press release

EBCO condemns the arrest and prosecution of Greek CO Nikos Karanikas

Brussels, 21 February 2013

On Wednesday 20th February 42years old conscientious objector Nikos Karanikas was arrested for draft evasion, again, but without an arrest warrant. The charges against him are insubordination which started 17 years ago in January 1996!
He will be brought in front of the military court of Thessaloniki on Friday the 22nd. Yannis Glarnetatzis, EBCO's representative will be present during the trial as an observer.

EBCO deeply regrets the conviction of Greek conscientious objector Menelaos Exioglou by military court

Brussels, 18 December 2012

EBCO deeply regrets the conviction of young Greek conscientious objector Menelaos Exioglou to 4-month-imprisonment sentence suspended for one year, on charges of insubordination by the military court of Larisa, Greece, today, 18 December 2012. EBCO’s Secretary General Angelos Nikolopoulos testified in defense of Menelaos Exioglou.

EBCO urges Greece to stop the prosecution of Menelaos Exioglou

Brussels, 17 December 2012

Το EBCO καλει την Ελλαδα να σταματησει τη διωξη του Μενελαου Εξιογλου

Βρυξέλλες, 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

EBCO in historical conference in Italy


EBCO tourEBCO in awareness raising tour in Europe: The right to conscientious objection to military service is a human right too!

NO MORE CHILD SOLDIERS! Round Table Conference with Testimony & Exposition of pictures from a former African child soldier

Turkish Protestant pastor declares his conscientious objection to military service. EBCO calls Turkey to implement without delay its human right obligations for conscientious objectors.

Brussels, 28 November  2012

Kerem Koç, Protestant pastor living in Antalya, declared his conscientious objection to military service on 12 November 2012. In his letter to the Turkish military authorities he stated:

Επετειος 28ης Οκτωβριου: ΟΧΙ στο νεοναζισμό / Ποτε ξανα φασισμός!

Αθήνα, Οκτώβριος 2012

Η 28η Οκτωβρίου είναι μια από τις ημερομηνίες σταθμός για την ελληνική σύγχρονη ιστορία και κατ' επέκταση για την σύγχρονη παγκόσμια ιστορία. Ολόκληρος ο κόσμος, από την Ευρώπη ως την Ασία και από τον Ατλαντικό, τη Μεσόγειο, τη Βόρεια Αφρική και τον Ειρηνικό ωκεανό βυθίστηκε στη φρίκη του 2ου παγκοσμίου πολέμου.

Pacifism and conscientious objection

2 October: International Day of Non-Violence Seminar/workshop in the Buffer Zone in Nicosia, Cyprus

non violence The International Day of Non-

Hearing in the European Parliament to present EBCO's annual report on the right to conscientious objection in the EU member states

European Bureau for Conscientious Objection


EBCO’s report 2012 on conscientious objection to military service in Europe presented today in the European Parliament

Brussels, 26 September 2012


public hearingWEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2012, 12.00 - 14.00vEUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, ROOM ASP A5E1

hosted by MEP Nikos CHRYSOGELOS (Greens/EFA)

JOINT PRESS RELEASE 21 September: International Day of Peace Youth activists meeting, resolution and action in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, 22 September 2012

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

21 September: International Day of Peace Youth leaders meeting and picketing in St. Petersburg, Russia

International Day of Peace

18 September 2012