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EBCO celebrates the entry into force of the Nuclear Ban Treaty. Nuclear weapons now illegal under international law!

“After decades of lobbying and campaigning, it’s now a reality! Nuclear weapons have now become illegal under international law. This is a ground breaking step towards a world free of nuclear weapons!”, Alexia Tsouni, EBCO president stated today.

UKRAINE: EBCO shocked by the continuation ofprosecution and attacksagainstRuslan KotsabaCriticism of the military is not a crime! Violence is a crime!

The retrial of Ukrainian journalist, pacifist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kotsaba started yesterday, and what is more, he was attacked by a far-right mob and sprayed with a fire extinguisher with the mob chanting “Death to the enemies! Ukraine above all!”

Brussels 15.1.2021 Shministiyot Letter: EBCO signs the International Solidarity Declaration in support of the Israeli conscientious objectors

On 5 January 2021 sixty Israeli teenagers published an open letter addressed to top Israeli officials, in which they declared their refusal to serve in the army in protest of its policies of occupation and apartheid.

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 E-Mail:inbox@kmm.if.court.gov.ua  

Cc:    Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, hotline@ombudsman.gov.ua 

Office of General Prosecutor, zvern@gp.gov.ua  Security Service of Ukraine, callcenter@ssu.gov.ua  

Bruxelles, 4-12-2020 - Première du documentaire "Maurice Montet: objecteur de conscience et pacifiste intégral"

À l'occasion de la Journée internationale des Droits de l'Homme, le 10 décembre 2020, l'Union Pacifiste de France (UPF), le BEOC-EBCO et la WRI-IRG co-organisent la première du documentaire "Maurice Montet: objecteur de conscience et pacifiste intégral".

Vous pouvez vous joindre à cet événement en ligne le vendredi 11 décembre à 18h00, heure de Paris, en cliquant sur le lien Zoom suivant:

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.

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 - 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.

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.”
 

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

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

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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.

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