Open Letter: Support of conscientious objector Mitja Jakone
(01.08.2023) Urgent Open Letter written by EBCO President Alexia Tsounis on the possibility of Mitja Jakonen being punished for his conscientious objection to military service - even with house arrest.
Protection and asylum for human rights defender Olga Karach
(25.08.2023) Following the denial of political asylum by the Lithuanian authorities for the Belarusian peacebuilder and human rights defender Olga Karach (Volha Karach), the international campaign #protection4olga has just been launched to demand protection and asylum for the director of the organisation ‘Our House‘. She has been fighting for human rights in Belarus for years, including the right to conscientious objection to military service, and is therefore persecuted and faces capital punishment in her country of origin, where she has been labelled a ‘terrorist’ by the regime.
Report on the situation of Belarusian Conscientious Objectors and draft evaders in Lithuania
(17.08.2023) In early 2023, around 48,804 Belarusians sought refuge in Lithuania due to 2020 protests and war, with about 55,000 residing there by July 2023. Over 1,165 Belarusians were labeled “national security threats” in six months, often based on past army service or attendance at a cadet academy, lacking specific accusations.