Connexion utilisateur

Interface language

Image linked to WW1 page Image linked to Countering the Militarisation of Youth website (external link) Image linked to Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns book page
Diaspora link
Facebook link link
Twitter link
 

Conscientious objection in Bulgaria - a survey

At a seminar in Plovdiv in Bulgaria, organised by Youth Society for Peace and Development on the Balkans (YSPDB) on behalf of EBCO, YSPDB presented a survey on the situation regarding conscientious objection in Bulgaria. The survey had been done in 2004, and the total sample was 1265 interviewees. Here we present some of the results:

1. Do you know about the possibility to substitute military service with an alternative service, according to Bulgarian legislation and European standards?

Answer % of respondents
No 44.7
Yes 36.2
Subtotal 80.9
No response 19.1
Total 100.0

2. Would you substitute your military service with an alternative service?

Answer % of respondents
No 31.1
Yes 30.4
Subtotal 61.4
No response 38.6
Total 100.0

Why would you not substitute your military service?

Answer % of respondents
Military service is the civil duty of every Bulgarian citizen 44.2
I will acquire special kills and knowledge during military service 20.5
I will grow up and become a man 18.8
My family and friends are against it 5.9
Other 16.5

How long should the alternative service be?

Answer % of respondents
As long as military service 21.6
Twice as long as military service 17.6
Other 15.4
Subtotal 54.6
No response 45.4
Total 100.0

The survey clearly showed a lack of knowledge about the situation regarding the right to conscientious objection in Bulgaria. This is emphasized also by the low number of objectors: According to official data, only 66 applications for conscientious objection had been made in 2003/2004, of which 60 had been accepted. 23 conscientious objectors were serving their alternative service at 11 service places.

Source: Conscientious objection as a tool for a European Consciousness. Youth Society for Peace and Development on the Balkans. Presentation at the seminar of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 17-19 June 2005.

See also: Refusing to bear arms country report on Bulgaria at http://wri-irg.org/co/rtba/bulgaria.htm.