EBCO REPORT: Conscientious objection to military service in Europe 2014

Istanbul, October 2014, Researcher: Derek Brett
The researching of this report was enabled by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, York, UK.

FOREWORD by Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO President
In 2014 we are looking back to numerous commemoration events which – often in a military-centered perspective – focus on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

50th anniversary of the legal recognition of CO in Belgium

EBCO Kıbrıslı Türk Vicdani Retçi Haluk Selam Tufanlı’nın serbest bırakılması için çağrıda bulunuyor

Uluslararası eylem günü: Salı 9 Aralık 2014

Avrupa Vicdani Ret Bürosu (EBCO) Kıbrıslı Türk yetkililerin vicdani retçileri yargılayıp hapsetmek gibi kabul almaz ve çağ dışı uygulamalarını kınamaktadır. EBCO 31 yaşındaki vicdani retçi Haluk Selam Tufanlı’nın hemen salıverilmesini ve vicdani ret hakkının Avrupa ve uluslararası standartlar doğrultusunda askere alınmış kişilere, yedek kuvvetlere ve silahlı kuvvetlerin tüm profesyonel üyelerine tamamıyla tanınmasını talep etmektedir.

EBCO calls for the release of the Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanli

International day of action: Tuesday 9 December 2014

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) condemns the unacceptable and anachronistic practice of the Turkish-Cypriot authorities to prosecute and imprison conscientious objectors to military service.


Διεθνής ημέρα δράσης: Τρίτη 9 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO) καταδικάζει την απαράδεκτη και αναχρονιστική πρακτική των Τουρκοκυπριακών αρχών να διώκουν και να φυλακίζουν αντιρρησίες συνείδησης στη στρατιωτική θητεία.


halulkToday, 4 December 2014, Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanlı was sentenced to 10 days in prison for objecting to participate in the annual compulsory military exercises in the northern part of Cyprus on the basis of his ideological conscientious objection.

Haluk Selam Tufanli

Ελλάδα: Να σταματήσει η στοχοποίηση του Γιάννη Γκλαρνέτατζη και η καταπάτηση των δικαιωμάτων των αντιρρησιών συνείδησης

Βρυξέλλες, 22 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO) καταδικάζει για άλλη μια φορά την απαράδεκτη πρακτική των ελληνικών αρχών να στοχοποιούν και να διώκουν αντιρρησίες συνείδησης. Το EBCO ζητά την αναίρεση της καταδίκης του αντιρρησία συνείδησης Γιάννη Γκλαρνέτατζη και την απόσυρση των κατηγοριών εναντίον όλων των αντιρρησιών συνείδησης στην Ελλάδα, χώρα στην οποία ο θεσμός της εναλλακτικής υπηρεσίας παραμένει τιμωρητικός και αποτελεί διάκριση εις βάρος των αντιρρησιών συνείδησης.

Conscientious Objection Association of Turkey: We have neither a second nor a life to give to war!

The authorities initiated a “peace process” after the Turkish state and military conducted a thirty-year-old war whichleft thousands of casualties. The process was conceptualized as a step towards constructive dialogue with the Kurdish movement. However, the state did not abandon its long lived habits of providing peace with its arms, tanks and bombs. Families lost their children and funerals never stopped although a ceasefire was announced and armed groups left the Turkish borders.

10th October 2014 - Action on Galatasaray square (Istiklal street)

EBCO participated in the action on conscientious objection organised by the Association of Conscientious Objection in Turkey (VR-DER) on Galatasaray square (Istiklal street) on 10th October 2014. During the action, Vedat ZENCIR, one of the two first Turkish conscientious objectors who declared their conscientious objection on ideological grounds in 1990, burnt the arrest warrant that police issued against him on 27/07/2014. Another Turkish conscientious objector, Ercan AKTAS, also burnt the arrest warrant that police issued against him on 03/09/2014.