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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.

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

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.

La Corée du Sud va gracier près de 2000 objecteurs de conscience

La Corée du Sud va gracier près de 2 000 objecteurs de conscience qui refusent de faire leur service militaire. Malgré les récentes tentatives, les relations sont toujours tendues entre le nord et le sud de la péninsule, et la conscription est considérée par Séoul comme une des clés de sa défense.

5 November 2019 Information of EBCO's Turkish member organisation VR-DER: Conscientious objector Furkan Çelik indicted on charges of "alienating the public from military service"

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Conscientious Objection (CO) Association (Turkey) member Furkan Çelik was indicted by the Office of Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor on charges of "alienating the public from military service." Furkan Çelik was accused in relation to the social media posts on CO Association's Twitter account.

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.”
 

Brussels 29-8-2019 EBCO spot 2019 on conscientious objection to military service.

ITALY 10-8-2019 APPEAL FOR A NEW FORM OF CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION

This appeal was published and co-signed by EBCO's Italian member organisation Movimento Nonviolento. Up until 2004, the Italian State asked its citizens to serve their homeland with weapons in their hands. 

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

Athens 14-5-2019 - Amnesty International Greece: event with conscientious objectors from Greece, Cyprus and Germany

On the occasion of the international conscientious objection day, Amnesty International Greece will organise an informative and artistic event with conscientious objectors from Greece, Cyprus and Germany on 16/5 in Athens, including discussion and art, with the participation of:
Halil Karapasaoglu, Turkish-Cypriot conscientious objector and poet.

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.

Brussels, 16 April 2019 - Deep disappointment over the bill on conscientious objection in Greece

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) expresses its deed disappointment over the bill introduced by the Ministry of National Defence of Greece concerning inter alia issues about conscientious objectors to military service (COs).

“It is a lost opportunity that the bill introduces only minor changes to the relevant legislation, and fails to bring the Greek legislation about conscientious objectors in line with the international human rights law and standards”, Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO's President stated today.

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