WRI-War Resisters’ International - 1st December Prisoners for Peace Day

Today, 1st December, is Prisoners for Peace Day, a chance to show solidarity with conscientious objectors imprisoned for their refusal to take up arms, and those activists imprisoned for their resistance to war and militarism.

EBCO General Assembly 2020: Overcoming the distance – Uniting the efforts

EBCO held its General Assembly 2020 today (this time online due to the COVID-19), bringing together conscientious objectors and activists from national and international organisations in a number of countries: Belgium, Cyprus (both from the Republic and the northern part), Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Catalonia/Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

QUNO - Guidance on refugee status determination and conscientious objection to military service

QUNO is undertaking a project which aims to analyse specific countries’ refugee status determination guidance. This project wishes to understand whether guidance on refugee status determination and conscientious objection to military service (thematic or on specific countries) are in line with human rights law and UNHCR guidance, and to understand how this is applied in different contexts. For this reason, QUNO requires access to guidance, if existing, provided by different countries.

Brussels 29 October 2020 - ECtHR judgement on Russian CO case disregards 53 years of international human rights standards

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On the 7th of September 2020 the Grand Chamber panel of the European Court of Human Rights rejected the request to refer the case of Dyagilev v. Russia (no. 49972/16) to the Grand Chamber, thus rendering thejudgement of 10 March 2020 final.

Brussels 24-10-2020: Is this democracy? Greece brings another civilian before military court

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Greece brings a civilian to stand trial before a military court, and what is more, he is a conscientious objector, whose application to serve civilian service was rejected by the Ministry of Defence.

Webinar: Conscientious objection to military service in Turkey - November 7, 2020, 2pm UTC

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This autumn the Conscientious Objection Association (Vicdani Ret Derneği) in Istanbul has launched a new project. The association would like to start a campaign and lobby work to gather international support for pushing the human right to conscientious objection in Turkey. The project also includes research and documentation of the particularly difficult situation of draft evaders and conscientious objectors (COs).

Brussels 18/9 - EBCO event on Peace Day 2020: Online screening of the documentary "People of Peace"

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2020 on September 21st, EBCO is organizing a web screening of Maria Papaliou's famous documentary "People of Peace"
 

Brussels - 25-6-2020 - Continuing violation of the European Social Charter in the case of alternative service for conscientious objectors in #Greece. Submission of EBCO to the European Committee of Social Rights.

Department of the European Social Charter, DG I – Directorate of Human Rights, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, Continuing violation of Article 1§2 of the European Social Charter in the case of alternative service for conscientious o

Brussels - 22-4-2020: CALL FOR ACTION #StayAtHome #MilitaryDistancing

Brussels 14-2-2020 - PRESS RELEASE Regression and political lack of interest: EBCO criticises failure of European institutions to implement the right to conscientious objection

In its Annual Report on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2019, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) red-flags the multiple discriminations that conscientious objectors to military service continue to undergo in Europe.

La Corée du Sud va gracier près de 2000 objecteurs de conscience

La Corée du Sud va gracier près de 2 000 objecteurs de conscience qui refusent de faire leur service militaire. Malgré les récentes tentatives, les relations sont toujours tendues entre le nord et le sud de la péninsule, et la conscription est considérée par Séoul comme une des clés de sa défense.

5 November 2019 Information of EBCO's Turkish member organisation VR-DER: Conscientious objector Furkan Çelik indicted on charges of "alienating the public from military service"

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Conscientious Objection (CO) Association (Turkey) member Furkan Çelik was indicted by the Office of Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor on charges of "alienating the public from military service." Furkan Çelik was accused in relation to the social media posts on CO Association's Twitter account.

Brussels 11-10-2019 Turkey: Peace comes with human rights, not with military operations

Responding to the launch of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, and the increasing suffering of the civilians in the region, EBCO's President Friedhelm Schneider stated today:
“Instead of aggravating the situation in the Syrian conflict region by a military operation cynically named Peace Spring, the Turkish government should refrain from barbarous means of quarreling and finally legalize the right to conscientious objection to military service in conformity with international human rights standards.”
 

Paris - September 2019 - Paper Union Pacifiste

« S’il m’était prouvé qu’en faisant la guerre, mon idéal avait des chances de prendre corps, je dirais quand même non à la guerre. Car on n’élabore pas une SOCIÉTÉ HUMAINE sur des monceaux de cadavres. » Louis LECOIN (1888-1971)

United Nations HRC 24-05-2019 Approaches and challenges with regard to application procedures for obtaining the status of conscientious objector to military service in accordance with human rights standards - Report of the Office of the United Nations Hig

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In the present report, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) builds upon submissions received from stakeholders and on the analytical report submitted by OHCHR to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-fifth session (A/HRC/35/4). It reaffirms briefly the international legal framework outlined in that report, points to some implementation gaps, then provides information on current trends and developments relevant to conscientious objections since 2017.

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