CO and Asylum 

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An Overview

In this section you will find all articles with the following keywords: »Asylum«, »CO and Asylum«, and »International Resolutions«.

Daniel Rezene

Daniel Rezene, Eritrea/Switzerland: Recognize conscientious objection as a ground for asylum

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) My message today is a message of support and appreciation to the campaign by Connection e.V. and War Resisters’ International in relation to the International Day of Conscientious Objection which is coming at May 15. I recognize that there are many people around the world fleeing their country of origin because of their objection to coercive military conscription and I emphasize on the need to recognize conscientious objection as a valid ground for asylum protection.

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Two days to go until the International Day of Conscientious Objection

A colourful variety on our YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(13.05.2020) Connection e.V. and War Resisters’ International had called for videos to be sent to May 15, 2020, the International Day of Conscientious Objection. These will be made public on May 15 from 8:00 a.m. on the YouTube channel Refuse to Kill (www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WZGT6i5HO14oLAug2n0Nw). "The contributions from all over the world are varied and colorful," said Igor Seke for War Resisters’ International. Rudi Friedrich from the German based organization Connection e.V. added: “This year, with the International Day of Conscientious Objection, we particularly draw attention to those who have to leave their countries of origin due to forced recruitment and who are looking for protection in other countries."

Rudi Friedrich

Rudi Friedrich, Germany: Do you know the International Day of Conscientious Objection?

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.03.2020) The International Day of Conscientious Objection has been celebrated annually on May 15 for almost 40 years. This day refers to all men and women who do not want to participate in war crimes. Rudi Friedrich gives some examples of activities in Germany in recent years.

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BAMF decision rates to Eritrea without family asylum

Eritrea’s arbitrary regime downplayed

Refugee protection denied

(10.03.2020) In July 2018 a peace treaty between Ethiopia and Eritrea was concluded, formally ending the border war between the two countries (1998-2000). This was followed in November 2018 by the lifting of UN sanctions against Eritrea. Since then, there have been repeated voices stating that the Eritrean regime has no more excuses to continue the repressive militarization of the population. Furthermore, the peace brought the hope that the human rights situation in the country would improve. However, as can be seen from the reports of Amnesty International, the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Special Representative on the human rights situation in Eritrea and most recently Human Rights Watch, this is not the case.