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Heinz Bartjes

Heinz Bartjes, Germany: Conscientious objectors were seen as wimps and sissies.

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill (German with English description)

(15.05.2020) My name is Heinz Bartjes. I applied for becoming a conscientious objector in 1975 as one of the few in my school class. In the 1970s during the Cold war the German military, the Bundeswehr, was still considered as “school of the nation” where a boy was supposed to be turned into a man.

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Armin Lauven

Armin Lauven, Pax Christi, Germany: Active for conscientious objectors and deserters worldwide

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) Armin Lauven, Pax Christi, Germany: Active for conscientious objectors and deserters worldwide In 1974, at the age of 18, I was recognized as a conscientious objector.

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May 15, 2020: On the square Hauptwache in Frankfurt

Frankfurt: Performance Conscientious Objectors and Deserers Need Asylum!

(15.05.2020) Today activists of Pro Asyl, Connection e.V. an German Peace Society (DFG-VK) showed up in Frankfurt on the square Hauptwache. Because of the Corona pandemie the number of participants was restricted to 25. In a performance 49 boxes were built up to show a picture with the main slogan: Conscientious Objectors and Deserters Need Asylum!

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.