Declaration on Conscientious Objection

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In the world today there are still some countries that have mandatory military conscription, and there is a wide variety of policies toward conscientious objectors. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 18) states that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. In addition to the Christian foundation for exemption from military service expressed in this document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides a legal framework for protecting conscience against war. 

Our hope and desire is for these provisions to be made accessible to all members of society who for reasons of conscience cannot take part in military service or training.