21 September - International Day of Peace Conscientious objection to military service: a tangible contribution to peace

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace on 21 September 2018, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) emphasizes that conscientious objection to military service is as well a basic human right as a tangible contribution to peace; it is a concrete act of rejecting war and violence, and promoting peace and universal human values.

IN FACT THIS HAPPENED TO US, 18 June 2018

150 thousand of our fellow citizens, peaceful and honest people, became outlawed today. Any time, each of them can be arrested and sentenced to imprisonment. These people did not kill, did not rape, did not steal or act brutally. They, like more than 8 million of their brethren in the world, study and preach the Bible, and try to live it. Now they are put into prison. Their fault is that they are Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Today each of them can become a political prisoner.

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Statement at UN Human Rights Council

High Commissioner    19th June 2018
I wish to address issues in two of the States named in your report – Turkey and the Russian Federation.

Investigation to Merve Arkun - Co-Chairman of the Conscientious Objection Association - Press release of 8 June 2018

An investigation has been opened to our Co-chairman Merve Arkun, by Diyarbakır Office of the Chief Prosecution, due to the activities which were held on the 15th of May, The International Day for Consencious Objectors.
We had organised two-day activities on the 15th of May in 2016, and throughout the activities; we had organised a  press release and declarations of conscientious objection in front of Tahir Elçi city forest, with the title “We Do not Let Amed to Become a Garrison Town”.

Το Ευρωπαϊκο Γραφειο για την Αντιρρηση Συνειδησης και η Αντιπολεμικη Διεθνης στηριζουν το μποϊκοταζ της Επιτροπης Ελεγχου Συνειδησης απο τους Ελληνες αντιρρησιες συνειδησης

Βρυξέλλες 29 Μαΐου 2018

European Bureau for Conscientious Objection and War Resisters’ International support Greek conscientious objectors’ boycott of the Conscience Examination Committee

Joint statement of 29 May 2018
Bearing in mind the scandalous fact that despite numerous appeals, Greek authorities have, for several decades, violated the human right of conscientious objection to military service, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection and War Resisters’ International support the renewed call for a boycott of the Conscience Examination Committee (the special advisory committee which examines applications for conscientious objector status), which has been issued by the Association of Greek Conscientious Objectors.

Appeal to implement the jurisdiction of the ECHR in favour of Turkish conscientious objectors: Joint submission of EBCO, WRI and IFOR to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Twelve years after the groundbreaking judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in favour of the Turkish conscientious objector Osman Murat Ülke the Turkish government continues to deny the comprehensive implementation of the mentioned ruling. Until now neither the individual nor the general legislative measures requested by the judgement have been fully executed: In November 2017 Ülke’s case has been reopened by the Prosecutor in Bilecik, and there is still no provision in Turkish law that would guarantee the human right of conscientious objection to military service.

2-1-2018 The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection about Y.V.Yaylali and Meral Geylani

Yannis-Vasilis Yaylali is a peace activist and journalist in Turkey, jailed by the Turkish government since April 22nd of 2017. He is a Turkish citizen of Greek origin born in the Bafra area of the Black Sea coast.
Mr Friedhelm Schneider from the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) sent the statement below about Yannis-Vasilis Yaylali and Meral Geylani.

Azione nonviolenta, Novembre-Dicembre 2017, (Anno 54, n. 624) Numero monografico dedicato alle politiche estere di pace

Il 2018 sarà buono se la nonviolenza crescerà.Dai una mano con l’abbonamento

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE Recul à l’échelle de l’Europe

Le Bureau européen pour l’objection de conscience (EBCO) présente son Rapport annuel 2017 sur l’objection de conscience au service militaire en Europe, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des droits humains (10 décembre).

PRESS RELEASE: A negative track across Europe Launch of EBCO’s Annual Report 2017 on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe

Brussels, 8 December 2017

In view of the International Human Rights Day (December 10th) the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) publishes its new Annual Report “Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2017”.

Objecteurs de conscience et militants de la paix venus de toute l’Europe se réunissent à Chypre dans la zone tampon de l’ONU entre les deux parties de Nicosie

Le Bureau européen pour l’objection de conscience (EBCO) a tenu son assemblée générale 2017 le 4 novembre au Centre multimedia communautaire chypriote, dans la zone tampon de l’ONU entre les deux parties de Nicosie, la dernière capitale divisée d’Europe.

ebco meeting

Conscientious objectors and peace activists from around Europe in the UN buffer zone between the two parts of Nicosia, Cyprus

Brussels, 10 November 2017

The 2017 General Assembly of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) was held on 4th November in the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in the UN buffer zone between the two parts of Nicosia, the last divided capital in Europe, in Cyprus.

Life of Children in Conflict Zones

We are happy to present You the following album prepared by the National Assembly of Youth Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the frame of “July 22nd – European Action Day in Support of Victims of Hate Crime” of youth campaign of the Council of Europe - No Hate Speech Movement  in memory of Zakhra Guliyeva, the 2 years old victim of hate crime and all the children hurt and killed during armed troop attacks.

Military trial of 53year old pioneer conscientious objector sets another negative record for Greece

Brussels, 31 May 2017

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection expresses its indignation for the forthcoming trial of Panagiotis Makris by the 3-membered Military Court of Thessaloniki on Thursday, June 1st, for an offence of “insubordination” since 1990!
 

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