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André Shepherd

Reaction To Asylum Decision

André Shepherd states his position

(07.04.2011) Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for coming today. As you all have heard by now, the quest for asylum protection in the Federal Republic of Germany has taken a new twist. Although I am very disappointed to receive a negative decision from the Federal Office, I must admit that the response was not unexpected given the political climate that we live in.

André Shepherd

U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd receives award from German newspaper

No decision yet in German asylum process

(20.09.2010) Connection e.V. and Military Counseling Network welcome the announcement that the taz newspaper awarded its Panther Prize to U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd on Saturday, September 18th. „This is a clear sign that the German public stands in solidarity with Shepherd“, Rudi Friedrich of Connection e.V. stated today. “We are now urging the German migration authorities to finally grant André Shepherd the necessary asylum protection."

Bernd Pickert and André Shepherd

U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd receives award from German newspaper


(18.09.2010) „In choosing André Shepherd, the taz Readers Award 2010 honours an Iraq war veteran whose fate made him a symbolic figure," editor Bernd Pickert said at the award ceremony, as quoted in the taz today. "André Shepherd did what soldiers are prohibited from doing: he made a decision. Alone. He took responsibility for his own decisions and said: I am not doing this anymore." Pickert praised Shepherd’s courage to defy accepted opinion and risk great personal hardship for his convictions.

André Shepherd

AWOL US soldier André Shepherd nominated for Panter Award

Take part in the voting at the German newspaper Taz

(09.08.2010) The former US soldier André Shepherd, who went AWOL and is currently applying for asylum in Germany, was recently nominated for the Taz Panter Foundation´s 2010 Panter Award. As the Taz writes on its homepage “Real heroes have become very rare”. “Every year the Taz Panter Foundation awards the prize to everyday heroes who have acted selflessly, bravely, and creatively for the good of others.”

The newspaper adds that every year two of the six nominated candidates will be chosen: “The first prize winner is chosen by a jury of Taz writers and public figures, the second one by the newspaper’s readers.”

Voting at