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12.02.2021

COVID fuelling risk of recruitment and use of children in conflict, UN and EU warn on International Day

COVID fuelling risk of recruitment and use of children in conflict, UN and EU warn on International Day

More children could be pushed into the joining armed forces and armed groups due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, senior United Nations and European Union (EU) officials said on International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, observed on Thursday. In a joint statement EU… »

02.12.2020

Costa Rica’s active role in disarmament: a case for demilitarization

Costa Rica’s active role in disarmament: a case for demilitarization

December 1 marked the 72nd anniversary of Costa Rica’s extraordinary decision to abolish its armed forces.  Dr. Carlos Umaña, a Costa Rican from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), explains the background and reflects on the meaning of this action, the real value of resolving conflict through nonviolent… »

22.07.2020

Militarized lockdowns and a predatory quarantine — the unique story of Uganda’s pandemic response

Militarized lockdowns and a predatory quarantine — the unique story of Uganda’s pandemic response

Uganda’s COVID-19 experience underscores the seemingly universal opportunism of authoritarians amidst crisis, as well as opportunities for resistance. Phil Wilmot Eight young Ugandan men swarmed the streets of a bustling-yet-militarized Kampala. They were banging empty saucepans to demand food, which the government had promised… »

16.08.2018

[UK] Alarm over involvement of children at Armed Forces Day events

[UK] Alarm over involvement of children at Armed Forces Day events

By  Press Release Point  Posted June 30th, 2018 for Ekklesia Local authorities around the UK have been challenged over the involvement of children in events to mark Armed Forces Day this weekend (Saturday 30 June). Human rights groups warned that the armed forces are increasingly… »

02.06.2018

Germany. Teachers say NO to the union of armed forces and schools

Germany. Teachers say NO to the union of armed forces and schools

The banality of evil. Classrooms and courtyards converted into barracks; parades, choirs and bands of students and soldiers; training, coexistence, history, foreign languages and gymnastics classes with generals and admirals; guided tours of bases, radar installations and military airports; study activities on fighter-bombers, tanks, submarines and war frigates; alternating schoolwork… »

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