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Appeal to implement the jurisdiction of the ECHR in favour of Turkish conscientious objectors: Joint submission of EBCO, WRI and IFOR to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Twelve years after the groundbreaking judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in favour of the Turkish conscientious objector Osman Murat Ülke the Turkish government continues to deny the comprehensive implementation of the mentioned ruling. Until now neither the individual nor the general legislative measures requested by the judgement have been fully executed: In November 2017 Ülke’s case has been reopened by the Prosecutor in Bilecik, and there is still no provision in Turkish law that would guarantee the human right of conscientious objection to military service.

2-1-2018 The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection about Y.V.Yaylali and Meral Geylani

Yannis-Vasilis Yaylali is a peace activist and journalist in Turkey, jailed by the Turkish government since April 22nd of 2017. He is a Turkish citizen of Greek origin born in the Bafra area of the Black Sea coast.
Mr Friedhelm Schneider from the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) sent the statement below about Yannis-Vasilis Yaylali and Meral Geylani.

PRESS RELEASE: A negative track across Europe Launch of EBCO’s Annual Report 2017 on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe

Brussels, 8 December 2017

In view of the International Human Rights Day (December 10th) the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) publishes its new Annual Report “Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2017”.

Objecteurs de conscience et militants de la paix venus de toute l’Europe se réunissent à Chypre dans la zone tampon de l’ONU entre les deux parties de Nicosie

Le Bureau européen pour l’objection de conscience (EBCO) a tenu son assemblée générale 2017 le 4 novembre au Centre multimedia communautaire chypriote, dans la zone tampon de l’ONU entre les deux parties de Nicosie, la dernière capitale divisée d’Europe.

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Conscientious objectors and peace activists from around Europe in the UN buffer zone between the two parts of Nicosia, Cyprus

Brussels, 10 November 2017

The 2017 General Assembly of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) was held on 4th November in the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in the UN buffer zone between the two parts of Nicosia, the last divided capital in Europe, in Cyprus.

Military trial of 53year old pioneer conscientious objector sets another negative record for Greece

Brussels, 31 May 2017

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection expresses its indignation for the forthcoming trial of Panagiotis Makris by the 3-membered Military Court of Thessaloniki on Thursday, June 1st, for an offence of “insubordination” since 1990!
 

Η ελληνικη κυβερνηση θα πρεπει να εκπληρωσει τις υποσχεσεις της σχετικα με τα ανθρωπινα δικαιωματα των αντιρρησιων συνειδησης

Βρυξέλλες, 20 Μαρτίου 2017

Το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO), με την ευκαιρία της ανοιξιάτικης Γενικής του Συνέλευσης, υπενθυμίζει τις υποσχέσεις της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης για αντιμετώπιση των προβλημάτων στη νομοθεσία και τις διαδικασίες σχετικά με την αντίρρηση συνείδησης στην στρατιωτική θητεία, και προσφέρει τη βοήθειά του.

The Greek Government should fulfill its promises concerning conscientious objectors' human rights

Brussels, 20 March 2017

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), on the occasion of its spring General Assembly, recalls promises by the Greek Government to address shortcomings in its legislation and procedures regarding conscientious objection to military service, and offers its assistance. 

TURKEY: Ministry of Defense puts pressure on employers and employees

Article communicated by EBCO's Turkish member organisation VR-DER on 25 Nov 2016
To the press and the public:

While the society is being tried to be made more hostile within each other day by day with the militarist and nationalist speeches that have increased after the termination of the solution process, the militarist pressure on the society is now changing shape.

Available online - EBCO’s Annual Report 2016 on Conscientious Objection in Europe

FOREWORD by Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO President (download report) 

In January 2016 two dates illustrate the contradictory developments which continue to mark the situation of conscientious objectors in Europe: 

Presentation of EBCO’s Annual Report 2016 on Conscientious Objection in Europe

Brussels, 13 November 2016

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO, http://www.ebco-beoc.org) presents its Annual Report 2016 on Conscientious Objection in Europe on Saturday 19/11/2016 in Athens, Greece (at 18:00 at the WELCOMMON Community Center for Refugees’ Temporary Hosting and Social Inclusion, 4 Kapodistriou Street, 10682, Athens).

Παρουσιαση της Ετησιας Εκθεσης 2016 του EBCO για την Αντιρρηση Συνειδησης στην Ευρωπη

Βρυξέλλες, 13 Νοεμβρίου 2016

Το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO, http://www.ebco-beoc.org) παρουσιάζει την Ετήσια Έκθεση 2016 για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης στην Ευρώπη το Σάββατο 19/11/2016 στην Αθήνα, Ελλάδα (ώρα 18:00 στο Κοινοτικό Κέντρο Προσωρινής Φιλοξενίας και Κοινωνικής Ένταξης Προσφύγων WELCOMMON, Καποδιστρίου 4, 10682, Αθήνα).

GREECE: Recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council and European Court judgement highlight the urgent need for legislative reform on conscientious objection

Brussels, 14 October 2016

“In less than a year three different international human rights instruments have pointed out serious violations of human rights of conscientious objectors in Greece,” EBCO President Friedhelm Schneider underlined today. “This highlights Greece’s urgent need for legislative reform on conscientious objection, in order to comply with international human rights law and standards.” For this reason EBCO has decided to hold its next meeting in Athens, Greece (19 – 21 November).

ΕΛΛΑΔΑ: Οι συστασεις στο Συμβουλιο Ανθρωπινων Δικαιωματων του ΟΗΕ και η αποφαση του Ευρωπαικου Δικαστηριου υπογραμμιζουν την επειγουσα αναγκη για νομοθετικη μεταρρυθμιση οσον αφορα στην αντιρρηση συνειδησης

Βρυξέλλες 14/10/2016

«Σε λιγότερο από έναν χρόνο, τρία διαφορετικά διεθνή όργανα ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων επεσήμαναν σοβαρές παραβιάσεις ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων των αντιρρησιών συνείδησης στην Ελλάδα» υπογράμμισε σήμερα ο Πρόεδρος του Ευρωπαϊκού Γραφείου για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (E.B.C.O.), Φρίντχελμ Σνάιντερ.

14th May: Meet conscientious objectors from across Europe

On Saturday 14th May, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection are holding their annual meeting in London for the first time; join representatives of peace movements afterwards for an informal meeting at 7.30pm. It will be a chance to hear how we can support anti-conscription and conscientious objector movements today, as well as to discover how recognition of the rights of conscientious objectors in Britain in 1916 impacted campaigns in other countries.
When: Saturday 14th May, 7.30pm

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