2019 EBCO: criticises failure of European institutions

EBCO / KDV, 14. Februar 2020/dj

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Regression and political lack of interest:
EBCO criticises failure of European institutions to implement the right to conscientious objection

In its Annual Report on Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2019 , the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) red flags the multiple discriminations that conscientious objectors to military service continue to undergo in Europe. 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 rights standards”, EBCO’s President Friedhelm Schneider stated today. ...