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ITALY 10-8-2019 APPEAL FOR A NEW FORM OF CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION

This appeal was published and co-signed by EBCO's Italian member organisation Movimento Nonviolento. Up until 2004, the Italian State asked its citizens to serve their homeland with weapons in their hands. 

The Greek government of SYRIZA should honor its promises about reduction of the length of alternative civilian service

Open letter of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) to the Alternate Minister of National Defence of Greece

To: Alternate Minister of National Defence of Greece, Mr. Panagiotis Rigas

Athens 14-5-2019 - Amnesty International Greece: event with conscientious objectors from Greece, Cyprus and Germany

On the occasion of the international conscientious objection day, Amnesty International Greece will organise an informative and artistic event with conscientious objectors from Greece, Cyprus and Germany on 16/5 in Athens, including discussion and art, with the participation of:
Halil Karapasaoglu, Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector and poet.

Brussels 13-5-2019 - Non-assistance to persons in danger: EBCO criticises failure of European institutions to protect conscientious objectors to military service

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On the occasion of the International Conscientious Objection Day on 15 May 2019, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) red-flags the multiple discriminations that conscientious objectors to military service continue to undergo in Europe. In the run-up to the European elections, EBCO points moreover to the enduring omission of European institutions to take action against the violation of the human right to conscientious objection.

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.

ΥΠΟΜΝΗΜΑ του Ευρωπαϊκου Γραφειου για την Αντιρρηση Συνειδησης (E.B.C.O.) και του Συνδέσμου Αντιρρησιών Συνείδησης προς τον Αναπληρωτή Υπουργό Εθνικής Άμυνας

Οι αντιρρησίες συνείδησης στην Ελλάδα υφίστανται σοβαρές παραβιάσεις των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων τους όπως καταγγέλλουν επί δεκαετίες οι διεθνείς φορείς. Επισυνάπτεται το Υπόμνημα σε μορφή pdf

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

Brussels, 2 January 2019

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.

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.

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”.

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