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New report: Conscientious Objection to military service in Europe 2015

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection's annual report gives an overview of conscientious objection in Europe this year. Read it here.

Foreword by Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO President

In September 2014 Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, speaking at a side event to the Human Rights Council, observed: “Conscientious objection to military service is a specific issue, but not a side issue!”. One year on, in October 2015, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, for the first time launches its Annual Report “Conscientious objection to military service in Europe 2015” in Geneva, immediately before the Session of the UN Human Rights Committee which will deal with the reports of Greece and the Republic of Korea - two states in which the right of conscientious objection to military service continues flagrantly to be violated.

A Conscientious Objector's Guide to the International Human Rights System launched

Empowering conscientious objectors to take advantage of human rights mechanisms

We're extremely happy to announce the launch of 'A Conscientious Objector's Guide to the International Human Rights System'. This is an update of 'A Conscientious Objector's Guide to the UN Human Rights System', published in 2000, and covers the multitude of developments that have taken place in terms of human rights and conscientious objection since then.

Armenia: Venice Commission says draft amendments to alternative service law insufficient

The Venice Commission, the Council of Europe's "European Commission for Democracy through Law" was asked by the Armenian government to comment on its draft law to amend the Alternative Service Law of the country.

The European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission, is the Council of Europe's advisory body on constitutional matters.

Résolution intérimaire ResDH(2005)113 relative à l’arrêt de la Cour européenne des Droits de l’Homme du 19 juin 2003 (définitif le 19 septembre 2005) dans l’affaire Hulki Güneş contre la Turquie

(adoptée par le Comité des Ministres le 30 novembre 2005,
lors de la 948e réunion des Délégués des Ministres)

Le Comité des Ministres, en vertu de l’article 46, paragraphe 2, de la Convention de sauvegarde des Droits de l’Homme et des Libertés fondamentales (ci-après dénommée «la Convention»),

Vu l’arrêt de la Cour européenne des Droits de l’Homme (ci-après dénommée « la Cour ») rendu le 19 juin 2003 dans l’affaire Hulki Güneş et transmis une fois définitif au Comité des Ministres en vertu des articles 44 et 46 de la Convention ;

Turkey: Increased pressure on conscientious objection

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Turkey has recently increased the pressure on conscientious objectors. As reported in a co-alert on 1 April, conscientious objector Enver Aydemir has been sentenced to ten months imprisonment on 30 March, on charges of desertion.

Le Comité européen des droits sociaux condamne la durée trop longue des alternatives au service militaire.

Le Comité européen des droits sociaux s’est penché à plusieurs reprises sur la problématique durée du service de substitution –particulièrement pour la Grèce et la finlande. Ces dernières années, il s’est emparé du sujet pour plusieurs conclusions des situations par pays.

Council of Europe increases pressure on Turkey

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A solution for Osman Murat Ülke and other conscientious objectors?

The Council of Europe has increased its pressure on Turkey in the case of conscientious objector Osman Murat Ülke. Osman Murat Ülke declared his conscientious objection and burned his call-up papers on 1 September 1995 in Izmir. He was arrested more than a year later - on 7 October 1996 - on charges of Article 155, "alienating the people from the military".

Exécution de l’arrêt de la Cour européenne des Droits de l’Homme Ülke contre la Turquie

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Résolution CM/ResDH(2007)109

Exécution de l’arrêt de la Cour européenne des Droits de l’Homme
Ülke contre la Turquie

(requête n° 39437/98, arrêt du 24 janvier 2006, définitif le 24 avril 2006)

Le Comité des Ministres, en vertu de l’article 46, paragraphe 2, de la Convention de sauvegarde des Droits de l’Homme et des Libertés fondamentales, qui prévoit que le Comité contrôle l’exécution des arrêts définitifs de la Cour européenne des Droits de l’Homme (ci-après nommées « la Convention » et « la Cour ») ;

Greece: Service in place of military service

European Committee of Social Rights:
Conclusions XVIII-1 (Greece)
Articles 1, 12, 13, 16 and 19 of the Charter

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Service in place of military service

Recommendation 1518 (2001)

Adopted by the Standing Committee, acting on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on 23 May 2001

Exercise of the right of conscientious objection to military service in Council of Europe member states

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