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(22.11.2016) 
AWOL US soldier André Shepherd needs asylum - Solidarity eMail, donations
(18.11.2016) 
Connection e.V. and PRO ASYL: Munich Administrative Court rejects suit by U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd - Observers have impression of bias in asylum proceedings
(03.11.2016) 
Pro Asyl, Connection e.V., Bavarian Refugee Council, DFG-VK Bavaria and MAPC: Solidarity with U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd - Invitation to court hearing on asylum case, and meeting with the press afterwards
Connection e.V.: U.S. AWOL Soldier André Shepherd’s Application for Political Asylum - A Chronology
(12.09.2015) 
André Shepherd: "Thank you for this wonderful recognition" - Human Rights Award of Foundation PRO ASYL for U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd
(31.08.2015) 
Connection e.V.: Connection e.V. Salutes Award for André Shepherd - PRO ASYL presents human rights award to U.S. AWOL soldier
(14.03.2015) 
Rudi Friedrich: U.S. AWOL Soldier André Shepherd’s Request for Asylum - The European Court of Justice: Having published its preliminary ruling, what is the next move?
(26.02.2015) 
Connection e.V. and PRO ASYL: Decision of the European Court of Justice in the case of U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd - Connection e.V. and PRO ASYL: Much that is negative and little that is positive in the outcome
(26.02.2015) 
European Court of Justice (ECJ) - Judgment in the Case André Shepherd against Bundesrepublik Deutschland - C-472/13
(11.11.2014) 
Connection e.V. and Pro Asyl: U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd: European Court of Justice Advocate General Reinforces Rights of Refusers
(11.11.2014) 
Advocate General ’s Opinion in Case Shepherd v Bundesrepublik Deutschland - Press Release of Court of Justice of the European Union
(11.11.2014) 
Opinion of Advocate General Sharpston - Case C-472/13, Shepherd v Bundesrepublik Deutschland
(17.06.2014) 
Connection e.V., Pro Asyl und Military Counseling Network e.V.: AWOL U.S. soldier André Shepherd at European Court of Justice - Invitation to Hearing and Press Conference
(18.01.2013) 
Pro Asyl, Connection e.V., Bavarian Refugee Council, DFG-VK Bavaria, MAPC und MCN: Asylum application by AWOL U.S. GI André Shepherd to be submitted to European Court of Justice - Hearing at Munich Administrative Court is cancelled
(15.01.2013) 
Pro Asyl, Connection e.V., Bavarian Refugee Council, DFG-VK Bavaria, MAPC und MCN: Solidarity with U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd - Invitation to press conference, support action and court hearing
(03.04.2012) 
André Shepherd: "The peoples of the world who have borne the brunt of the unlawful attacks must have the chance at peace" - Easter Letter to all my Friends and Supporters
(13.11.2011) 
Minimum Standards for the Qualification of Refugees - Directive of European Union
(07.04.2011) 
Connection e.V., Pro Asyl and Military Counseling Network: 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) 
Reaction To Asylum Decision - André Shepherd states his position
(09.12.2010) 
André Shepherd: A Demand for Justice - Message of greeting to protest action in front of Canadian consulate in Düsseldorf
(20.09.2010) 
Connection e.V. and Military Counseling Network: U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd receives award from German newspaper - No decision yet in German asylum process
(18.09.2010) 
Gallery: Ceremony - André Shepherd receives award from German newspaper
(09.08.2010) 
Connection e.V. and Military Counseling Network: AWOL US soldier André Shepherd nominated for Panter Award - Take part in the voting at the German newspaper Taz
(10.04.2010) 
Asylum Update - Letter by US AWOL soldier André Shepherd
(30.03.2010) 
Courage to Resist: Berkeley (US): City council recommends amnesty for war resisters
(26.11.2009) 
André Shepherd: Letter to Supporters - "I understand that this is a potential political time-bomb"
(01.09.2009) 
US AWOL soldier André Shepherd Needs Asylum! - A Declaration on Anti-War Day, 2009 - Signed by more than 100 groups and organisations
(01.09.2009) 
US AWOL soldier André Shepherd Needs Asylum! - Declaration on Anti-War Day, 2009, as pdf-file
(30.05.2009) 
U.S. Soldier Seeking Asylum in Germany: `I Want to Be Able to Atone` - Elsa Rassbach interviews André Shepherd
(19.05.2009) 
André Shepherd: Letter to Supporters - "The numerous efforts have given me the strength to continue on this difficult path"
(15.05.2009) 
Connection e.V. and Military Counseling Network: AWOL U.S. soldier André Shepherd on the International Day of Conscientious Objection - "We will not rest until the war criminals are brought to justice"
(16.03.2009) 
Iraq Veterans Against the War convenes Winter Soldier Europe before NATO summit - Testimony are available online
(07.02.2009) 
André Shepherd: Prize "Peace through Conviction" for U.S. AWOL soldier - Prizewinner said thanks
(04.02.2009) 
Connection e.V. and Military Counseling Network: U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd receives peace prize - No decision yet in German asylum process
(09.12.2008) 
US Soldier Seeks Political Asylum In Germany - SPC. Andre Shepherd - Link to video of the press-conference
(01.12.2008) 
Alemania: soldados de los EEUU solicitan asilo
(27.11.2008) 
André Shepherd: AWOL American soldier applies for German asylum - Statement of André Shepherd at press-conference in Frankfurt/M. (Germany)
(27.11.2008) 
André Shepherd: "I am petitioning for political asylum in Germany" - Statement of US-AWOL André Shepherd to asylum claim in Germany
(27.11.2008) 
Military Counseling Network: Iraq war veteran seeks asylum in Germany - Report of Military Counseling Network
(27.11.2008) 
Gallery: Press Conference in Frankfurt
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AWOL U.S. soldier at the European Court of Justice

