Joint web event EBCO, IFOR, WRI - Friday 27 May 2022, 17:00-18:30 CEST (Brussels time)

Moderator: Semih Sapmaz, War Resisters' International
 
1) Presentation of EBCO Annual Report on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe:
· Summary of findings: Alexia Tsouni, EBCO President, Association of Conscientious Objectors (Greece)
· Focus on Turkey: Merve Arkun, EBCO Vice-President, Conscientious Objection Watch (Turkey)
· EBCO recommendations Zaira Zafarana, International Fellowship of Reconciliation
 
Q&A
 

Brussels Peace Conference - Text of speech of the representative of Ukrainian Pacifist Movement at the Brussels Peace Conference of 19 May 2022

Artist and The Paper’s ex-author faces up to 10 years for anti-war flyers in a supermarket. Highlights of Sasha Skochilenko's case.

Sasha Skochilenko, The Paper’s former author and author of The Book of Depression, is suspected of spreading fake news about the Russian military. She allegedly replaced price tags with anti-war flyers at the Perekrestok supermarket. She now faces up to 10 years in prison. This is the first case under this article in St. Petersburg.

Connection e.V. and PRO ASYL - Broad alliance calls for protection/asylum for deserters and conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

In a joint appeal to the German parliament, a broad civil society alliance calls on the Bundestag and the German government to grant protection and asylum to Russian and Belarusian as well as Ukrainian conscientious objectors and deserters. Germany and all other EU countries must take in these people fleeing the war effort without red tape and allow them a permanent right to stay - and also ensure that the human right to conscientious objection is recognised.

About the Russian Army - Articles from the Media.

This is an interview with the mother of a Russian soldier who surrendered in Ukraine. It was published in Novaya Gazeta, probably the only non-pro-government media left in Russia.

Russians are against the war on Ukraine.

A huge number of Russian citizens are against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Many express their position through open letters and appeals or simply publications on social media. The Yabloko party, the majority of opposition politicians and activists, many municipal deputies across the country, and even several deputies of the State Duma and the Federation Council have publicly condemned the war.

Россияне против войны с Украиной.

Огромное количество российских граждан — против российского вторжения в Украину. Многие выражают эту позицию с помощью открытых писем, обращений и просто публикаций в соцсетях. Против войны выступают партия «Яблоко» и большинство оппозиционных политиков и активистов, многие муниципальные депутаты по всей стране и даже несколько депутатов Государственной думы и Совета Федерации.

EBCO Annual Report 2021 on Conscientious Objection to Military Service: Conscientious objectors in risk in several European countries.

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection publishes today its Annual Report on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2021, covering the region of Council of Europe (CoE).

21 March 2022 EUR 25/5374/2022 GREECE: GIVE CHARIS VASILEIOU AND NIKOLAS STEFANIDIS A FAIR EXAMINATION OF THEIR GROUNDS FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION UNDER AN AMENDED LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW AND STANDARDS.

Ahead of the hearing before the Council of State, Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, of the cases of Charis Vasileiou and Nikolas Stefanidis, conscientious objectors to military service whose applications have been rejected by the Deputy Minister of National Defence, Amnesty International, Connection e.V., the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and War Resisters’ International (WRI) call on the Greek authorities to annul the decisions of rejection and grant them a fair examin

Solidarité avec les objecteurs de conscience, les militants anti-guerre et les civils de toutes les parties au conflit ; pour un soutien concret depuis l’Europe

Le Bureau européen de l’objection de conscience (BEOC) exprime son respect et sa solidarité envers les courageux objecteurs de conscience, militants anti-guerre et civils de toutes les parties au conflit, et appelle l’Europe à leur apporter un soutien concret :

PRESS RELEASE - Solidarity with conscientious objectors, anti-war activists and civilians in all sides of the war & concrete support from Europe.

Brussels, 15 March 2022
 
The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its respect for and solidarity with all the courageous conscientious objectors, anti-war activists and civilians from all parties to the war and calls on Europe to provide them with concrete support:
 

    March 8: laying flowers, all-Russian campaign We, the women of Russia, refuse to celebrate the Eighth of March this year

    Don't give us flowers, better to go out and lay them in memory of the dead civilians of Ukraine (about 300 people lost, there are children among them), against whom our country has unleashed aggressive military actions. Or lay the flowers gifted at the monuments to the fallen: flowers are better than bullets.

     

    Am 8. März: Blumen niederlegen, gesamtrussische Kampagne - Aufruf der Frauenorganisationen aus St. Petersburg und Russland:

    Перевод информации о нашей акции 8 марта на английский! Приглашайте людей из других стран присоединиться к нам. (Übersetzen Sie unsere Informationen zur 8. März-Kampagne! Laden Sie Menschen ein, sich uns anzuschließen.)

    DFG-VK - Press release 24. February 2022 Stop the war! Остановите войну!


    After the deployment of Russian troops to the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk and
    their recognition by Russia as independent states on Tuesday, this was followed Thursday
    morning by Russia's invasion of other parts of Ukraine in violation of international law on
    the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Our solidarity is with the people of Ukraine
    and all who will suffer the consequences of this war.

    Brussels 24.2.2022 - PRESS RELEASE - Russia/Ukraine: Peace is the only solution! Protect conscientious objectors and all civilians.

    The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) strongly condemns the Russian invasion in Ukraine this morning and calls all parties to strictly adhere to international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the right to conscientious objection to military service, and to protect civilians, including internally displaced persons and refugees. EBCO urges to end the war with an immediate ceasefire leaving space for negotiation and diplomacy.
     

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