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

Solidarité avec les objecteurs de conscience, les militants anti-guerre et les civils de toutes les parties au conflit ; pour un soutien concret depuis l’Europe

Le Bureau européen de l’objection de conscience (BEOC) exprime son respect et sa solidarité envers les courageux objecteurs de conscience, militants anti-guerre et civils de toutes les parties au conflit, et appelle l’Europe à leur apporter un soutien concret :

PRESS RELEASE - Solidarity with conscientious objectors, anti-war activists and civilians in all sides of the war & concrete support from Europe.

Brussels, 15 March 2022
The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its respect for and solidarity with all the courageous conscientious objectors, anti-war activists and civilians from all parties to the war and calls on Europe to provide them with concrete support:

    March 8: laying flowers, all-Russian campaign We, the women of Russia, refuse to celebrate the Eighth of March this year

    Don't give us flowers, better to go out and lay them in memory of the dead civilians of Ukraine (about 300 people lost, there are children among them), against whom our country has unleashed aggressive military actions. Or lay the flowers gifted at the monuments to the fallen: flowers are better than bullets.


    Am 8. März: Blumen niederlegen, gesamtrussische Kampagne - Aufruf der Frauenorganisationen aus St. Petersburg und Russland:

    Перевод информации о нашей акции 8 марта на английский! Приглашайте людей из других стран присоединиться к нам. (Übersetzen Sie unsere Informationen zur 8. März-Kampagne! Laden Sie Menschen ein, sich uns anzuschließen.)

    DFG-VK - Press release 24. February 2022 Stop the war! Остановите войну!

    After the deployment of Russian troops to the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk and
    their recognition by Russia as independent states on Tuesday, this was followed Thursday
    morning by Russia's invasion of other parts of Ukraine in violation of international law on
    the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Our solidarity is with the people of Ukraine
    and all who will suffer the consequences of this war.

    Brussels 24.2.2022 - PRESS RELEASE - Russia/Ukraine: Peace is the only solution! Protect conscientious objectors and all civilians.

    The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) strongly condemns the Russian invasion in Ukraine this morning and calls all parties to strictly adhere to international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the right to conscientious objection to military service, and to protect civilians, including internally displaced persons and refugees. EBCO urges to end the war with an immediate ceasefire leaving space for negotiation and diplomacy.

    18.1.2022 - Joint Press Release - UN Human Rights Committee finds multiple violations in a landmark case of Greek conscientious objector to military service.

    On December 6th, the UN Human Rights Committee announced their decision on the case of conscientious objector Lazaros Petromelidis from Greece. The Committee found violations of the articles 9(1), 12(2), 14(7), and 18(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and asked Greece to take necessary measures addressing these violations. As the organisations signing this statement, we welcome this decision of the Human Rights Committee.

    27.12.2021 - VR-DER- Turkey: The report “Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Turkey- Ülke Group Cases Against Turkey”.

    The Association for Conscientious Objection, together with four international organisations, informed the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the developments regarding conscientious objection in Turkey.


    Το Δίκτυο για το Δικαίωμα στην Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης του Ελληνικού Τμήματος της Διεθνούς Αμνηστίας και το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO) συνδιοργανώνoυν εκδήλωση με την ευκαιρία της 35ης επετείου από τη δήλωση του Μιχάλη Μαραγκάκη «ΑΡΝΟΥΜΑΙ ΤΟ ΣΤΡΑΤΟ», την πρώτη δημόσια δήλωση αντίρρησης συνείδησης για ιδεολογικού

    Council of Europe to call on Turkey to immediately implement the ECtHR’ s rulings on conscientious objection.

    (05.11.2021) In response to a so-called action plan by the Turkish government, theAssociation for Conscientious Objection, based in Istanbul, Turkey,  together with a number of other organisations, submitted a statement to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on Wednesday to "request the Turkish government to take legislative measures without delay to recognize the right to conscientious objection to military service." (...more)

    Brussels, 19 October 2021 - EBCO at the IPB World Peace Congress in Barcelona.

    Members of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) participated both in-person and remotely at the second IPB World Peace Congress “(Re) Imagine our World: Action for Peace and Justice” in Barcelona, on 15-17 October 2021.

    Brussels 6.10.2021 - OPEN LETTERS calling for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba and the prosecution of the inciters of hatred and violence.

    EBCO sent today, Oct 6th 2021, the attached OPEN LETTERS calling for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba and the prosecution of the inciters of hatred and violence to:
    1) Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine
    2) Kolomyia City District Court of Ivano-Frankivsk Region
    3) Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights
    4) Security Service of Ukraine
    5) Mission of Ukraine to the European Union

    Dear …,


    Brussels - 3.10.2021 - EBCO solidarity action in Brussels at the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.

    With the opportunity of October 2nd, International Non-Violence Day, EBCO organised an action in solidarity with Ukrainian conscientious objector and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba, at the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union in Brussels, calling Ukraine to immediately stop the prosecution of pacifist Ruslan Kotsaba.

    September 21st - International Day of Peace - Peace cannot be promoted without equally promoting the right to conscientious objection to military service.

    On the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2021 on September 21st, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) emphasizes that conscientious objection to military service is as well a basic human right as a tangible contribution to peace; it is a concrete act of rejecting war and violence, and promoting peace and universal human values.


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