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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

VIDEO Refuseniks from around the world speak out

1 March 2005
Video Refusing to kill

by Payday men’s network

Watch testimonies of refuseniks and supporters, often mothers and partners, from the UK, US, Israel, Jamaica, Sudan.

Supporting ‘The Five’ Israeli refuseniks

1 November 2004
Israeli refuseniks The FIve

By Payday men’s network

Convicted in December 2003 and released in September 2004, ‘The Five’ Israeli refuseniks internationalised their struggle. On the day of their conviction, there were solidarity actions in London, Rome, Berlin and in France.

Opposing Gulf War Syndrome

1 May 2004

By Payday men’s network

In 2004, along with our sisters in WinVisible we supported Gulf War vet Alex Izett’s 40-day hunger strike. It led to the setting up of an Independent Inquiry into the Gulf War Syndrome.

Supporting Israeli refuseniks

1 April 2003

By Payday men’s network

Payday and the Global Women’s Strike have supported Israeli refuseniks whether when thousands were refusing to fight or when only few individuals or smaller groups were visibly resisting.