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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

    Brussels, 15 May 2021 - International Conscientious Objection Day: EBCO highlights the courageous struggle of conscientious objectors and activists in Turkey

    On the occasion of the International Conscientious Objection Day on 15 May 2021, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) red-flags the grave human rights violations that conscientious objectors to military service and activists continue to undergo in Turkey.

    4.5.1921-4.5.2021 Alfred Hermann Fried - Ein Leben für den Frieden, Pazifist, Vordenker, Publizist

    Am 3. Mai 1931 erscheint in der Sonntagsausgabe des Wiener Blattes »Der Tag« auf Seite eins ein Artikel zum zehnten Todestag von Alfred Fried. Der Artikel ist über-schrieben mit »Der Vorkämpfer der Abrüstung«.

    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.

    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, zvern@gp.gov.ua 13/15 Riznytska St., Kyiv, 01011, Ukraine, fax (+38) 044 280 26 03

    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

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