Athens 25.3.2021 - Joint Submission by the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and the Association of Greek Conscientious Objection (AGCO) to the UN Universal Periodic Review 39th session of the UPR Working Group, Oct-Nov 2021

In this joint submission, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection and the Association of Greek Conscientious Objection provide information under section (a) Contributions to UPR documentation by “Other Stakeholders”, including civil society and national human rights institutions of the 3rd UPR cycle: contributions and participation of "other stakeholders" in the UPR.

Brussels, 25 March 2021

EUROMIL - Conscientious Objection to Military Service for Professional Soldiers

While the right to conscientious objection is recognized in international standards and legislation, only a limited number of European countries grant the status of conscientious objector to professional members of the armed forces.

Brussels 15.2.2021 - EBCO's Annual Report 2020 on Conscientious Objection to Military Service: Europe not a safe place for many conscientious objectors in several countries

“The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection publishes today its Annual Report on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2020, in honour of Jean Van Lierde (1926-2006) who was born on 15th February, the most famous Belgian conscientious objector and first EBCO President”, EBCO’s Vice-President Sam Biesemans stated today.

EBCO celebrates the entry into force of the Nuclear Ban Treaty. Nuclear weapons now illegal under international law!

“After decades of lobbying and campaigning, it’s now a reality! Nuclear weapons have now become illegal under international law. This is a ground breaking step towards a world free of nuclear weapons!”, Alexia Tsouni, EBCO president stated today.

Brussels, 23 January 2021- UKRAINE: EBCO shocked by the continuation of the detention, prosecution and attacks against Ruslan Kotsaba

The retrial of Ukrainian journalist, pacifist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kotsaba started yesterday, and what is more, he was attacked by a far-right mob and sprayed with a fire extinguisher with the mob chanting “Death to the enemies! Ukraine above all!”

WRI 20.1.2021 Ukraine: End prosecution of conscientious objector and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba

Ukrainian journalist, conscientious objector and a member of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement Ruslan Kotsaba will be on trial again on Friday (22nd January) for a video he posted in 2015 in which he was calling to boycott military mobil

Brussels 15.1.2021 Shministiyot Letter: EBCO signs the International Solidarity Declaration in support of the Israeli conscientious objectors

On 5 January 2021 sixty Israeli teenagers published an open letter addressed to top Israeli officials, in which they declared their refusal to serve in the army in protest of its policies of occupation and apartheid.

Thursday, 11 February 2021 - Royal Irish Academy - How should a liberal democracy react to conscientious objection claims?

Four panel sessions of an informed debate on conscientious objection from legal, philosophical, theological and religious perspectives, and finally

a discussion on how legislators and governments in liberal democracies should react to claims of conscience.


Online event

Brussels 2.1.2021 - EBCO wishes you a happy and peaceful new year 2021! BEOC vous souhaite une nouvelle année 2021 de paix!

You can now watch online the original french version of the documentary "Maurice Montet: conscientious objector and integral pacifist" here

It was published by FemArtAct today, on 1/1/2021, to honor the 100 years of War Resisters' International!


Vous pouvez désormais visionner en ligne la version originale française du documentaire "Maurice Montet: objecteur de conscience et pacifiste intégral" ici

Barcelona 24.12.2020 - 45 years of the Can Serra objectors, the beginning of the largest civil disobedience movement in Europe


Pol Pareja, Barcelona, ​​December 24, 2020

A group of young men stood before military service on Christmas night in 1975 and with them began a fight that would involve tens of thousands of people over 30 years.

Brussels 8-12-2020 - OPEN LETTER to Court - EBCO calls for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba

OPEN LETTER  To:  Court Stadtrayongericht Kolomyja, Gebiet Iwano-Frankiwsk 78200 Kolomyja, Hruschewskyj-Prospekt 29  

Cc:    Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, 

Office of General Prosecutor,  Security Service of Ukraine,  

Ukrainian Pacifist Movement statement on political prosecution of pacifist Ruslan Kotsaba

10 December 2020, the court in Kolomyya scheduled hearings in a criminal case of Ruslan Kotsaba, the journalist and pacifist who published in 2015 video blog calling to boycott mobilization for armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. 

Bruxelles, 4-12-2020 - Première du documentaire "Maurice Montet: objecteur de conscience et pacifiste intégral"

À l'occasion de la Journée internationale des Droits de l'Homme, le 10 décembre 2020, l'Union Pacifiste de France (UPF), le BEOC-EBCO et la WRI-IRG co-organisent la première du documentaire "Maurice Montet: objecteur de conscience et pacifiste intégral".

Vous pouvez vous joindre à cet événement en ligne le vendredi 11 décembre à 18h00, heure de Paris, en cliquant sur le lien Zoom suivant:

WRI-War Resisters’ International - 1st December Prisoners for Peace Day

Today, 1st December, is Prisoners for Peace Day, a chance to show solidarity with conscientious objectors imprisoned for their refusal to take up arms, and those activists imprisoned for their resistance to war and militarism.

EBCO General Assembly 2020: Overcoming the distance – Uniting the efforts

EBCO held its General Assembly 2020 today (this time online due to the COVID-19), bringing together conscientious objectors and activists from national and international organisations in a number of countries: Belgium, Cyprus (both from the Republic and the northern part), Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Catalonia/Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.


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