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Conscientious Objectors memorial stone inscription in Tavistock Square

On Friday 15th May people around the world will pause to remember all those who have refused to bear arms and participate in war.

Children bombed out of their homes in the London Blitz, 1940

People with memories of World War Two are expressing fear over plans in some areas to sound air raid sirens at events to mark VE Day 75.

Dresden after the bombing of February 1945

The PPU has said that the 75th anniversary of VE Day is an occasion for remembering victims of war and learning from the past.

Nick Carter addressing the government coronavirus briefing

UK military leaders are facing criticism after General Nick Carter used a coronavirus briefing to push a pro-military and pro-nuclear agenda.

British troops marching on Armed Forces Day

Rules issued by the Ministry of Defence today ban all armed forces personnel from mentioning "defence" issues on social media without approval.

UK army recruits in training

The UK government has paused an integrated review of defence policy to focus on tackling the coronavirus pandemic. 

Rishi Sunak about to present the budget

The Chancellor's plan to give National Insurance relief to businesses that hire veterans has been condemned for encouraging employers to engage in unfair discrimination.

Chris Henderson of PPU Council reports back on a discussion about the meaning of the peace pledge

Pacifist determination to resist war was made clear as Peace Pledge Union members from around Britain held their annual general meeting last weekend.

PPU supporters campaigning in the street in Hackney

The Peace Pledge Union has launched a new project to support people in campaigning about everyday militarism in their own communities.

Army cadets marching in North Wales

Pacifists have welcomed a vote by Cambridge University Students' Union against allowing military recruitment at freshers' fairs. 

The Peace Pledge Union (PPU) predicted that students at other universities will follow Cambridge's example. 

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