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André Shepherd

Solidarity with U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd

Invitation to court hearing on asylum case, and meeting with the press afterwards

(03.11.2016) On 16 November 2016, the Munich Administrative Court will be hearing the case of the request for asylum submitted in November 2008 by the 39-year-old AWOL U.S. soldier André Shepherd.

Pro Asyl, the conscientious objectors' network Connection e.V., the Bavarian Refugee Council, the German Peace Association (DFG-VK), Bavarian section, and the Munich American Peace Committee (MAPC) invite you to come to Munich for this.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 in Munich

12:45: André Shepherd and his supporters will be available in front of the courthouse

1:30 p.m.: Hearing in the Administrative Court, Bayerstr. 30, Room 7

Afterwards: Meeting with the press at Hotel Jedermann, Bayerstr. 95

In Cizre

Turkey: Stop the cycle of violence!

International delegation went to Diyarbakır and Cizre

(04.05.2016) “Europe has failed us”, is the bitter statement often heard in South East Turkey currently. “We thought that Europe stood for human rights and peace, but unlike when there was war in Turkey in the 1990s, nowadays nobody cares what is happening to us”. An international delegation has visited South East Turkey. The group – organised by international pacifist network War Resisters' International - concluded that the violent conflict between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK has caused enormous suffering and traumatisation among the civilian population of the Kurdish regions of Turkey. According to reports, since August 2015 at least 338 civilians and an unknown number of combatants have died, and more than 400,000 civilians had to flee their homes. According to the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, about 100,000 of these people have no houses to go back to since their residences were totally destroyed.

Ruslan Kotsaba

Ukraine: Ruslan Kotsaba affirms refusal to take up arms

Observers report from the day in court in Ivano-Frankivsk

(05.02.2016) The case brought against the Ukrainian journalist and conscientious objector Ruslan Kotsaba continued today in Ivano-Frankivsk. It was the first day on which the hearing was observed by a delegation of antimilitarist organisations from Germany. Mr Kotsaba, aged 49, has been held in detention ever since he was arrested almost a year ago on charges of treason and obstructing the military. If sentenced, he faces 15 years in jail.

World Without War

South Korea: More than 8,000 signatures presented for the human right of conscientious objection

(01.12.2015) In a joint action War Resisters’ International, Connection e.V. (Germany), Amnesty International Korea and World Without War (South Korea) today presented more than 8,000 signatures from 108 countries, including members of parliaments from Germany, European Union and South Korea, to the ministry of defense in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The organizations demand the recognition of conscientious objection and the immediate and unconditional release of conscientious objectors in prison.