leafletting soldiers


Since 2003, when the war in Iraq broke out, Payday has organized or joined a number of international campaigns working with some organisations in the Global Women's Strike (GWS) to support soldiers and conscientious objectors who refuse to fight or men and women who refuse conscription.

We have supported individual campaigns in many countries including Turkey, Greece, Israel the US and the UK. These campaigns were almost always led by women - partners, mothers, sisters, relatives. For many years, with Queer Strike, we joined an international and successful campaign to free Chelsea Manning, a transexual army analyst who leaked thousands of classified military files to Wikileaks.

We have also worked to defeat legislations that punish refuseniks or that exonerate war crimes. We have also opposed rape within the military and military families as well as the mistreatment of soldiers and veterans.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on our support to past campaigns by & with refuseniks, visit www.refusingtokill.net, our former website.  For an overview, watch our 2005 video Refusing to Kill - Refuseniks around the world speak out

Refuseniks of the world

Israeli critic Meir Baruchin reinstated

16 January 2024
Meir Barucin

By Payday

Israeli critic Meir Baruchin reinstated after he was sacked and detained for posts on social media criticising the military and the occupation. A defeat for the Israeli state who wanted to make an example of him.

Israeli refusers Atalya Ben Aba and Sofia Orr speak out

6 January 2024
Refuser Sofia Orr

By Payday

Atalya Ben Abab spoke of her refusal after 4 months in jail. Sofia Orr’s refusal to be part of the IDF was broadcasted on Al Jazeera on 30 December 2023. She has received death threats and rape threats for her position. We must defend her.

London action to support refuseniks in Belarus, Israel, Russia, Ukraine & worldwide!

13 December 2023

By Payday

Connecting refuseniks in Israel with refuseniks in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, part of the week of action of the #ObjectWarCampaign

Ceasefire Now! From Ukraine to Palestine Support refuseniks in Belarus, Israel, Russia, Ukraine & worldwide!

7 December 2023
Support refuseniks in Ukraine and Palestine

By Payday

The protest will highlight the #ObjectWarCampaign’s demands for asylum and protection to conscientious objectors and deserters from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and our support to refusers from Israel who oppose occupation, apartheid and genocide.

Ukraine to change conscription policies in drive to sustain fighting capacity

27 November 2023

By Shaun Walker, The Guardian

The Ukrainian government is planning to change its conscription practices as it seeks to sustain fighting capacity after nearly two years of full-fledged war with Russia.

Israeli refuseniks speak out against the genocide of Palestinian people

18 November 2023
Israeli CO Tal Mitnick

Israeli conscientious objectors

Despite a ban on protests and ongoing repression by the Israeli government since the start of the ongoing war on Palestinians, conscientious objectors have spoken out against the genocide of Palestinian women, children and men.

Why the No Borders movement cannot remain silent about Palestine!

3 November 2023
No borders badge

By No Borders groups in Germany

In a time where it has become illegal in Germany to say “Free Palestine” and solidarity demos have been banned, it is essential for the No Borders movement to speak up, not just against some forms of racism, but against all racism!

‘What’s this all for?’: Russian deserters call on former comrades to join them

26 October 2023
conscription in Russia

By Pjotr Sauer, The Guardian

Nearly 50,000 Russian soldiers have died in the war in Ukraine (…) the war in Ukraine had become the leading cause of death for young Russian men.