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conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR, works for a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.

We campaign for a progressive increase in the amount of UK tax spent on peacebuilding, and a corresponding decrease in the amount spent on war and preparation for war. We also campaign for the legal right of those with a conscientious objection to war to have the entire military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding.

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Conscience submits report on conscientious objection to the United Nations 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights produces a report on conscientious objection to military service every four years. The report will highlight positive developments and continuing challenges for COs around the world. The more NGOs that provide input detailing progress and continuing violations the stronger the report will be. We have made a submission to be included in the report.

It will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June when States and NGOs will have the chance to comment. In September 2017 the Human Rights Council will consider adopting a resolution on the right of conscientious objection to military service. A strong report is a good foundation for this resolution which in turn should be a tool for advocacy at the national and international level and for bilateral pressure for change from one State to another.

Conscience has taken this opportunity to highlight the pressures facing conscientious objectors to military taxation and have submitted a full breakdown of the history and current issues facing those who refuse to pay for war. We have argued that the extension of CO status for taxpayers is becoming increasingly necessary in a world of ever-more mechanised warfare,

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Conscience Crowdfunder is now Live!

Here at Conscience, we want to create a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.

This is why Conscience is looking to attend the International Peace Bureau (IPB) World Congress 2016 in Berlin, taking place from 30 September – 3 October, but it’s going to cost us £1,500 to attend so we need your help!

Click here to donate and give Peace a Voice!

The aim of the congress is to bring the issue of military spending into the public domain and strengthen the global community of activism.

Our attendance to this congress is essential and will mean that we can:

  1. Train – to learn how to be better achieve social change from the best peacebuilding organisations in the world.
  2. Teach – to share our parliamentary knowledge with others.
  3. Network – to build relationships across the peace sector.
  4. Co-ordinate – to unite with other peace tax campaigners and be more effective in our campaigning.
Please share and watch our crowdfunding video, and help us achieve our goal of raising £1,500. 

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