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Let’s Resist against the Spiral of Violence and Militarist Imposition

Military coups have brought along human rights violations in every location they have taken place. In every place where the army has taken control by force, the violence has been further institutionalized and the societies who witness the coups have been stuck in spirals of violence.

We are Against Any Kind of Coup d’état, Attempt to Stage Coup d’état, and Anti-democratic

16 July 2016

On 15 July 2016, there was an attempt to stage coup d’état in Turkey. There is still danger of coup d’état. Many civilians, soldiers and police officers either lost their lives or were injured resulted from violence, clashes during this attempt.

Remember Concientious Objector on religious grounds Muhammad Ali

Ebco meeting May 2016 in London

EBCO met in London half May 2016 to remember the first law in history (U.K. , 1916) which provided a legal right to conscientious objection to military service. Next EBCO meeting will be organized in Athens in November 2016 with presentation of the annual EBCO report (survey on the current CO situation in Europe); Mihalis Marangakis, one of the historical Greek CO's, will present also his autobiographical book.

EBCO appeal: Free Ruslan Kotsaba!

Brussels, 26 May 2016

peaceRuslan Kotsaba, a journalist and conscientious objector from Ukraine, was  sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment by the city court of Ivano-Frankivsk (Western Ukraine) on 12 May 2016. The court found him guilty of „obstructing the legitimate activities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces“.

17 Απριλίου - Παγκόσμια καμπάνια για τις στρατιωτικές δαπάνες

Σας καλούμε στη δράση για τη μείωση των στρατιωτικών δαπανών και την αύξηση των κοινωνικών δαπανών την Κυριακή 17 Απριλίου ώρα 17:00. Ξεκινάμε με πορεία από την πλατεία Συντάγματος, στεκόμαστε στα γραφεία της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, και καταλήγουμε στο Πολεμικό Μουσείο δηλώνοντας:

Δεν είμαστε Αόρατοι
Σταματήστε Τους Πολέμους, Όχι Τους Πρόσφυγες
Βάλτε τον Πόλεμο στο Μουσείο
Κόψτε Στρατιωτικές Δαπάνες, Χρηματοδοτήστε Ανθρώπινες Ανάγκες

Declaration Against War of VR-DER - Conscientious Objection Association, Turkey

"VR-DER: Leave Your Units, Refuse The War"

Although nobody remembers in today’s war conditions, it shouldn’t be forgotten that there had been a state of cease fire between the state and PKK, which started in the Newroz of 2013 and lasted for more than two years. After a period of clashes, while Erdogan was talking in public meetings before the 2015 June elections, saying “Give us the 400 (seats), (so that) the issue is settled peacefully” as the head of state; HDP election campaign had the slogan “we will not let you become the president”.

VR-DER: Birliklerinizi Terk Edin, Savaşı Reddedin

İçinde bulunduğumuz savaş koşullarında artık kimse hatırlamıyor olsa dahi, devlet ile PKK arasında 2013 yılı Newroz’unda başlayan ve yaklaşık 2 yıldan uzun süren bir çatışmasızlık halinin yaşandığını unutmamak gerekir.

Stop the mockery against conscientious objectors! We demand full respect for our human rights!

Press Release of the Association of Greek Conscientious Objectors
Each new government usually spends some minimum time during the first year of its term to settle some minimum issues relating to compulsory military service and the issue of conscientious objectors. We have experienced this repeatedly.

EBCO's wishes for a Peaceful 2016

PRESS RELEASE: A sad continuity of problems

Brussels, 10 December 2015

On International Human Rights Day the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) publishes its new  Annual Report “Conscientious objection to military service in Europe 2015”.    

Greece: Repeal the conviction of conscientious objector Anastasios Batas

Brussels, 2 November 2015

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) condemns once again the unacceptable practice of the Greek authorities to target and prosecute conscientious objectors. EBCO demands the repeal of the conviction of conscientious objector Anastasios Batas, member of the Association of Greek Conscientious Objectors, who is on trial tomorrow before the Appeal Military Court of Athens.

Ελλαδα: Να αναιρεθει η καταδικη του Προεδρου του Συνδεσμου Αντιρρησιων Συνειδησης Γιαννη Γκλαρνετατζη

Βρυξέλλες, 20 Οκτωβρίου 2015

Το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO) καταδικάζει για άλλη μια φορά την απαράδεκτη πρακτική των ελληνικών αρχών να στοχοποιούν και να διώκουν αντιρρησίες συνείδησης. Το EBCO ζητά την αναίρεση της καταδίκης του Προέδρου του Συνδέσμου Αντιρρησιών Συνείδησης Γιάννη Γκλαρνέτατζη, ο οποίος δικάζεται αύριο από το Αναθεωρητικό Στρατοδικείο Θεσσαλονίκης.

Conference - Conscience and War. 1915-2015 : 100 years of objection

peaceLa ricorrenza dei 100 anni dall’inizio della prima guerra mondiale verrà ricordata dal Centro Sereno Regis per mettere in evidenza l’opposizione integrale a tutte le guerre.

GREECE Joint Submission by the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and the Association of Greek Conscientious Objection (AGCO) to the UN Universal Periodic Review 25th session of the UPR Working Group, April/May 2016

In this joint submission, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection and the Association of Greek Conscientious Objection provide information under sections B and C as stipulated in the Universal Periodic Review: information and guidelines for relevant stakeholders’ written submissions (Rev 17/03/2015)

Brussels, 21 September 2015

Submitting stakeholders: Mr. Friedhelm Schneider (President of EBCO), Mr. Yiannis Gklarnetatzis (President of AGCO).


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