CO memorial stone, Tavistock Square, London



Monday 15th May 2017

Events will be held around the world to remember, support and celebrate conscientious objectors, who have established and are maintaining the right to refuse to kill.


LONDON: 12.00 noon, Tavistock Square

Open to all

We will lay white flowers in memory of conscientious objectors past and present, including the hundreds still imprisoned around the world for resisting war. There will be reflections and music to celebrate conscientious objection. The ceremony is organised by the World War One Peace Forum, a network of groups including the Peace Pledge Union.


Events to mark International Conscientious Objectors' Day will take place around the world. Below are the details of the events in the UK that we know about. If you have information about any events in the UK for CO Day that are not listed here, please let us know! You can email Details of events to mark the day elsewhere in the world are available from War Resisters' International.



6.30pm, Thursday 18 May: Wreath-laying in the Garden of Peace, attached to the Temple of Peace. Followed by an evening event with speakers from Cytin (Churches Together in Wales), the United Nations Association and the Peace Pledge Union.


5.00-6.00pm, Monday 15 May 2017: Foot of the Mound, by the National Gallery, Princes Street
With singing, readings of poems and the names of COs from across Scotland, as well as contemporary COs from around the world. We will stand in solidarity with all COs, past, present and future and launch a crowdfunder for the CO Memorial which will stand below Edinburgh Castle. Organised by Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre. All welcome. Contact 0131 629 1058 or


2.30-3.30pm, Sunday 14 May 2017: Meet at the memorial to conscientious objectors on Peace Walk. We will remember those who refused to fight, honour conscientious objectors in prison around the world and present a charter against the militarisation of young people in Leicester. Organised by Leicester CND. Email


6.00-8.00pm (refreshments available from 5.30), Monday 15 May 2017:
Merseyside Peace Network invite you to find out about the thousands of conscientious objectors still imprisoned around the world for refusing to fight. You can see the film People Who Don't Take Up Arms, about conscientious objectors in South Korea. It's at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT.


See above (top of page).


7.00pm on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May; 2.30pm and 7.00pm on Saturday 20 May:
Devils on Horseback, a play about conscientious objectors facing tribunals in south London in World War One. Council Chamber of Deptford Old Town Hall. More information at


12.00 noon - 1.00pm, Monday 15 May 2017: An hour-long vigil with leaflets on Hay Hill in the city centre, Organised by: Norwich Quakers. Contact: 01603 62194 or


Monday 15 May 2017, Time to be confirmed (probably noon or 1.00pm): Peace Plaque, Bonn Square. Organised by Oxfordshire Peace Campaign. Contact: Nigel Day,


12.30pm, Sunday 14 May 2017: Walk and sing for peace. Meet at HMS Nelson gate, Queens Street, to walk about two miles to Sallyport, Old Portsmouth, singing peace songs at appropriate points, and giving the Portsmouth pink peace scarf another outing. Organised by Southdowns Peace Group, Portsmouth Quaker Meeting and Women in Black. Contact


2.30-3.30pm, Saturday 13 May 2017: We will assemble in Sheffield's peace gardens and sing songs for peace and hear testimony from conscientious objectors. We will walk together to the Cenataph in Barker's Pool (opposite Sheffield City Hall) and lay a white poopy wreath for conscientious objectors everywhere. Email if you would like to join the Choir for Peace.


Omri Baranes, Israeli COCO Day in Turkey, 2016CO Day 2016, London