International Support of Conscientious Objectors and Deserters
Israel: Conscientious objector Mattan Helman imprisoned for the third time
(16.01.2018) Conscientious objector Mattan Helman in Israel has been imprisoned for a third time for his refusal to be conscripted. Mattan, 20, from Kibbutz Haogen, is in Military Prison 6, in jail this time for 20 days. To support Mattan with your protest emails, click here.
UN Special Rapporteur emphasises the gravity of human rights violations in Eritrea
A packed international conference took place in Brussels
(23.10.2017) There are “reasonable grounds to believe crimes against humanity are taking place”, stated Sheila Keetharuth, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, at a major high-ranking international staffed conference held in Brussels this week. The dire human rights situation in the Horn of Africa nation— including arbitrary detention and extrajudicial executions—has “not improved in essentials”, she emphasised, despite consistent attention in recent years from the UN and human rights agencies.
In late 2008, Army Specialist André Shepherd filed an application for political asylum in Germany.
The European Court of justice published a preliminary ruling in February 2015. In November the Munich Administrative Court rejected U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd's application for political asylum. "The conduct of the proceedings was marked by prejudice," said Rudi Friedrich of Connection e.V. "As an observer, one could not avoid the impression that the decision was fixed in advance, and the panel of judges wanted to regard the decision and André Shepherd's application for asylum entirely separately from the reality of the war in Iraq." (...more)
André Shepherd is going to appeal against this decision.
39-year-old André Shepherd was deployed to Iraq for six months as an Apache helicopter mechanic. After returning on leave to his unit stationed in Katterbach, Bavaria, he seriously deliberated the effects of U.S. military action on the civilian population in Iraq. After some time, he decided to go AWOL, and then seek refuge in Germany. He based his application for political asylum on the European Union Qualification Directive, which is intended to protect those who refuse to participate in a war or other activities that violate international law, and who may expect persecution as a consequence.