press release

Brussels, 16 April 2019 - Deep disappointment over the bill on conscientious objection in Greece

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its deed disappointment over the bill introduced by the Ministry of National Defence of Greece concerning inter alia issues about conscientious objectors to military service (COs).

“It is a lost opportunity that the bill introduces only minor changes to the relevant legislation, and fails to bring the Greek legislation about conscientious objectors in line with the international human rights law and standards”, Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO's President stated today.

Brussels, 9-4-2019 Erik Hummels - Lawyer for peace 1949 – 2019

Erik studied law, and became a lawyer. Coming from a catholic family he joined the Quakers. He was a pacifist and a peace-activist.

Northern Cyprus 15-1-2019 Imprisonment of Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu: A blatant human rights violation

“Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for his peaceful convictions and his genuine opposition to the compulsory military service. EBCO denounces his imprisonment as a blatant human rights violation.

Brussels 15-1-2019 EBCO Press Release: Legalisation, not investigation for the right to conscientious objection in Turkey

"EBCO is extremely disturbed by the continuing harassment of the activists of the Turkish Association of Conscientious Objection VR-DER. We demand from the Turkish authorities to address the right to conscientious objection with legalisation, not with investigation.

Turkey, 11-1-2019 Investigation Against Association of Conscientious Objection

An investigation has been launched against the Association of Conscientious Objection (VR-DER) because of the posts shared on social media and the vicdaniret.org website.

Furkan Çelik, who owns the domain, and VR-DER Co-Chair attorney Gökhan Soysal deposed at the Prosecutor's Office yesterday (January 11).

Le printemps de Chypre du Nord ?

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE DU BUREAU EUROPEEN DE L’OBJECTION DE CONSCIENCE  (BEOC)

Northern Cyprus 9-1-2019 The northern Cyprus Spring?

For information contact Derek Brett (+41 77 462 9825; derek.brett@ifor.org) or Murat Kanatli (+90 542 852 8446; muratkanatli@gmail.com; facebook @muratkanatli2018)

Northern Cyprus 4-1-2019 Another disappointment in the northern part of Cyprus

As reported in EBCO's press release of 2nd January, Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu faced trial yesterday at the Military Court of northern

EBCO sends observer at the Military Court of Nicosia in support of Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu

Brussels, 2 January 2019

EBCO welcomes the Resolution on the right to conscientious objection to military service in Europe adopted by the General Assembly of the European Youth Forum

Brussels, 12 December 2018

EBCO welcomes the Resolution on the right to conscientious objection to military service in Europe which was adopted by the General Assembly of the European Youth Forum in Novi Sad, Serbia, 22-24 November 2018.

Umut Fırat Süvarioğulları has to be free, Statement of VR-DER (Turkish Conscientious Objection Association)

16 October 2018

Umut Fırat Süvarioğulları has to be free! Statement of VR-DER (Turkish Conscientious Objection Association) calling for the release of conscientious objector Umut Firat after 25 years of incarceration.

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.

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.

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