Asylum application of André Shepherd will be heard in Luxemburg

by Connection e.V., PRO ASYL and Military Counseling Network e.V.

Several days ago the Munich Administrative Court issued a formal decision to request that the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg clarify several fundamental questions pertaining to the asylum request case of the American deserter André Shepherd. The Court of Justice is asked to examine “the degree to which an involvement in military hostilities is necessary, in order to offer the right of refugee status to a military deserter, who will be punished for his desertion”. The case before the Munich Administrative Court has been postponed until the European Court of Justice issues a decision on these matters.

André Shepherd’s lawyer Reinhard Marx observed: “Here for the first time the case of an AWOL soldier from the United States will be tried at the highest European court. This shows the tremendous significance of my client’s case.”

Rudi Friedrich from Connection, an international network for conscientious objectors, commented that “André Shepherd’s refusal to continue participating in war crimes in the Iraq War and request for asylum in Germany raises the question whether a deserter or AWOL soldier deserves our protection. International law and the Qualification Directive of the European Union that Shepherd is appealing to affirm his right unequivocally.”

The legal expert from PRO ASYL, Marei Pelzer, affirmed: ”We are supporting this case until the fundamental legal issue has been clarified. We hope that clarification by the European Court in this precedent case will make it clear that draft resisters and deserters are to be given considerably more protection, especially if they have chosen not to participate in war crimes.”

In his application for political asylum filed in late 2008, André Shepherd relied on the Qualification Directive of the European Union, which is intended to protect those who evade a war or other activities that violate international law, and who may expect persecution as a consequence. Thus Shepherd’s request for asylum constitutes a precedent involving EU law.

36-year-old André Shepherd joined the U.S. Army in 2004, and after training was deployed to Iraq as a mechanic for Apache helicopters for six months. After returning to his unit stationed in Katterbach, Bavaria, he seriously deliberated the effects of U.S. military action on the civilian population in Iraq. Finally, he went AWOL and applied for political asylum in Germany. The Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (Federal Bureau of Migration and Refugees) rejected his asylum application on 31 March 2011. André Shepherd filed suit against this decision.

“It is good to see that there is progress in the case”, declared André Shepherd today. “We hope that the European Court not only has the will, but the courage to take a stand for the right to freedom of conscience. Other soldiers should feel assured that their decision not to participate in wars or crimes in violation of international law will be supported.”

 

Rudi Friedrich, Connection e.V. (+49-69-82375534)

Marei Pelzer, PRO ASYL (+49-69-24231430)

Chris Capps-Schubert, Military Counseling Network e.V. (+49-151-56728474)


Connection e.V., PRO ASYL and Military Counseling Network e.V., September 10, 2013



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