Ninth International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns - Hirschluch, Germany 2002

Conference Statement

In the context of the right not to be complicit in killing, more than 100 delegates to the 9th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns from 16 European, African, Asian and American countries call for frill legal recognition of the right of those who object in conscience to paying for the military element in taxation.

With the ever increasing threats of war and military conflict in mind, the conference has made the following statements:

In international affairs, since non-violent conflict resolution appears to be increasingly replaced by military action the conference is deeply concerned about war preparations by the US Government against Iraq. It calls upon governments not to participate in the increasing escalation and to reject any request for the use of their military facilities.

The following delegates have been elected to the board of CPTI for the next four years: Marian Franz (USA), Bart Horemann (Netherlands), Eric Hummels (chairman, Netherlands), Hannelore Morgenstern (Germany), Pedro Otaduy (Spain), Dirk Panhuis (Belgium) and Cosimo Tomaselli (Italy).

The Belgian organisation “Vredesaktie” (Peace Action) offers to host the 10th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns in Belgium in July 2004 and this is joyfully accepted by the conference.

Hirschluch - 9th September 2002