Joint Submission by EBCO and the AGCO to the UN Universal Periodic Review

Joint Submission by the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and the Association of Greek Conscientious Objection (AGCO) to the UN Universal Periodic Review 25th session of the UPR Working Group, April/May 2016

Brussels municipality celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Belgian law on Conscientious Objection


The municipality of Watermaal-Bosvoorde (in Dutch) or Watermael-Boitsfort (in French), one the districts of the Brussels region, organized on Sunday 12 July 2015 a ceremony in the city hall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Belgian Conscientious Objection law. The first Belgian Conscientious Objectors were recognised in 1965.

Ελλαδα, δικη του αντιρρησια συνειδησης Σωτηροπουλου: Σταματηστε τους εκφοβισμους και προετοιμαστε το τελος της υποχρεωτικης στρατευσης

Αθήνα, 16 Ιουνίου 2015

Το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO) (www.ebco-beoc.org) είναι σοκαρισμένο από αυτό που συνέβη σήμερα στο Αναθεωρητικό Στρατοδικείο Αθηνών, όπου ο Έλληνας αντιρρησίας συνείδησης Δημήτρης Κ. Σωτηρόπουλος κρίθηκε ένοχος και πάλι με την κατηγορία της ανυποταξίας και καταδικάστηκε σε 10 μήνες φυλάκιση με αναστολή μετά από μια σαφώς άδικη δίκη με προβληματικές διαδικασίες.

Greece, trial of conscientious objector Sotiropoulos: Stop the intimidations and prepare the end of conscription

Athens, 16 June 2015

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) (www.ebco-beoc.org) is shocked at what happened today in the Appeal Military Court of Athens, where the Greek conscientious objector Dimitris K. Sotiropoulos was found guilty again on an insubordination charge and was sentenced to 10-month suspended imprisonment after a clearly unfair trial with problematic procedures.

Greece: The time to end prosecution of conscientious objectors is now


“The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) urges the new government of Greece to finally turn the page and put a definite end to the scandalous prosecutions of conscientious objectors and the blatant violations of their human rights in Greece.

EBCO REPORT: Conscientious objection to military service in Europe 2014

Istanbul, October 2014, Researcher: Derek Brett
The researching of this report was enabled by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, York, UK.

FOREWORD by Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO President
In 2014 we are looking back to numerous commemoration events which – often in a military-centered perspective – focus on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Aims of EBCO

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (E.B.C.O.) aims:

1. To promote the right to conscientious objection to war preparations as a fundamental human right, on both national and international levels;

2. To obtain the legal instruments which make it possible to assert this right, these legal instruments being national legislation and international agreements, in particular the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;

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.