Brussels, 19 October 2021 - EBCO at the IPB World Peace Congress in Barcelona.

Members of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) participated both in-person and remotely at the second IPB World Peace Congress “(Re) Imagine our World: Action for Peace and Justice” in Barcelona, on 15-17 October 2021.

Brussels 6.10.2021 - OPEN LETTERS calling for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba and the prosecution of the inciters of hatred and violence.

EBCO sent today, Oct 6th 2021, the attached OPEN LETTERS calling for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba and the prosecution of the inciters of hatred and violence to:
1) Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine
2) Kolomyia City District Court of Ivano-Frankivsk Region
3) Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights
4) Security Service of Ukraine
5) Mission of Ukraine to the European Union

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Brussels - 3.10.2021 - EBCO solidarity action in Brussels at the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.

With the opportunity of October 2nd, International Non-Violence Day, EBCO organised an action in solidarity with Ukrainian conscientious objector and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba, at the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union in Brussels, calling Ukraine to immediately stop the prosecution of pacifist Ruslan Kotsaba.

Call for actions in solidarity with Ukrainian pacifist Ruslan Kotsaba


Ukrainian conscientious objector and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba will be on trial again on September 20th. Support Kotsaba with your actions ahead of his trial!

Kotsaba, president of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, is accused of treason and obstructing military operations for his expressions calling for peace in a video he posted in 2015. In the video, Kotsaba was calling to boycott military mobilisation for the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

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. 

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.

Brussels - 22-4-2020: CALL FOR ACTION #StayAtHome #MilitaryDistancing

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.

Refuse to occupy - international Day of action 1st of December 2016

Tamar Alon, Atalya Ben Abba and Tamar Ze'evi are facing imprisonment for refusing to serve the Israeli occupation. Support them by joining us on December 1st for an international day of action.

Vigils will take place outside arms manufacturing facilities and other locations calling on governments to stop arming the Israeli occupation rather than profiting from it.


Omri Barnes and Tair Kaminer have been imprisoned again because they #refuse2occupy and refuse to serve the IDF.

14th May: Meet conscientious objectors from across Europe

On Saturday 14th May, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection are holding their annual meeting in London for the first time; join representatives of peace movements afterwards for an informal meeting at 7.30pm. It will be a chance to hear how we can support anti-conscription and conscientious objector movements today, as well as to discover how recognition of the rights of conscientious objectors in Britain in 1916 impacted campaigns in other countries.
When: Saturday 14th May, 7.30pm

activity organised in honour of Jean Van Lierde

April 17 - Global Day Against Military Spending Athens action

Support Ruslan Kotsaba (12/2015)

Journalist Ruslan Kotsaba was arrested on 8 February 2015 in the courtroom of his home town Iwano-Frankiwsk (Western Ukraine). Shortly before he had declared in a video message to President Petro Poroschenko his refusal to be drafted and that he would rather endure 5 years in prison than shoot at his „fellow citizens living in the East“. He called upon his compatriots to refuse military service, too. The German newspaper „tageszeitung“ (taz) reported on 9 February 2015: „Kotsaba supported Maidan in 2014 as an activist. In the Presidential l elections he voted for President Poroschenko.


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