Brussels 9.4.2021 - Press Release: Finland must urgently comply with the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Committee

On April the 1st the United Nations Human Rights Committee adopted its concluding observations on Finland's seventh periodic report on the implementation of the Convention on Civil and Political Rights. Committees' criticism towards the situation of conscientious objectors has further increased compared to previous conclusions issued in 2013.

EBCO fordert die Einstellung aller Klagen gegen Ruslan Kotsaba

(07.04.2021) An die Generalstaatsanwaltschaft der Ukraine

Sehr geehrte Staatsanwaltschaft,

Brussels, 7 April 2021 - EBCO calls for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsabaand the prosecution of the inciters of hatred and violence

(UPDATE on Ruslan Kotsaba case:The trial took place online on 8 April 2021. Since two judges didn’t show up it was postponed to May 17th.)

OPEN LETTER To:     Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, 13/15 Riznytska St., Kyiv, 01011, Ukraine, fax (+38) 044 280 26 03

IFOR: Human Rights Council, 46th Session Geneva, 9th March 2021 Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights Oral statement submitted by the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Madam President,

25.3.2021 - Pressenza - Women who build the future, Towards a nonviolent culture

Started on March 8, International Women’s Day, Pressenza is publishing a series of video interviews entitled “Women who build the future, Towards a nonviolent culture ”.

Greece 26.3.2021: Joint Submission by EBCO and the Association of Greek Conscientious Objection to the UN Universal Periodic Review

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection and the Association of Greek Conscientious Objection submitted yesterday (25/03/2021) a joint contribution to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) documentation on Greece in the 3r

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


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