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)

Brussels Peace Conference - Text of speech of the representative of Ukrainian Pacifist Movement at the Brussels Peace Conference of 19 May 2022

Artist and The Paper’s ex-author faces up to 10 years for anti-war flyers in a supermarket. Highlights of Sasha Skochilenko's case.

Sasha Skochilenko, The Paper’s former author and author of The Book of Depression, is suspected of spreading fake news about the Russian military. She allegedly replaced price tags with anti-war flyers at the Perekrestok supermarket. She now faces up to 10 years in prison. This is the first case under this article in St. Petersburg.

Connection e.V. and PRO ASYL - Broad alliance calls for protection/asylum for deserters and conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

In a joint appeal to the German parliament, a broad civil society alliance calls on the Bundestag and the German government to grant protection and asylum to Russian and Belarusian as well as Ukrainian conscientious objectors and deserters. Germany and all other EU countries must take in these people fleeing the war effort without red tape and allow them a permanent right to stay - and also ensure that the human right to conscientious objection is recognised.

About the Russian Army - Articles from the Media.

This is an interview with the mother of a Russian soldier who surrendered in Ukraine. It was published in Novaya Gazeta, probably the only non-pro-government media left in Russia.

Russians are against the war on Ukraine.

A huge number of Russian citizens are against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Many express their position through open letters and appeals or simply publications on social media. The Yabloko party, the majority of opposition politicians and activists, many municipal deputies across the country, and even several deputies of the State Duma and the Federation Council have publicly condemned the war.

Россияне против войны с Украиной.

Огромное количество российских граждан — против российского вторжения в Украину. Многие выражают эту позицию с помощью открытых писем, обращений и просто публикаций в соцсетях. Против войны выступают партия «Яблоко» и большинство оппозиционных политиков и активистов, многие муниципальные депутаты по всей стране и даже несколько депутатов Государственной думы и Совета Федерации.

EBCO Annual Report 2021 on Conscientious Objection to Military Service: Conscientious objectors in risk in several European countries.

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection publishes today its Annual Report on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2021, covering the region of Council of Europe (CoE).

21 March 2022 EUR 25/5374/2022 GREECE: GIVE CHARIS VASILEIOU AND NIKOLAS STEFANIDIS A FAIR EXAMINATION OF THEIR GROUNDS FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION UNDER AN AMENDED LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW AND STANDARDS.

Ahead of the hearing before the Council of State, Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, of the cases of Charis Vasileiou and Nikolas Stefanidis, conscientious objectors to military service whose applications have been rejected by the Deputy Minister of National Defence, Amnesty International, Connection e.V., the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and War Resisters’ International (WRI) call on the Greek authorities to annul the decisions of rejection and grant them a fair examin

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