EBCO

EBCO Annual Report 2021 on Conscientious Objection to Military Service: Conscientious objectors in risk in several European countries.

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection publishes today its Annual Report on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2021, covering the region of Council of Europe (CoE).

21 March 2022 EUR 25/5374/2022 GREECE: GIVE CHARIS VASILEIOU AND NIKOLAS STEFANIDIS A FAIR EXAMINATION OF THEIR GROUNDS FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION UNDER AN AMENDED LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW AND STANDARDS.

Ahead of the hearing before the Council of State, Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, of the cases of Charis Vasileiou and Nikolas Stefanidis, conscientious objectors to military service whose applications have been rejected by the Deputy Minister of National Defence, Amnesty International, Connection e.V., the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and War Resisters’ International (WRI) call on the Greek authorities to annul the decisions of rejection and grant them a fair examin

PRESS RELEASE - Solidarity with conscientious objectors, anti-war activists and civilians in all sides of the war & concrete support from Europe.

Brussels, 15 March 2022
 
The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its respect for and solidarity with all the courageous conscientious objectors, anti-war activists and civilians from all parties to the war and calls on Europe to provide them with concrete support:
 

    Brussels 24.2.2022 - PRESS RELEASE - Russia/Ukraine: Peace is the only solution! Protect conscientious objectors and all civilians.

    The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) strongly condemns the Russian invasion in Ukraine this morning and calls all parties to strictly adhere to international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the right to conscientious objection to military service, and to protect civilians, including internally displaced persons and refugees. EBCO urges to end the war with an immediate ceasefire leaving space for negotiation and diplomacy.
     

    18.1.2022 - Joint Press Release - UN Human Rights Committee finds multiple violations in a landmark case of Greek conscientious objector to military service.

    On December 6th, the UN Human Rights Committee announced their decision on the case of conscientious objector Lazaros Petromelidis from Greece. The Committee found violations of the articles 9(1), 12(2), 14(7), and 18(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and asked Greece to take necessary measures addressing these violations. As the organisations signing this statement, we welcome this decision of the Human Rights Committee.

    Brussels, 19 October 2021 - EBCO at the IPB World Peace Congress in Barcelona.

    Members of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) participated both in-person and remotely at the second IPB World Peace Congress “(Re) Imagine our World: Action for Peace and Justice” in Barcelona, on 15-17 October 2021.

    Brussels 6.10.2021 - OPEN LETTERS calling for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba and the prosecution of the inciters of hatred and violence.

    EBCO sent today, Oct 6th 2021, the attached OPEN LETTERS calling for the dropping of all charges against Ruslan Kotsaba and the prosecution of the inciters of hatred and violence to:
     
    1) Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine
    2) Kolomyia City District Court of Ivano-Frankivsk Region
    3) Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights
    4) Security Service of Ukraine
    5) Mission of Ukraine to the European Union
     

    Dear …,

     

    Brussels - 3.10.2021 - EBCO solidarity action in Brussels at the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.

    With the opportunity of October 2nd, International Non-Violence Day, EBCO organised an action in solidarity with Ukrainian conscientious objector and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba, at the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union in Brussels, calling Ukraine to immediately stop the prosecution of pacifist Ruslan Kotsaba.

    Joint NGO Statement - Greece: Charis Vasileiou should have a fair examination of his grounds for conscientious objection under an amended legislative framework in line with international law and standards

    Brussels 15.2.2021 - EBCO's Annual Report 2020 on Conscientious Objection to Military Service: Europe not a safe place for many conscientious objectors in several countries

    “The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection publishes today its Annual Report on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2020, in honour of Jean Van Lierde (1926-2006) who was born on 15th February, the most famous Belgian conscientious objector and first EBCO President”, EBCO’s Vice-President Sam Biesemans stated today.

    Brussels 2.1.2021 - EBCO wishes you a happy and peaceful new year 2021! BEOC vous souhaite une nouvelle année 2021 de paix!

    You can now watch online the original french version of the documentary "Maurice Montet: conscientious objector and integral pacifist" here

    It was published by FemArtAct today, on 1/1/2021, to honor the 100 years of War Resisters' International!

    ***

    Vous pouvez désormais visionner en ligne la version originale française du documentaire "Maurice Montet: objecteur de conscience et pacifiste intégral" ici

    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

    st_logo

    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

    rouf

    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.

    Brussels - 25-6-2020 - Continuing violation of the European Social Charter in the case of alternative service for conscientious objectors in #Greece. Submission of EBCO to the European Committee of Social Rights.

    Department of the European Social Charter, DG I – Directorate of Human Rights, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, Continuing violation of Article 1§2 of the European Social Charter in the case of alternative service for conscientious o

    Pages

    Subscribe to RSS - EBCO