EBCO shocked at imprisonment of its Board Member Murat Kanatlı
(25.02.2014) “EBCO is shocked at the provocative and outrageous imprisonment of its Board Member Murat Kanatlı, a Cypriot conscientious objector and human rights activist, and demands its immediate and unconditional release. We also call for the full recognition of the right to conscientious objection for conscripts, reservists and professional members of the armed forces, in line with European and international standards”, Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO’s President stated today, after Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector Murat Kanatlı was sentenced to 10 days in prison for his refusal on grounds of conscience to participate in the annual compulsory military exercises in the northern part of Cyprus.
(10.02.2014) Birinci Vicdani Ret Akdeniz konfreransi 1 ocak ve 3 subat 2014 tarihleri arasinda Kibris'ta gerceklesmistir. Bu konferansa Yunanistan, Kibris, Filistin, Israil, Misir ve Türkiye'den 30 un üzerinde aktivist katilmistir. Ayrica Almanya'dan, Büyük Britanya'dan ve Isvicre'den katilan misafirler de Konferansta yerlerini almislardir.
Mediterranean Conference on Conscientious Objection in Cyprus
(10.02.2014) The first ever Mediterranean Conference on Conscientious Objection took place in Cyprus from 31 January to 3 February 2014. Over 30 activists from Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Turkey were able to particpate. The group was complemented with other guests from Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Rudi Friedrich reports.
Turkish Conscientious Objector in Military Prison after Deportation
(12.07.2013) After his demand for political asylum was rejected by the Republic of Cyprus, Turkish conscientious objector Onur Erden was deported back to Istanbul via Jordan on Thursday, July 11th. He was arrested after his appearance in the court and transferred to military prison in Kasimpasa Naval Base in Istanbul.