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Mort inopinée, à l’âge de 63 ans, du leader pacifiste allemand et pionnier européen de objection de conscience, Gerd Greune

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE ( also in english )

Sudden death at age 63 of noted European pacifist leader and conscientious objector, Gerd Greune

Gerd GrenueBrussels, 1 September 2012
 

EBCO calls Turkey to comply with the European Court of Human Rights judgments in favour of Turkish conscientious objectors

Brussels, 18 July 2012

Once again yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Turkey violates the human rights of conscientious objectors. In today’s Chamber II judgment in the case Tarhan v. Turkey (application no. 9078/06), the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) and a violation of Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Public event on World Refugee Day organised by EBCO and GFR in Athens, Greece

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STOP THE ARMS, NOT THE REFUGEES

EBCO welcomes the European Court of Human Rights judgment in favour of Turkish conscientious objector Halil Savda

Brussels, 12 June 2012

In today’s Chamber II judgment in the case Savda v. Turkey (application no. 42730/05), the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been violations of Article 3 (degrading treatment), 6 (fair trial) and 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

EBCO urges Greece to stop the persecution of Nikolaos Xiarhos and all other Greek conscientious objectors

Brussels, 4 June 2012

In view of the new trial of Greek conscientious objector Nikolaos Xiarhos tomorrow, EBCO calls on the Greek authorities to stop the continuous persecution of Nikolaos Xiarhos and all other Greek conscientious objectors and fulfil the international obligations of Greece by fully respecting their human rights, both in law and in practice.

Public event with conscientious objectors from Israel, Iran and Europe

Amnesty InternationalAthens, 28 May 2012

Register now for the "Countering the Militarisation of Youth" international study conference

Brussels, 23 May 2012

EBCO expresses deep concern on Russia on May 15th, International Day on Conscientious Objection

Brussels, 15 May 2012

On the occasion of the International Day on Conscientious Objection on May 15th, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its deep concern over the criminal prosecution of Nikita Konev, a Russian pacifist charged with draft dodging.

17 April 2012: Global Day of Action on Military Spending

Brussels, 17 April 2012

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) participated today in the second Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) to protest against military spending with two joint actions, in Brussels, Belgium and in Athens, Greece. EBCO condemns the excessive level of military spending and calls for a reallocation of resources to fulfil basic human needs.

EBCO deeply concerned over forced labour in the Russian army

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its deep concern over forced labour in the Russian army and urges the Russian authorities to take immediate action to stop this inhuman practice and bring those responsible to justice, following the independent analytical NGOs report ‘The Redundant Soldier.

OPEN LETTER for the release of Turkish conscientious objector and human rights activist Halil Savda

To:    President of the Republic of Turkey
Mr. Abdullah Gül
Fax: +90 312 470 1316
E-mail: cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr

Cc:    Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Fax: +90 312 422 1899
E-mail: receptayyip.erdogan@basbakanlik.gov.tr
Brussels, 13 March 2012

Dear Mr. President,

OPEN LETTER for the release of Turkish Cypriot activist Halil Karapasaoglu

To:   President of the Republic of Turkey
Mr. Abdullah Gül
Fax: +90-312-427.13.30
E-mail: cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr

Cc:   Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Fax: +90-312-417.04.76
E-mail: receptayyip.erdogan@basbakanlik.gov.tr

Brussels, 10 January 2012
Dear Mr. President,

EBCO's campaign to end military courts judging civilians

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection denounces the continuing trials of civilians and conscientious objectors before military courts. Recent cases in Egypt, Greece and Turkey have demonstrated that military courts do not respect the rule of law nor international conventions on human rights. EBCO invites human rights organisations to join an international campaign to stop military courts judging civilians.

No more military courts for conscientious objectors

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection welcomes the recent landmark decision on the case of the Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Murat Kanatli. On December 8 the Military Court in Lefkosa (“northern” Nicosia, Cyprus) accepted the demand of Murat Kanatli to refer his case to the Constitutional Court on the basis of the freedom of thought and expression. EBCO considers that this is a step in the right direction because the military courts have indeed no authority over civilians; therefore they have nothing to do with conscientious objectors anyway.

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