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Tomorrow, 16/06/2015, the case of conscientious objector Dimitris K. Sotiropoulos will be heard before the Appeal Military Court of Athens. Sotiropoulos, 48 years old and a founding member of the Greek Association of Conscientious Objectors, has refused to enlist since 1992, declared publicly his opposition to violence and militarism, and asked to perform an equal alternative civilian service.

Antimilitarist Action Camp in Finland 3rd til 11th June

'Operation Headwind'*  is antimitaristic action camp and come together which takes place in Finnish Northern Karelia in Summer 2015. Come and meet people involved in direct action from Finland and beyond. Come to spend unforgettable week filled with workshops, skill-sharing, discussions, swimming, Finnish sauna culture, music, friendship and of course non-violent direct action in the wilderness and outstanding natural beauty of Karelia! *in Finnish: Vastatuuli


PEACE SIGN 2015 - How many more lives?

peaceThe World without Wars and Violence in cooperation with the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and the Greek Forum of Refugees invite you to take your place in the Peace Sign 2015 this Friday 15 May at

ΣΗΜΑ ΕΙΡΗΝΗΣ 2015 - Ποσες ζωες ακομα;

peaceΟ Κόσμος χωρίς Πολέμους και Βία σε συνεργασία με το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO) και το Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Προσφύγων σας καλούμε να πάρετε τη θέση σας στο Σήμα Ειρήνης 2015 αυτήν την Παρασκευή 15 Μαΐου στις

EBCO Kıbrıslı Türk Vicdani Retçi Haluk Selam Tufanlı’nın serbest bırakılması için çağrıda bulunuyor

Uluslararası eylem günü: Salı 9 Aralık 2014

Avrupa Vicdani Ret Bürosu (EBCO) Kıbrıslı Türk yetkililerin vicdani retçileri yargılayıp hapsetmek gibi kabul almaz ve çağ dışı uygulamalarını kınamaktadır. EBCO 31 yaşındaki vicdani retçi Haluk Selam Tufanlı’nın hemen salıverilmesini ve vicdani ret hakkının Avrupa ve uluslararası standartlar doğrultusunda askere alınmış kişilere, yedek kuvvetlere ve silahlı kuvvetlerin tüm profesyonel üyelerine tamamıyla tanınmasını talep etmektedir.

EBCO calls for the release of the Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanli

International day of action: Tuesday 9 December 2014

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) condemns the unacceptable and anachronistic practice of the Turkish-Cypriot authorities to prosecute and imprison conscientious objectors to military service.


Διεθνής ημέρα δράσης: Τρίτη 9 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Το Ευρωπαϊκό Γραφείο για την Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης (EBCO) καταδικάζει την απαράδεκτη και αναχρονιστική πρακτική των Τουρκοκυπριακών αρχών να διώκουν και να φυλακίζουν αντιρρησίες συνείδησης στη στρατιωτική θητεία.


halulkToday, 4 December 2014, Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector Haluk Selam Tufanlı was sentenced to 10 days in prison for objecting to participate in the annual compulsory military exercises in the northern part of Cyprus on the basis of his ideological conscientious objection.

Ελλάδα: Να σταματήσει η στοχοποίηση του Γιάννη Γκλαρνέτατζη και η καταπάτηση των δικαιωμάτων των αντιρρησιών συνείδησης

Βρυξέλλες, 22 Οκτωβρίου 2014

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 αντιρρησία συνείδησης Γιάννη Γκλαρνέτατζη και την απόσυρση των κατηγοριών εναντίον όλων των αντιρρησιών συνείδησης στην Ελλάδα, χώρα στην οποία ο θεσμός της εναλλακτικής υπηρεσίας παραμένει τιμωρητικός και αποτελεί διάκριση εις βάρος των αντιρρησιών συνείδησης.

Greece: Stop the targeting of Yiannis Glarnetatzis and the violation of the rights of conscientious objectors

Brussels, 22 October 2014

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 Yiannis Glarnetatzis and the dismissal of the charges against all conscientious objectors in Greece, a country where the institution of alternative service remains punitive and constitutes discrimination against conscientious objectors.

International Day of Non-Violence: EBCO promotes conscientious objection to military service as an important contribution to non-violence

Athens, 1 October 2014

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

World War I: A century on, we honour the conscientious objectors and we urge Europe to do more for peace and refugees

Brussels, 6 August 2014 “On the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, EBCO honours the conscientious objectors who refused to fight then, expresses its solidarity to the conscientious objectors who refuse to fight today, and calls to respect all over the world the peaceable commitment of people for the end of wars, armed conflicts and violence”, Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO’s President stated today. During the World War I, 1914-1918 it is estimated that more than nine million troops were killed, and, as many as 10 million civilians.

No more bloodshed! Solidarity with the Israeli conscientious objectors and pacifists who refuse to fight in the current armed conflict against their Palestinian brothers and sisters

Brussels, 17 July 2014

Shame to the Greek EU Presidency At least 3 arrests and 3 convictions of Greek conscientious objectors during the Presidency

Brussels, 2 July 2014
“EBCO expresses its deep disappointment at the Greek European Union Presidency as far as it concerns the grave violations of the human rights of conscientious objectors in Greece.

EBCO offended at unprecedented harassment and detention of its activists in Athens and demands explanations and apology from the Greek authorities

Murat Kanatli 

Brussels, 3 March 2014

“EBCO is offended at the provocative and outrageous harassment of its activists in Athens and their detention in the General Police Directorate of Attica, after their symbolic peaceful protest against the imprisonment of Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector Murat Kanatli.


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