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.
International Day of Action for UK Refusenik Joe Glenton
(05.03.2010) Anti-war groups in Russia, United States, Germany, Turkey, Britain, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Polen are calling with broadcastings, pickets and rallies for all charges against Joe Glenton to be dropped. Joe Glenton should be released from military service immediately. On March 5, Joe Glenton faces court martial and possibly two years in jail for going AWOL (absent without leave).
On March 5, 2010, British Afghanistan war refusenik Joe Glenton was sentenced to nine months in jail for having gone AWOL.
(19.11.2009) With a rally in front of the Ethiopian consulate about 50 demonstrators protested in Frankfurt today. Members of the Ethiopian War Resisters’ Initiative (EWRI) had invited to this rally considering the beginning campaign for the election in May 2010.
(28.02.2009) Four male teenagers were caught and killed by Eritrean soldiers after their attempt to cross the border to Ethiopia illegally beginning of 2009. This was reported on February 11. Due to this incident Eritrean civil organisations and opposition groups called for a funeral march which was held February 28, 2009, in Frankfurt/M. About 400 people attended the rally.