2019 EBCO: Annual Report

EBCO / KDV, 14. Februar 2020/dj

Annual Report
Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2019

Foreword by Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO President
In May 2019 the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) signed as one of 110 organisations the appeal „ Save the European Peace Project “. Addressed to the members of the incoming European Parliament this appeal embodies a critical assessment
of the ongoing militarization of Europe and argues for „ a European Union that advocates peace and human rights at home and beyond its borders “. (see https://www.forumzfd.de/de/node/1260)

In the political context of a growing importance attached to European defence cooperation, armament projects and joint military operations the right to conscientious objection to military service risks to be marginalized instead of being consistently perceived as a human right to be monitored and guaranteed.

For numerous conscientious objectors in Europe 2019 has been a year 
predominantly characterized by regression and political lack of interest to implement the right to conscientious objection in compliance with European human right s standards. ...