Invitation Press Conference Pacifists versus Military Service: Conscientious objectors in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey ask to apply Human Right Standards of the Council of Europe

Friday 16 May 2014 at 11:00
Peace House, rue Van Elewyckstraat 35, 1050 Brussels (Ixelles, close to place Flagey)

Speakers:

Friedhelm Schneider (German), president European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, and Derek Brett (UK), observers at the trial (military court) of Greek CO Dimitris Sotiropoulos in Thessaloniki om 12 May;

Doğan Özkan, representative of the Turkish Association of conscientious objectors.

Press contact:
Sam Biesemans, vice-president EBCO, , mobile 0032 477 268893.

Actions in Paris for Turkish/Kurdish conscientious objectors

Young communist conscientious objector hospitalized with liver infection

The young communist Omar Sa'ad, a Druze conscientious objector, who is currently serving his seventh prison term for refusing to join the Israeli army, was hospitalized in Haifa last week with a liver infection. According to "Al Ittihad" communist daily newspaper, two military policemen are currently guarding Sa'ad’s hospital room "so that he does not escape." On Saturday, while he was still undergoing treatments, military police personnel arrived at the hospital and asked to transfer Sa'ad to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Egyptian Turns to YouTube to Object to Compulsory Service in Egyptian Army

An Egyptian activist has turned to YouTube to spell out his objection to the mandatory military service in the Egyptian army, compulsory for men aged between 18 and 30

GDAMS 2014 Action in Athens, Greece

ΠΑΓΚΟΣΜΙΑ ΗΜΕΡΑ ΔΡΑΣΗΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΙΣ ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΕΣ ΔΑΠΑΝΕΣ
http://demilitarize.org

Οι στρατιωτικές δαπάνες συνεχίζουν να μειώνονται στη Δύση, αλλά αυξάνονται παντού αλλού, λέει το SIPRI

14 Απριλίου 2014: Δράσεις σε όλο τον κόσμο για τη μείωση των στρατιωτικών δαπανών και την αύξηση των κοινωνικών δαπανών

EBCO offended at unprecedented harassment and detention of its activists in Athens and demands explanations and apology from the Greek authorities

Murat Kanatli 

Brussels, 3 March 2014

“EBCO is offended at the provocative and outrageous harassment of its activists in Athens and their detention in the General Police Directorate of Attica, after their symbolic peaceful protest against the imprisonment of Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector Murat Kanatli.

EBCO shocked at imprisonment of its Board Member Murat Kanatli and demands his immediate and unconditional release

Brussels, 25 February 2014

“EBCO is shocked at the provocative and outrageous imprisonment of its Board Member Murat Kanatli, a Cypriot conscientious objector and human rights activist, and demands its immediate and unconditional release. We also call for the full recognition of the right to conscientious objection for conscripts, reservists and professional members of the armed forces, in line with European and international standards”,

EBCO strongly condemns the persecution of Greek conscientious objector Nikos Krontiras

Brussels, 13 November 2013

EBCO urges Greece to immediately drop all the charges against Greek conscientious objector Nikos Κrontiras and urgently comply with its human rights obligations. This case is another example of the violation of fundamental human rights in Greece and the increasing persecution of Greek conscientious objectors by the military authorities.

Northern part of Cyprus: Constitutional Court rules on constitutionality of conscientious objection

Brussels, 11 October 2013

“EBCO urges the full recognition of the right to conscientious objection for conscripts, reservists and professional members of the armed forces, in line with European and international standards”, Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO’s President stated today, following yesterday’s ruling of the Constitutional Court in the northern part of Cyprus on the case of conscientious objector and EBCO Board member Murat Kanatli.

Οχι αλλα βηματα πισω στο δικαιωμα στην αντιρρηση συνειδησης

Ο ευρωβουλευτής των Οικολόγων Πρασίνων / Ομάδα των Πράσινων στο Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινοβούλιο, Νίκος Χρυσόγελος, φιλοξένησε την Παρασκευή 4 Οκτωβρίου 2013 την παρουσίαση της ετήσιας έκθεσης του Ευρωπαϊκού Γραφείου για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (ΕΒCΟ) σχετικά με το δικαίωμα στην αντίρρηση συνείδησης στη στρατιωτική θητεία στην Ευρώπη.

THE RIGHT TO CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MILITARY SERVICE IN EUROPE

Brussels, 30 September 2013

Friday 4 October 2013, 16:30 – 19:30

Office of the European Parliament in Greece, 8 Amalias avenue, Syntagma square
PRESENTATION OF EBCO’S ANNUAL REPORT ON CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MILITARY SERVICE IN EUROPE
hosted by MEP Nikos Chrysogelos (GREENS/EFA)

ΤΟ ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΝΤΙΡΡΗΣΗ ΣΥΝΕΙΔΗΣΗΣ ΣΤΗ ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΗ ΘΗΤΕΙΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΥΡΩΠΗ

Βρυξέλλες, 30 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

Παρασκευή 4 Οκτωβρίου 2013, 16:30 – 19:30. Γραφείο του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στην Ελλάδα, Λεωφ. Αμαλίας 8, Σύνταγμα

ΠΑΡΟΥΣΙΑΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΕΤΗΣΙΑΣ ΕΚΘΕΣΗΣ ΤΟΥ EBCOΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΑΝΤΙΡΡΗΣΗ ΣΥΝΕΙΔΗΣΗΣ ΣΤΗ ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΗ ΘΗΤΕΙΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΥΡΩΠΗ με την φιλοξενία του ευρωβουλευτή των Οικολόγων Πράσινων Νίκου Χρυσόγελου

EBCO honours the memory of Gerd Greune, one year after

Brussels, 29 August 2013

One year after his sudden death, EBCO honours the memory of Gerd Greune, co-founder of EBCO, and a prominent figure in the fields of pacifism, conscientious objection to military service, and human rights.

EBCO has uploaded a memorial video tribute here:

To President Barack Obama, To US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

As Members of the European Parliament, who were elected to represent our constituents throughout Europe, we are writing to express our concerns about the ongoing persecution of Bradley Manning, the young U.S. soldier who released classified information revealing evidence of human rights abuses and apparent war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dear friends and supporters,

agco_en_logoAthens 1st of July 2013

The current year is one of the worst periods in the history of Conscientious Objection in Greece, as measured by the number of prosecutions. Long-forgotten charges have been re-activated in a deliberate attempt to suffocate the objectors personally and financially.

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