International Organizations Call For Actions at the Belarusian Embassies on the 20th of February to Protest Against a Possible Entry into the War in Ukraine by Belarus, and to Support Conscientious Objectors and Deserters.

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                                                                                                                        2nd February, 2023

International Organizations Call For Actions at the Belarusian Embassies on the 20th of February to Protest Against a Possible Entry into the War in Ukraine by Belarus, and to Support Conscientious Objectors and Deserters.

Ukraine: Drop all charges against Vitaly Alekseenko immediately.

In Ukraine, on 16 January 2023, Ivano-Frankivsk Appeal Court rejected the appeal of 46-year-old Christian Vitaly Alekseenko against his conviction for refusing call up to the military on conscientious grounds. "I told the court I agree that I have broken the law of Ukraine," Alekseenko told Forum 18, "but I am not guilty under the law of God." When he gets the written verdict, which he expects on 19 January, the one-year imprisonment sentence will go into force and he expects to be taken to prison immediately afterwards.

Belarus: Renewed Monitoring Report on the Repressions Against Priests and Believers by "Our House"

The regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka continues to persecute priests and believers of various faiths for their civic stance, condemnation of violence and war of Russian against Ukraine. The number of detentions of the priests and believers is growing, and now churches, temples, different places of worship are being confiscated from the believers.
The current monitoring report contains multiple cases of such violations of the right to freedom of conscience and freedom of belief in Belarus in 2020-2022.
 

"OBJECT WAR CAMPAIGN" LAUNCH : Petition to support Conscientious Objectors and Deserters from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, 21st September, Connection e.V., the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection and War Resisters' International are calling for a signature campaign for deserters and conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Brussels 9.9.2022 - EBCO in Finland: General Assembly, Press Conference and Action in support of the conscientious objectors and deserters from Russia's war of aggression.

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) visited Helsinki and co-organised a number of events with its member organisation in Finland, the Union of Conscientious Objectors (Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto - AKL), from 2nd to 6th September 2022.

September 5.9.2022 - EBCO & AKL - Invitation to press conference on conscientious objectors and deserters from Russia's war of aggression.

In the press conference on Monday 5 September in Helsinki Central Library Oodi, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and the Union of Conscientious Objectors (AKL) will give the floor to conscientious objectors from the war of aggression launched by Russia against Ukraine, and call on European governments to provide human rights protection and asylum to all of them. Is there war resistance in Russia?

Event on conscientious objectors and deserters from Russia's war of aggression on Monday 5 September 2022, 10-11am, in Helsinki, Finland

WHAT: Meeting for the press and decision-makers by the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and The Union of Conscientious Objectors (AKL) in Helsinki Central Library Oodi and as a stream on September 5 10-11am.

Brussels 24.8.2022 - EBCO visit in Ukraine: Call on Russia to end its war - Solidarity with all Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian conscientious objectors and deserters

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) visited Ukraine from 15 to 20 of August 2022 and repeats its call on Russia to immediately end its war in Ukraine.

Joint Press Release PEACE POETRY event for Ukraine: "Make Poetry, Not War"

August 10th 2022

Α free and open peace poetry online event, with conscientious objectors and activists reading peace poems for Ukraine and in solidarity with the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement / Український Рух Пацифістів, is co-organised by the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and War Resisters' International (WRI) on Thursday 18 August 2022 at 19:00 CEST.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2022 AT 8 PM PEACE POETRY event for Ukraine: "Make Poetry, Not War" Online event

Α free and open peace poetry online event, with conscientious objectors and activists reading peace poems for Ukraine and in solidarity with the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement / Український Рух Пацифістів, is co-organised by the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and War Resisters' International (WRI) on Thursday 18 August

Ruslan Kotsaba's statement

Ruslan Kotsaba's statement: "Good day, or evening for all who watch or hear me now. It happened that tomorrow it will be the next court hearing in my trial. In any case, will it end or not, will the prosecutor ask the court to imprison me or not, or put me under home arrest with electronic shackle on my leg, will the witnesses of prosecution come or not, in any case I would like to clarify my position. I am consistent pacifist. Yes, I will always criticize. I am a journalist, I am a pacifist, and I criticize our militarized government indeed, corrupted and irresponsible militarism.

Brussels 18.7.2022 - Joint Press Release - Drop all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba

In Ukraine, a trial against Ukrainian journalist, pacifist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kostaba will be held on Tuesday 19 July 2022, simply because he publicly expressed his pacifist views.

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE - Une large alliance de la société civile demande la protection/l'asile pour les déserteurs et les objecteurs de conscience de Russie, du Belarus et d'Ukraine

Dans un appel commun aux membres du Parlement européen et de l'Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l'Europe, une large alliance de la société civile demande aux gouvernements européens d'accorder la protection et l'asile aux objecteurs de conscience et aux déserteurs Russes et Biélorusses ainsi qu'Ukrainiens. Ils ont besoin d'une protection et d'un asile immédiats.

Brussels 9.6.2022 - Broad civil society alliance calls for protection/asylum for deserters and conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

In a joint appeal to members of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a broad civil society alliance from 20 countries has called on the European governments to grant protection and asylum to Russian and Belarusian as well as Ukrainian conscientious objectors and deserters. They need immediate protection and asylum.

Joint web event EBCO, IFOR, WRI - Friday 27 May 2022, 17:00-18:30 CEST (Brussels time)

Moderator: Semih Sapmaz, War Resisters' International
 
1) Presentation of EBCO Annual Report on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe:
· Summary of findings: Alexia Tsouni, EBCO President, Association of Conscientious Objectors (Greece)

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