Conscientious Objection and Opposition to the Vietnam War in the USA

By Elena (Lane) Deamant Introduction: The Cultural Backdrop The political, ideological, and ethical contentions of the Vietnam War led to the largest antiwar movement in history. Around 1964-5, when the US military began its full-throttle attacks on North Vietnam, the American public was already primed for protest activism by the ongoing civil rights and anti-nuclear… Continue reading Conscientious Objection and Opposition to the Vietnam War in the USA

French Conscientious Objection to the Algerian War

By Alexander Gunnar Raboisson The right to conscientious objections remains a blurred area in which the applicability of it differs from nation to nation. If we read the factsheet on conscientious objections of the European court of human rights, it is easy to observe that it has in the past not been prevalent within the… Continue reading French Conscientious Objection to the Algerian War

The freedom to obey your conscience in Finland

By Alexander Gunnar Raboisson Finnish conscripts giving their military oath, Author: Karri Huhtanen, Source, Date 26 August 2005 Finland is the only country in Scandinavia that requires obligatory military service for all men. In the three other countries, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, conscription remains in place; but only 20% of those in the age group end… Continue reading The freedom to obey your conscience in Finland

Feminist Conscientious Objection in Israel

By Elena (Lane) Deamant Israel is one of only a few countries around the world where military service is compulsory for women, resulting in a multitude of unique anti-military movements by women with many different views. The military is widely recognized as a central aspect of people’s lives, as the feminist group New Profile has… Continue reading Feminist Conscientious Objection in Israel