War Resisters' International (WRI): an anti-war organisation

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Photo War Resisters' International (WRI): an anti-war organisation

War is the main enemy of peace. Fighting war is therefore an important battle in order to preserve peace but above all to develop it. To fight the war, some of the biggest names in peace like Prem Rawat who has become ambassadors to spread the words and resolutions of peace throughout the world. Others create or volunteer for anti-war organizations like the Prem Rawat Foundation or the War Resisters International.

An organization to stop the war

Created in 1921, War Resister's International is initially called "Paco" which means peace before becoming War Resisters' International in 1923. The initiative of its creation is the result of the effects of the First World War but also the frustration accumulated after the Second International of socialism. The founders of the organization advocate the end of the war and especially the non-participation in any form of war to promote peace.

Among its main founders is Runham Brown, who even before he created the organization was already a staunch supporter of anti-war. In the 1900s, Ronham was even punished for refusing to participate in the Boer War in South Africa. In 1915 he initiated campaigns against the death penalty for soldiers refusing to carry out orders, and in 1916 he served two years in prison for anti-militarism.

According to him, his dream in prison was to create an organization where all those who refuse war, violence and military service can work together and refuse any form of violence against any human being. War Resisters' International is a way for him to bring together all those who are against the war but above all to raise awareness and furnish the world to the end of war and all that is armaments.

An association against "war profiteers"

WRI is especially known for its campaigns aimed at "war profiteers". The WRI's "war profiteers" newsletter is a partial response to the increasing role of private companies in the war. Not only in the manufacture of weapons or the development of technologies such as drones, but also increasingly in the category of subcontractors - whether to build and maintain military bases, fumigate jungles, or "private" security services in full development. In its actions thus, the WRI focuses on denouncing the arms business and the war in the world.

Against military service

The WRI will always be associated with conscientious objection to military service. Several organizations are trying to defend the latter in terms of human rights or by advocating for a civilian alternative to military service. For the WRI, however, conscientious objection is primarily a form of action against war and militarism.

And in the world military service is still compulsory in several countries and has harmful impacts such as the punishment of Eritrean families whose children have fled the country rather than performing military service, until the practice of systematic hazing known as the name "dedovschina", which costs the Russian army hundreds of lives in suicides or "accidents". The WRI denounces the grim impact of various forms of military recruitment and the repression against those who resist them.