Brussels 8-12-2020 - OPEN LETTER to Court - EBCO calls for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba

OPEN LETTER  To:  Court Stadtrayongericht Kolomyja, Gebiet Iwano-Frankiwsk 78200 Kolomyja, Hruschewskyj-Prospekt 29  

Cc:    Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, 

Office of General Prosecutor,  Security Service of Ukraine,  

Ukrainian Pacifist Movement statement on political prosecution of pacifist Ruslan Kotsaba

10 December 2020, the court in Kolomyya scheduled hearings in a criminal case of Ruslan Kotsaba, the journalist and pacifist who published in 2015 video blog calling to boycott mobilization for armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. 

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.

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

2-1-2018 The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection about Y.V.Yaylali and Meral Geylani

Yannis-Vasilis Yaylali is a peace activist and journalist in Turkey, jailed by the Turkish government since April 22nd of 2017. He is a Turkish citizen of Greek origin born in the Bafra area of the Black Sea coast.
Mr Friedhelm Schneider from the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) sent the statement below about Yannis-Vasilis Yaylali and Meral Geylani.

Refuse to occupy - international Day of action 1st of December 2016

Tamar Alon, Atalya Ben Abba and Tamar Ze'evi are facing imprisonment for refusing to serve the Israeli occupation. Support them by joining us on December 1st for an international day of action.

Vigils will take place outside arms manufacturing facilities and other locations calling on governments to stop arming the Israeli occupation rather than profiting from it.


Omri Barnes and Tair Kaminer have been imprisoned again because they #refuse2occupy and refuse to serve the IDF.

14th May: Meet conscientious objectors from across Europe

On Saturday 14th May, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection are holding their annual meeting in London for the first time; join representatives of peace movements afterwards for an informal meeting at 7.30pm. It will be a chance to hear how we can support anti-conscription and conscientious objector movements today, as well as to discover how recognition of the rights of conscientious objectors in Britain in 1916 impacted campaigns in other countries.
When: Saturday 14th May, 7.30pm

activity organised in honour of Jean Van Lierde

April 17 - Global Day Against Military Spending Athens action

Support Ruslan Kotsaba (12/2015)

Journalist Ruslan Kotsaba was arrested on 8 February 2015 in the courtroom of his home town Iwano-Frankiwsk (Western Ukraine). Shortly before he had declared in a video message to President Petro Poroschenko his refusal to be drafted and that he would rather endure 5 years in prison than shoot at his „fellow citizens living in the East“. He called upon his compatriots to refuse military service, too. The German newspaper „tageszeitung“ (taz) reported on 9 February 2015: „Kotsaba supported Maidan in 2014 as an activist. In the Presidential l elections he voted for President Poroschenko.

10th October 2014 - Action on Galatasaray square (Istiklal street)

EBCO participated in the action on conscientious objection organised by the Association of Conscientious Objection in Turkey (VR-DER) on Galatasaray square (Istiklal street) on 10th October 2014. During the action, Vedat ZENCIR, one of the two first Turkish conscientious objectors who declared their conscientious objection on ideological grounds in 1990, burnt the arrest warrant that police issued against him on 27/07/2014. Another Turkish conscientious objector, Ercan AKTAS, also burnt the arrest warrant that police issued against him on 03/09/2014.

Presentation of EBCO Annual Report 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey (photos)

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objectors (EBCO) presented its Annual Report 2014 “Conscientious objection to military service in Europe 2014” in a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

The press conference was organised by the Association of Conscientious Objection in Turkey (VR-DER) and took place on Friday 10th of October 2014 at 11:00 at Cezayir Toplantı Salonu, Galatasaray-Beyoğlu. The moderator of the press conference was Metin BAYRAK, member of the Association of Conscientious Objection in Turkey (VR-DER), and the speakers were:

Photos from the successful event organised on the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence 2 October 2014

Photos from the successful event organised on the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence 2 October 2014 at 21:00 in POREIA theatre, Athens, Greece, where the outstanding performance of “BLASTED” theatre play of Sarah Kane was followed by an interesting open discussion with the audience on the manifestations of violence which are addressed by the theatre play, with:
• Dimitris Tarloou, Artistic Director of POREIA theatre and director of the “BLASTED” theatre play;

2nd of October - International Day of Non-Violence


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