U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd: European Court of Justice Advocate General Reinforces Rights of Refusers
(11.11.2014) In the legal case of U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd (37) the European Court of Justice Advocate General, Eleanor Sharpton, today published her final opinion. This official statement contains guiding deliberations for the interpretation of the so-called Qualification Directive of the European Union. Amongst other considerations, these rules state that those endangered by prosecution or punishment for refusal to perform military service involving an illegal war or commital of war crimes, should be protected by the European Union.
Mediterranean Conference on Conscientious Objection in Cyprus
(10.02.2014) The first ever Mediterranean Conference on Conscientious Objection took place in Cyprus from 31 January to 3 February 2014. Over 30 activists from Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Turkey were able to particpate. The group was complemented with other guests from Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Rudi Friedrich reports.
U.S. AWOL soldier Shepherd appeals against the rejection of his application for political asylum
Severe criticism of the decision of the Federal Bureau from peace and refugee-aid organizations
(07.04.2011) The U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd today instructed his attorney to institute legal proceedings against the negative ruling on his application for asylum by the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge [Federal Bureau of Migration and Refugees] that was served two days ago. At a press conference held by Connection e.V., PRO ASYL, and the Military Counseling Network in Frankfurt am Main, he commented at length.
Turkey: Conscientious Objector Inan Süver Threatened with more Imprisonment
Please send letter of protest
(21.02.2011) Kurdish-Turkish conscientious objector Inan Süver has been in prison since August 5, 2010. He has protested the inhumane conditions of his detention by means of several hunger strikes. Now on March 7, 2011, he is facing a fourth trial for desertion. For this reason, Connection e.V. is initiating a a fax campaign. Join us expressing our protest to the General Staff of the Turkish military.