The council of War Resisters' International agreed to accept No to Compulsory Military Service movement as a full member of the organization, during the annual meeting for its council, last week. By that, No to Compulsory Military Service movement becomes the first Egyptian movement to obtain a membership for the organization.
War Resisters' International is considered the largest gathering worldwide for the pacifist and the anti-militarist organizations. It was established in 1921 after the end of the first world war, as a humanitarian reaction to the bloodshed in the war. The organization includes in its membership more than 80 local organizations in more than 40 countries around the world. It aims at abolishing wars, militarism and compulsory military recruitment.
The movement started its relation with War Resisters' International in 2010 when Maikel Nabil Sanad, the founder, declared his conscientious objection, the organization backed his right to conscientious objection to military service. Also, the organization currently backs the right of the conscientious objectors, Emad el Dafrawi and Mohamed Fathy, and is contributing in the international campaign demanding the Egyptian government to recognize the right to conscientious objection in Egypt.