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"OBJECT WAR CAMPAIGN" LAUNCH : Petition to support Conscientious Objectors and Deserters from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, 21st September, Connection e.V., the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection and War Resisters' International are calling for a signature campaign for deserters and conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Brussels 9.9.2022 - EBCO in Finland: General Assembly, Press Conference and Action in support of the conscientious objectors and deserters from Russia's war of aggression.

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) visited Helsinki and co-organised a number of events with its member organisation in Finland, the Union of Conscientious Objectors (Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto - AKL), from 2nd to 6th September 2022.

Brussels 24.8.2022 - EBCO visit in Ukraine: Call on Russia to end its war - Solidarity with all Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian conscientious objectors and deserters

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) visited Ukraine from 15 to 20 of August 2022 and repeats its call on Russia to immediately end its war in Ukraine.

Brussels 18.7.2022 - Joint Press Release - Drop all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba

In Ukraine, a trial against Ukrainian journalist, pacifist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kostaba will be held on Tuesday 19 July 2022, simply because he publicly expressed his pacifist views.

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE - Une large alliance de la société civile demande la protection/l'asile pour les déserteurs et les objecteurs de conscience de Russie, du Belarus et d'Ukraine

Dans un appel commun aux membres du Parlement européen et de l'Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l'Europe, une large alliance de la société civile demande aux gouvernements européens d'accorder la protection et l'asile aux objecteurs de conscience et aux déserteurs Russes et Biélorusses ainsi qu'Ukrainiens. Ils ont besoin d'une protection et d'un asile immédiats.

Brussels 9.6.2022 - Broad civil society alliance calls for protection/asylum for deserters and conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

In a joint appeal to members of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a broad civil society alliance from 20 countries has called on the European governments to grant protection and asylum to Russian and Belarusian as well as Ukrainian conscientious objectors and deserters. They need immediate protection and asylum.

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

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:
 

    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.
     

    Τρίτη 7.12.2021 Εκδήλωση - ΟΔΟΙΠΟΡΙΚΟ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΑΝΤΙΡΡΗΣΗ ΣΥΝΕΙΔΗΣΗΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ .

    Το Δίκτυο για το Δικαίωμα στην Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης του Ελληνικού Τμήματος της Διεθνούς Αμνηστίας και το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO) συνδιοργανώνoυν εκδήλωση με την ευκαιρία της 35ης επετείου από τη δήλωση του Μιχάλη Μαραγκάκη «ΑΡΝΟΥΜΑΙ ΤΟ ΣΤΡΑΤΟ», την πρώτη δημόσια δήλωση αντίρρησης συνείδησης για ιδεολογικού

    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.

    September 21st - International Day of Peace - Peace cannot be promoted without equally promoting the right to conscientious objection to military service.

    On the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2021 on September 21st, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) emphasizes that conscientious objection to military service is as well a basic human right as a tangible contribution to peace; it is a concrete act of rejecting war and violence, and promoting peace and universal human values.

    Brussels 28 June 2021 - Solidarity with the Ukrainian journalist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kotsaba who was brutally assaulted by right-wing radicals

    On 25 June 2021 the President of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement Ruslan Kotsaba was attacked by a neo-Nazi gang at the Ivano-Frankivsk railway station. Later he underwent surgery to save his sight due to a burn in his retina with the chemical brilliant green or "zelenka".

    Brussels, 15 May 2021 - Nakba Day: EBCO stands in solidarity with the Israeli conscientious objectors and the civilians who bear the brunt of the hostilities from both sides.

    On the occasion of the Nakba Day (May 15th) and given the new bloodshed and the escalating hostilities in Israel / Occupied Palestinian Territories following the forcible eviction of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its solidarity with the Israeli conscientious objectors who are prosecuted bec

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