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Greek CO found guilty of insubordination

In Greece, conscientious objector Dimitris K. Sotiropoulos has been found guilty again of insubordination by a military court, and given a ten month suspended sentence. The nature of the trial was heavily criticised by those in attendance.

17 years after its recognition, conscientious objection is always prosecuted

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 GREEK ASSOCIATION OF CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS

PRESS RELEASE

Tomorrow, 16/06/2015, the case of conscientious objector Dimitris K. Sotiropoulos will be heard before the Appeal Military Court of Athens. Sotiropoulos, 48 years old and a founding member of the Greek Association of Conscientious Objectors, has refused to enlist since 1992, declared publicly his opposition to violence and militarism, and asked to perform an equal alternative civilian service. At first instance, and having already been exempted from conscription as a father of 3 children, he was sentenced to a 10-month suspended imprisonment sentence, 23 years after his initial insubordination. Among others, the Vice-President of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) Sam Biesemans will testify in his defense, who came from Brussels for this purpose.

Mixalis Tolis

Pays:
  • Grèce
Activist type:
  • objecteur/trice de conscience
Statut:
  • Declared objector


Tsiaglis Xenofon

Activist:
Pays:
  • Grèce

Je déclare publiquement que je refuse le service militaire obligatoire à l'Armée grecque. Je déclare publiquement que, en tant qu' objecteur de conscience et dû à mes convictions politiques, je refuse la conscription à l'armée nationale. Tout au long de ma vie, je m'abstiens de la formation aux armes mortelles ou pas. Je ne facilite jamais et ne collabore jamais avec les armées nationales, les corps de sécurité et toute autre version du militarisme dans la société.

Tsiaglis Xenofon

Pays:
  • Grèce
Activist type:
  • objecteur/trice de conscience
Statut:
  • Declared objector


In Athens for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending

14 April, 2014, Athens: Global Day of Action on Military Spending action in Athens, Greece, organised by World without Wars and Violence with the support of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, to demand the decrease of military spending and the increase of social spending.

Regional solidarity actions for Cypriot CO Murat Kanatlı

Istanbul: The Conscientious Objection Association of TurkeyIstanbul: The Conscientious Objection Association of TurkeyFollowing a meeting in Cyprus of conscientious objector and war refuser movements in the Eastern Mediterranean region at the end of January, when CO in Cyprus Murat Kanatlı (and co-organiser of the meeting in Nicosia) was imprisoned for ten days in February, solidarity actions took place in Turkey, Greece and Israel (by Druze Palestinian objectors). In Athens, activists were temporarily detained for their protest at the Turkish embassy. Watch a video of activists in Istanbul here.

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Solidarity for Omar Saad in Athens, 6th April 2014

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Solidarity for Omar Saad in AthensSolidarity for Omar Saad in Athens

Action against the imprisonment of Omar Saad in front of the Greek Parliament at 'Syntagma' Square (Constitution Square) in Athens. 6th April 2014, by activists from Amnesty International in Greece.

Vassilakopoulos Vassilis

Pays:
  • Grèce

With this script I declare publicly my conscious objection to fulfill any military service for the reasons listed below.

The reasons I want to serve in a government department and not in the bodies of the Army are:

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