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"


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


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.

Brussels 29-8-2019 EBCO spot 2019 on conscientious objection to military service.


This appeal was published and co-signed by EBCO's Italian member organisation Movimento Nonviolento. Up until 2004, the Italian State asked its citizens to serve their homeland with weapons in their hands. 

The Greek government of SYRIZA should honor its promises about reduction of the length of alternative civilian service

Open letter of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) to the Alternate Minister of National Defence of Greece

To: Alternate Minister of National Defence of Greece, Mr. Panagiotis Rigas

Athens 14-5-2019 - Amnesty International Greece: event with conscientious objectors from Greece, Cyprus and Germany

On the occasion of the international conscientious objection day, Amnesty International Greece will organise an informative and artistic event with conscientious objectors from Greece, Cyprus and Germany on 16/5 in Athens, including discussion and art, with the participation of:
Halil Karapasaoglu, Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector and poet.

Brussels 13-5-2019 - Non-assistance to persons in danger: EBCO criticises failure of European institutions to protect conscientious objectors to military service


On the occasion of the International Conscientious Objection Day on 15 May 2019, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) red-flags the multiple discriminations that conscientious objectors to military service continue to undergo in Europe. In the run-up to the European elections, EBCO points moreover to the enduring omission of European institutions to take action against the violation of the human right to conscientious objection.

Brussels, 16 April 2019 - Deep disappointment over the bill on conscientious objection in Greece

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its deed disappointment over the bill introduced by the Ministry of National Defence of Greece concerning inter alia issues about conscientious objectors to military service (COs).

“It is a lost opportunity that the bill introduces only minor changes to the relevant legislation, and fails to bring the Greek legislation about conscientious objectors in line with the international human rights law and standards”, Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO's President stated today.

Brussels, 9-4-2019 Erik Hummels - Lawyer for peace 1949 – 2019

Erik studied law, and became a lawyer. Coming from a catholic family he joined the Quakers. He was a pacifist and a peace-activist.

ΥΠΟΜΝΗΜΑ του Ευρωπαϊκου Γραφειου για την Αντιρρηση Συνειδησης (E.B.C.O.) και του Συνδέσμου Αντιρρησιών Συνείδησης προς τον Αναπληρωτή Υπουργό Εθνικής Άμυνας

Οι αντιρρησίες συνείδησης στην Ελλάδα υφίστανται σοβαρές παραβιάσεις των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων τους όπως καταγγέλλουν επί δεκαετίες οι διεθνείς φορείς. Επισυνάπτεται το Υπόμνημα σε μορφή pdf

Northern Cyprus 15-1-2019 Imprisonment of Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu: A blatant human rights violation

“Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for his peaceful convictions and his genuine opposition to the compulsory military service. EBCO denounces his imprisonment as a blatant human rights violation.

Brussels 15-1-2019 EBCO Press Release: Legalisation, not investigation for the right to conscientious objection in Turkey

"EBCO is extremely disturbed by the continuing harassment of the activists of the Turkish Association of Conscientious Objection VR-DER. We demand from the Turkish authorities to address the right to conscientious objection with legalisation, not with investigation.

Turkey, 11-1-2019 Investigation Against Association of Conscientious Objection

An investigation has been launched against the Association of Conscientious Objection (VR-DER) because of the posts shared on social media and the vicdaniret.org website.

Furkan Çelik, who owns the domain, and VR-DER Co-Chair attorney Gökhan Soysal deposed at the Prosecutor's Office yesterday (January 11).


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