International Day of Conscientious Objector Date in the current year: May 15, 2017

International Day of Conscientious Objector Each year International Day of Conscientious Objector is marked around the world on May 15. This observance raises awareness of people, who refuse to participate in armed conflicts.

Conscientious Objectors are those people, who refuse to join armed forces or participate in armed conflicts for moral, political or religious reasons. Many countries allow conscientious objectors serve public as an alternative to military service. But some countries do not give such right to the conscientious objectors and they are prosecuted.

International Day of Conscientious Objector is observed in many countries by different events. For instance, a brief ceremony is held at the Commemorative Stone in London. During the ceremony the names of those people, who refused to kill, are read out. White flowers are laid on the Stone to commemorate those people.

Observation of International Day of Conscientious Objector raises public awareness of those people, who reject militarism and continue to be killed or prosecuted for their believes, and remember people, who refused to go to war.

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