Last year, we marked the centenary of the Military Service Act by calling on the government to extend the definition of conscientious objection for the 21st Century.
This cause was taken up by Ruth Cadbury MP who with the support of her Parliamentary colleagues moved the Taxes for Peace Bill, legislation that if passed would enable all citizens who define as conscientious objectors to redirect the military portions of their taxes to non-violent means of ensuring our national security.
We were delighted that it passed its first reading in the House of Commons. Although the Bill was scheduled for debate on the 2nd of December, Parliament ran out of time for the Bill to be debated. However, the Bill has been rescheduled for the 24th of March 2017. The Taxes for Peace Bill is the next step forward in the future of fully recognising the human rights of conscientious objectors.
In an effort to gain support for the Bill, this event will be a panel discussion where we will hear from some of the UK's leading peacemakers about why this Bill should be supported.
We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Cohen and Symon Hill as our speakers for the event.
Jonathan Cohen is the Executive Director of Conciliation Resources, an independent international organisation which works with people in conflict, to prevent violence, resolve conflicts and promote peaceful societies.
Symon Hill is the Coordinator of the Peace Pledge Union, the oldest secular pacifist organisation in Britain, which has been campaigning for a world without war since 1934.
You can also help support the Taxes for Peace Bill by the signing the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/166611
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