Human Rights 

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Turkish-Cypriots should urgently have the human right to conscientious objection to military service recognised by law

(25.01.2024) The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), War Resisters’ International (WRI), the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), and Connection e.V. (Germany) denounce the continuing prosecutions and imprisonments of conscientious objectors in the northern, Turkish-occupied, part of Cyprus (the self-styled “Turkish Republic of North Cyprus”). They are clearly blatant human rights violations. The right to conscientious objection to military service should be urgently recognised in line with the European and international law and human rights standards.

Ukraine blatantly violates the human rights of peace activists and conscientious objectors

(29.12.2023) The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), War Resisters’ International (WRI), the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), and Connection e.V. (Germany) express their deep disappointment and grave concerns about the continuing harassment of peace activists and conscientious objectors, including arbitrary prosecutions and unfair judgments, as well as the inappropriate provisions of the new mobilization bill No 10378 of 25.12.2023 proposed by the Ukrainian army. All charges against peace activists and conscientious objectors should be dropped, and those in prison should be released immediately and unconditionally, given that they are clearly prisoners of conscience. Moreover, the new bill about conscription should include provisions for the full recognition of the right to conscientious objection to military service.

Prisoners for Peace Day: 1st December

(01.12.2023) Today, December 1st, is Prisoners for Peace Day. On this day (and every day) we encourage you to show solidarity with the activists and conscientious objectors imprisoned due to their peace work and their refusal to take up arms.

Ukraine: Violations of human right to conscientious objection to military service

24 February 2022 to November 2023

(25.11.2023) Human right to conscientious objection to military service is not recognized on all stages of military service in Ukraine. Conscripts could be punished for “draft evasion,” acting servicemen for “desertion” or “unauthorized leave of military unit” if persisting on their conscientious objection. Currently a trend could be observed of more harsh sentences in cases of conscientious objectors.

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