EBCO’s Annual Report 2017 on Conscientious Objection in Europe
(08.12.2017) In view of the International Human Rights Day (December 10th) the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) publishes its new Annual Report “Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2017”.
Armenians who avoided military service will be allowed to pay a fine and be free from persecution
This will allow young people abroad who are older than 27 years of age to return home
(23.11.2017) Citizens of Armenia who are older than 27 years of age and who have left the country and did not serve in the army will be able to pay a fine within two years time and will be freed from criminal persecution and return home. The sum of the fine will be 200 000 drams or USD 420 for every missed draft period, totaling 3 600 000 drams (USD 7 500) for the entirety of the service term.
Turkish conscientious objector Osman Murat Ülke harassed again
(22.11.2017) Two decades after his imprisonment, Osman Murat Ülke was summoned to the police station again this week by the prosecutor in Bilecik, who has reopened his case, and ordered him to make a statement at the local police station. Ossi was the first conscientious objector arrested in Turkey, having burnt his military papers publicly at a press conference in Izmir on 1 September 1995. The following decade included repeated arrests and imprisonments, and his case was eventually taken to the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in his favour.