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Turkish pacifist with a placard supporting conscientious objectors in Russia and Ukraine

There were protests and vigils around the world yesterday (15 May) to celebrate and support concientious objectors past and present. 

Russian anti-war protesters

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has been urged to make a public offer of asylum to Russian soldiers who refuse to fight in Ukraine.

Houses of Parliament

British pacifists have said that repressive measures proposed in the Queen's Speech won't stop people taking direct action.

British army tank in Estonia

The Peace Pledge Union has challenged Liz Truss' call to increase British military spending and send warplanes to Ukraine.

British soldiers in training

In the last year, the world spent $2,113,000,000,000 on armed force, according to figures released today.

Teachers visiting the PPU stand at NEU conference

Teachers at a union conference have been visiting the Peace Pledge Union stand to express support for campaigns against militarism in schools.

Rishi Sunak in the House of Commons

Rishi Sunak has blamed rising inflation and spiralling poverty in the UK on the war in Ukraine - even though they began before the war did.

Boris Johnson

British pacifists have sharply criticised Boris Johnson for promoting deals with Saudi Arabia as an alternative to dealing with Russia.

British army tank in Estonia

Politicians have been urged to reject calls by the former Foreign Secretary to increase UK military spending by more than 50%.

A Russian woman protester is led away by police while holding white flowers

The Russian group Feminist Anti-War Resistance have called on people around the world to challenge the war in Ukraine.

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