GREECE: Recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council and European Court judgement highlight the urgent need for legislative reform on conscientious objection

Brussels, 14 October 2016

“In less than a year three different international human rights instruments have pointed out serious violations of human rights of conscientious objectors in Greece,” EBCO President Friedhelm Schneider underlined today. “This highlights Greece’s urgent need for legislative reform on conscientious objection, in order to comply with international human rights law and standards.” For this reason EBCO has decided to hold its next meeting in Athens, Greece (19 – 21 November).

ΕΛΛΑΔΑ: Οι συστασεις στο Συμβουλιο Ανθρωπινων Δικαιωματων του ΟΗΕ και η αποφαση του Ευρωπαικου Δικαστηριου υπογραμμιζουν την επειγουσα αναγκη για νομοθετικη μεταρρυθμιση οσον αφορα στην αντιρρηση συνειδησης

Βρυξέλλες 14/10/2016

«Σε λιγότερο από έναν χρόνο, τρία διαφορετικά διεθνή όργανα ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων επεσήμαναν σοβαρές παραβιάσεις ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων των αντιρρησιών συνείδησης στην Ελλάδα» υπογράμμισε σήμερα ο Πρόεδρος του Ευρωπαϊκού Γραφείου για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (E.B.C.O.), Φρίντχελμ Σνάιντερ.

Stop the Military Education: A statement of support for the CO Kamal El-ghety

No to Compulsory Military Service Movement supports the Conscientious Objector Kamal El-ghety in his request to be excepted from the compulsory Military Education subject. The universities organization law requires every Egyptian male student to attend a subject on Military Education in order to get his graduation certificate.

VR-DER on the 1st Anniversary of Suruç Massacre

“I don’t want the people I love and care about to be a part of the dirty war the state is fighting. This war doesn’t only kill men, it kills women too. That is why I am declaring my conscientious objection.”
Polen Ünlü, 15 May 2012

“I will not die or kill for anybody and I will not be a soldier of anybody. For a world without wars, nations and borders, for freedom I am listening to my conscience and I refuse military service. Let’s destroy militarism before it destroys our lives.”
Alper Sapan, 15 May 2014

Let’s Resist against the Spiral of Violence and Militarist Imposition

Military coups have brought along human rights violations in every location they have taken place. In every place where the army has taken control by force, the violence has been further institutionalized and the societies who witness the coups have been stuck in spirals of violence.

We are Against Any Kind of Coup d’état, Attempt to Stage Coup d’état, and Anti-democratic

16 July 2016

On 15 July 2016, there was an attempt to stage coup d’état in Turkey. There is still danger of coup d’état. Many civilians, soldiers and police officers either lost their lives or were injured resulted from violence, clashes during this attempt.


Omri Barnes and Tair Kaminer have been imprisoned again because they #refuse2occupy and refuse to serve the IDF.

Turkey guilty of inhuman treatment of ‘Muslim objector’

The European Court of Human Rights has found Turkey guilty of inhuman treatment of a “Muslim objector” who declined to serve in Turkey’s military due to the country’s secular identity, while ruling that Turkey did not violate the complainant’s freedom of conscience because his objection was based on political grounds.

Remember Concientious Objector on religious grounds Muhammad Ali

Ebco meeting May 2016 in London

EBCO met in London half May 2016 to remember the first law in history (U.K. , 1916) which provided a legal right to conscientious objection to military service. Next EBCO meeting will be organized in Athens in November 2016 with presentation of the annual EBCO report (survey on the current CO situation in Europe); Mihalis Marangakis, one of the historical Greek CO's, will present also his autobiographical book.

EBCO appeal: Free Ruslan Kotsaba!

Brussels, 26 May 2016

peaceRuslan Kotsaba, a journalist and conscientious objector from Ukraine, was  sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment by the city court of Ivano-Frankivsk (Western Ukraine) on 12 May 2016. The court found him guilty of „obstructing the legitimate activities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces“.

14th May: Meet conscientious objectors from across Europe

On Saturday 14th May, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection are holding their annual meeting in London for the first time; join representatives of peace movements afterwards for an informal meeting at 7.30pm. It will be a chance to hear how we can support anti-conscription and conscientious objector movements today, as well as to discover how recognition of the rights of conscientious objectors in Britain in 1916 impacted campaigns in other countries.
When: Saturday 14th May, 7.30pm

activity organised in honour of Jean Van Lierde

April 17 - Global Day Against Military Spending Athens action

Discussion on the right to Concientious Objection in Republic of Cyprus

Presentation – Discussion on the right to Concientious Objection in Republic of Cyprus

On Friday 15.4., together with the recognized conscientious objector in the Republic of Cyprus Loizos Loucaides and activists of the 'Demilitarised Nicosia Network', we are discussing about conscientious objection, the relevant legislation and the process to be followed in order for someone to be recognized as a conscientious objector in the Republic of Cyprus.