How do you feel about paying for war through your taxes?
Do you deeply object to being made to participate in killing other people?
Would you rather see your money spent on peace building initiatives?
Who We Are
CPTI is an international peace movement focussed on "Taxes for peace not war," seeking to direct taxes away from preparation for war and towards peace building.
Our mission arises from the deep affront to our consciences that people are made to participate in war as combatants, civilian victims and through taxation. We are also moved by the common sense proposition that our taxes should be used to abolish war, not promote it.
The ethical principle of freedom of conscience, a moral imperative governing the behaviour of an individual, is central to the objectives and work of CPTI.
CPTI aims to win recognition of the right to conscientious objection to paying for armaments, war preparation and war conduct through taxes.
CPTI also supports the rights of conscientious objectors of all kinds and the worldwide recognition of human rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (in English, new window; in 438 languages, new window).
While CPTI is not an umbrella organisation of all war tax resistance and peace tax campaigns (WTR and PTC), it supports and links the work of the many national and regional campaigns. Visit ourGlobal War Tax Resistance page for more information about the many other organisations around the world.
CPTI is constituted as a company (new window) under English law and is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (new window) of the United Nations.
What We Are Doing
We focus much of our activity on the UN, submitting documents to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights (UNCHR) often relating to specific countries and reporting on their treatment of conscientious objectors. Visit our CPTI Statements to the United Nations page to find out more and read our submissions.
We are a central point of reference for WTR and PTC around the world and one of the means by which national campaigns communicate with one another and coordinate international action. Visit our National War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns page to find an organisation near you.
We have a legal committee (LC) dedicated to researching ways to bring this issue before international courts. The LC are also accumulating a body of advice for WTR taking complaints to national and international courts. They have a growing collection of legal case history to assist them. We have information on the most significant national/international cases on our Court Cases page.
CPTI was founded in 1994 at the biennial International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns and has become the overseeing body for the conference. The International Conference is hosted and organised by a different national organisation each time. The last International Conference was held in Manchester, England, in 2008.
How You Can Help
CPTI needs supporters, because the more of us there are, the more we can impress officials in the UN and national governments with our constituency.
- Join CPTI.
If you are prepared to put some time into the organisation you can become a member. You would be expected to attend the meetings of the General Assembly, usually every two years, or send your proxy. You would share actively in our work and become involved in the General Assembly's decision-making process. Learn more.
- Join Your National Organisation.
Find your national organisation on our National War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns page. If you know about a national organisation that is not listed on that page, please tell us about it.
- Give Practical Support to CPTI.
If you cannot make a full commitment to membership, you may have particular skills which CPTI needs and would value. For instance: interpretation, translation, publicity, assisting UN representatives. More suggestions.
- Fund CPTI's Work.
CPTI also needs funds to enable its Board to meet face to face twice a year, also for its representatives in Geneva and New York to participate and make submissions to the UNCHR and for the Legal Committee to meet and carry out its research. Please help us by donating on-line or by other means offered.
2016 International Peace Bureau (IPB) World Congress Held in Berlin
The IPB hold a triennial international conference in different countries around the world. This year it was held in Berlin: IPB World Congress program and reports (new window) report on CPTI participation (PDF, new window).
New Legislation in Germany and the U.S.
In mid-March of 2011, peace tax legislation was newly proposed in Germany and the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill was resubmitted in the U.S. Congress. (Information on 10 nations' peace tax legislation.)
The Case of Bayatyan v. Armenia
In July 2010, CPTI joined with four other international organizations to submit an amicus brief in support of an Armenian Jehovah's Witness's complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) under Article 9, Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (new window). It would be a major breakthrough if the ECHR were, at last, to acknowledge conscientious objection to military service as a human right in line with the UN Human Rights Committee. Read the brief (new window). We eagerly await the court's decision. More.
A Persistent Voice: A Book Review by Ruth Flower
Friends of Marian Franz, a co-founder of CPTI, published a book of her essays entitled A Persistent Voice: Marian Franz and Conscientious Objection to Military Taxation. Ruth Flower perused this collection of writings and described its treasures. Read the full review (new window). Visit the publisher's Web page (new window) for this book.
Republic of Korea—An Historic Decision
Following a landmark case, the UN Human Rights Committee has now declared that conscientious objection to military service is a protected form of manifestation of religion, belief or conscience under Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (23 January 2007). More.
CPTI Documents Submitted to the UN Since 2001
Complete listing: Links to the actual documents are on the CPTI Statements to the United Nations page.
Recent submissions: Oral Statement by CPTI to the 12th Session of the Human Rights Council, 18 September 2009
UPR Submissions for Armenia, Belarus, & Turkey, May 2010.
CPTI Submission to the 96th Session of the Human Rights Committee: July 2009: Conscientious Objection to Military Service: Azerbaijan, Chad, Netherlands, United Republic of Tanzania
CPTI Submissions to the 6th Session of the UPR Working Group, December 2009: Cyprus and Eritrea
CPTI Submission to the 5th Session of the UPR Working Group, April 2009: Chile
Oral Statements by CPTI: Adoption of UPR Reports on Colombia, Israel, Turkmenistan—Human Rights Council, 19 & 20 March 2009
Joint Statement by Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers) and Conscience and Peace Tax International, Human Rights Council, 16 March 2009
CPTI Submission to the 95th Session of the Human Rights Committee: March 2009—Conscientious Objection to Military Service: Australia, Chad, Rwanda, Sweden
If you would like to receive our occasional news bulletin, send an e-mail message to the Bulletin Secretary, giving your name and country. The links below are an archive of past issues (PDF files, new window):
Bulletin 12: 2 Feb 2011: CPTI and the UN Human Rights Committee
Bulletin 11: 29 Nov 2010: International Conference & European Court of Human Rights Decisions
Bulletin 10: 30 Apr 2010: A Group Declaration of Conscience
Bulletin 9: 25 Mar 2010: New CPTI Website Design
Bulletin 8: 4 Mar 2010: 13th Biennial Peace Tax Conference
Bulletin 7: 20 Dec 2009: World Council of Churches Minute
Bulletin 6: 29 Oct 2009: 97th Session of Human Rights Committee
Bulletin 5: 10 Jun 2009: Peace Tax Seven and the ECHR
Bulletin 4: 20 Apr 2009: Rieman Memorial
Bulletin 3: 9 Feb 2009: Complaint to German Constitutional Court
Bulletin 2: 6 Feb 2009: Universal Periodic Review Procedure
Bulletin 1: 16 Jan 2009: Sian Cwper in Court