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Pacifism and Antimilitarism

The BSV is a pacifist / antimilitarist organization. We reject all forms of violence and strive for overcoming war and the military. Safety and security we consider as human needs that can be met by nonviolent, unarmed means, like social defence or Unarmed Civilian Protection.

The BSV has held a number of conferences and symposiums and published numerous Working Papers and Info Sheets on conflict transformation and on issues related to militarization (nuclear weapons, drones etc.). Unfortunately they are all in German language.

This category includes the commitment to alternatives to the military – advocacy for nonviolent conflict transformation, social defence, peace services and civil peacekeeping.

It also includes our involvement in the peace movement and our criticism of armaments and the military – from arms exports and nuclear weapons to the German Army.

The BSV is member of several umbrella organizations in Germany and international: The Kooperation für den Frieden (Cooperation for Peace), Aktionsgemeinschaft Dienst für den Frieden (Association Service for Peace) and War Resisters’ International.