Northern part of Cyprus: Constitutional Court rules on constitutionality of conscientious objection

Brussels, 11 October 2013

“EBCO urges the full recognition of the right to conscientious objection for conscripts, reservists and professional members of the armed forces, in line with European and international standards”, Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO’s President stated today, following yesterday’s ruling of the Constitutional Court in the northern part of Cyprus on the case of conscientious objector and EBCO Board member Murat Kanatli.

Οχι αλλα βηματα πισω στο δικαιωμα στην αντιρρηση συνειδησης

Ο ευρωβουλευτής των Οικολόγων Πρασίνων / Ομάδα των Πράσινων στο Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινοβούλιο, Νίκος Χρυσόγελος, φιλοξένησε την Παρασκευή 4 Οκτωβρίου 2013 την παρουσίαση της ετήσιας έκθεσης του Ευρωπαϊκού Γραφείου για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (ΕΒCΟ) σχετικά με το δικαίωμα στην αντίρρηση συνείδησης στη στρατιωτική θητεία στην Ευρώπη.

THE RIGHT TO CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MILITARY SERVICE IN EUROPE

Brussels, 30 September 2013

Friday 4 October 2013, 16:30 – 19:30

Office of the European Parliament in Greece, 8 Amalias avenue, Syntagma square
PRESENTATION OF EBCO’S ANNUAL REPORT ON CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MILITARY SERVICE IN EUROPE
hosted by MEP Nikos Chrysogelos (GREENS/EFA)

ΤΟ ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΝΤΙΡΡΗΣΗ ΣΥΝΕΙΔΗΣΗΣ ΣΤΗ ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΗ ΘΗΤΕΙΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΥΡΩΠΗ

Βρυξέλλες, 30 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

Παρασκευή 4 Οκτωβρίου 2013, 16:30 – 19:30. Γραφείο του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στην Ελλάδα, Λεωφ. Αμαλίας 8, Σύνταγμα

ΠΑΡΟΥΣΙΑΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΕΤΗΣΙΑΣ ΕΚΘΕΣΗΣ ΤΟΥ EBCOΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΑΝΤΙΡΡΗΣΗ ΣΥΝΕΙΔΗΣΗΣ ΣΤΗ ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΗ ΘΗΤΕΙΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΥΡΩΠΗ με την φιλοξενία του ευρωβουλευτή των Οικολόγων Πράσινων Νίκου Χρυσόγελου

EBCO honours the memory of Gerd Greune, one year after

Brussels, 29 August 2013

One year after his sudden death, EBCO honours the memory of Gerd Greune, co-founder of EBCO, and a prominent figure in the fields of pacifism, conscientious objection to military service, and human rights.

EBCO has uploaded a memorial video tribute here:

To President Barack Obama, To US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

As Members of the European Parliament, who were elected to represent our constituents throughout Europe, we are writing to express our concerns about the ongoing persecution of Bradley Manning, the young U.S. soldier who released classified information revealing evidence of human rights abuses and apparent war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dear friends and supporters,

agco_en_logoAthens 1st of July 2013

The current year is one of the worst periods in the history of Conscientious Objection in Greece, as measured by the number of prosecutions. Long-forgotten charges have been re-activated in a deliberate attempt to suffocate the objectors personally and financially.

Queridos amigos y simpatizantes,

agco_en_logoAtenas 1o de Julio 2013

Chers amis et sympathisants,

agco_en_logoAthènes, le 1er juillet 2013

European Parliament / Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief / The right to conscientious objection to military service

European Parliament / Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief / The right to conscientious objection to military service/ approved on 13 06 2013

The European Parliament has approved on 13 June 2013 a recommendation to the Council of 13 June 2013 on the draft EU Guidelines on the Promotion European Parliament recommendation and Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief (2013/2082(INI)).

"The right to conscientious objection

Child Soldiers in Armed Conflicts, Thursday 27th of June 2013, EU Parliament, Brussels

EBCO strongly condemns the continuous persecution of Greek conscientious objectors

Brussels, 05 june 2013
On Monday 3rd June 2013 Michalis Tolis, a 30-year-old total objector was arrested and brought to the police station of Ioannina. The charge against him is insubordination. He was transferred to Athens and brought before the Military Court of Athens on Tuesday 4th June. The trial was postponed to today, Wednesday 5th June. Alexia Tsouni will observe the trial on behalf of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection.

Saturday 1st June 2013 at 11:30, Conflict in Syria, back from the border, Can pacifists act?

Francesco Candelari, SG of IFOR , is just back from Libanon, on the border with Syria, where he met last weeks, together with Mairead Corrigan Maguire (Nobel Prize for Peace), several representatives of Syrian civil society in exile. What about nonviolent resistance movements in Syria, the civil society and the political actuality. Is a nonviolent response possible ?

Fr. Candelari has worked in the past as journalist and for the UN in New York.

EBCO expresses deep concern on some European countries on May 15th, International Day on Conscientious Objection

Brussels, 15 May 2013
On the occasion of the International Day on Conscientious Objection on May 15th, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its deep concern over the grave violations of the rights of conscientious objectors in some European countries, particularly in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Greece, and calls their governments to urgently fully recognise the right to conscientious objection to military service, in line with the European and international standards and recommendations.

Το EBCO εκφραζει τη βαθια του ανησυχια για ορισμενες Ευρωπαικες χωρες την 15η Μαιου, παγκοσμια ημερα για την αντιρρηση συνειδησης

Βρυξέλλες, 15 Μαΐου 2013

Με την ευκαιρία της Παγκόσμιας Ημέρας για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης στις 15 Μαΐου, το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO) εκφράζει τη βαθιά του ανησυχία για τις σοβαρές παραβιάσεις των δικαιωμάτων των αντιρρησιών συνείδησης σε ορισμένες ευρωπαϊκές χώρες, ιδιαίτερα στην Τουρκία, το Αζερμπαϊτζάν, την Αρμενία και την Ελλάδα, και καλεί τις κυβερνήσεις τους να αναγνωρίσουν επειγόντως και πλήρως το δικαίωμα στην αντίρρηση συνείδησης στη στρατιωτική θητεία, σύμφωνα με τα ευρωπαϊκά και διεθνή πρότυπα και συστάσεις.

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