DEMANDS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF GREEK CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS

1) DEMANDS REGARDING THE OLD CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS AND INSUBORDINATE

1.1) To grant amnesty to the old COs (before the law 2510/1997 came into force, on 1/1/1998) and to suspend of all the administrative sanctions against them.

1.2) To stop the practice of the authorities to prosecute the COs continuously and repeatedly for the same in essence offence.

1.3) To stop judging civilian cases and cases of those who refuse the military status in military courts.

1.4) To depenalize the total refusal to serve military service. At first, to suspend the penal prosecutions and those of the administrative sanctions which break the fundamental political and civil rights.

1.5) To decrease the age limit for military duty (45 years today) at least one decade.

1.6) To abolish the “in absentia” conviction for matters of insubordination in general.

1.7) To provide for buying off the service as provided for those enlisted and in proportion to the tax statement of the concerned person and depositing this money to a service different from the army.

2) DEMANDS REGARDING THE INSTITUTION OF THE ALTERNATE CIVILIAN SOCIAL SERVICE

2.1) GENERALLY:

2.1.1) The institution to be under a non-military supervisory authority.

2.1.2) The right to serve alternative service to be mentioned explicitly and analytically in the information documents about conscription.

2.2) DEMANDS REGARDING THE RECOGNITION OF THE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS

2.2.1) The special advisory committee, also known as conscience control committee, to be abolished. All the applications for alternative service to be automatically accepted.

2.2.2) The right to conscientious objector status to be recognized at any time, before and after the enlistment in the armed forces.

2.2.3) The right to conscience objection to be recognized even during war or emergency situation.

2.2.4) All the “irrebuttable presumptions” to be abolished as well as the provision which denies the right to conscientious objection to individuals who are prosecuted for illegal violence - but not sentenced, because like this the presumption of innocence is violated. The unacceptable provision which denies the right to the conscientious objection to hunters and members of the rifle clubs to be abolished too.

2.2.5) The process of applying to be simplified. If some of the “irrebuttable presumptions” remain, certificates and documents not to be required since a personal legal statement is asked anyway.

2.2.6) The derogations to be abolished and replaced by a system of sanctions.

2.3) DEMANDS REGARDING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ALTERNATIVE CIVILIAN SERVICE

2.3.1) The duration of the alternative service to be equal with the duration of the military service so that it is not punitive and discriminatory.

2.3.2) The financial needs of the conscientious objectors to be really covered. Free food, accommodation and transportation or compensation equal to the basic salary of the unskilled worker.

2.3.3) Transfers:
a) The time away from the residence to be in proportion to this of the enlisted soldiers and then to be able to return. b) The unacceptable geographic restrictions which deny more than half of the population of the country, included residents of degraded urban areas, the services conscientious objectors could offer, to be abolished.

2.3.4) The prohibition of syndicalism and participation in a strike to be abolished.

2.3.5) The alternative service to be performed in non-governmental organizations and the conscientious objectors to be able to participate in humanitarian missions abroad.