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EBCO Board

The GA of EBCO in Nicosia, Cyprus on 4 November 2017, has elected EBCO’s board for the next three years:

1. Friedhelm Schneider from Germany, President

2. Sam Biesemans from Belgium, Vice-President

3. Merve Arkun from Turkey, Vice-President

4. Jean-Louis Vander Heyden from Belgium, Treasurer

5. Angelos Nikolopoulos from Greece, Secretary General

6. Martina Lanza from Italy, Board Member


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In this section we would like to provide you with important documents on the conscientious objection issue. Below you will find a short overview that you can view or download.


International Convention on the 40 years of the right to conscientious objection and civilian service in Italy, December 2012 | Link to the interventions |

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Member Organisations


2011 |  EBCO report to the Council of Europe

About EBCO

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) was founded in 1979 as an umbrella organisation for national associations of conscientious objectors, with the aim of promoting collective campaigns for the release of the imprisoned conscientious objectors and lobbying the European governments and institutions for the full recognition of the right to conscientious objection to military service.

EBCO promotes:

Ελλάδα: Νέες δίκες κατά αντιρρησιών συνείδησης - Οπισθοδρόμηση χωρίς τέλος

Greece: New trials against conscientious objectors - endless relapse

Greece has broken European consensus