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International Support of Conscientious Objectors and Deserters

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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
No to Compulsory Military Service Movement:
Egypt must recognize Mark Nabil Sanad’s right to Conscientious Objection
Courage to Resist:
US: Objector Sara Beining sentenced, but released from jail - Discharge soon
Jehovah’s Witnesses:
Turkmenistan Amnestied Imprisoned Jehovah’s Witnesses
Connection e.V. and Pro Asyl:
U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd: European Court of Justice Advocate General Reinforces Rights of Refusers
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Connection e.V. - About Us
International Support of Conscientious Objectors and Deserters

Conscientious objectors, men as well as women, need help on an international scale. Connection e.V. is committed to support war resisters.

Art meets Conscientious Objection, 15-17 May
In celebration of International Conscientious Objectors Day

Connection e.V. and the artistic community Künstlergemeinschaft Neuwagenmühle e.V. invite you to celebrate International Conscientious Objectors Day with them over an unusual weekend (three-day camp) not far from Limburg.

From 15 to 17 May, artists will engage in an intercultural dialogue together with conscientious objectors and deserters from Eritrea, Turkey, the United States, South Korea and Angola, gaining creative inspiration from backgrounds, motives and ideas related to objection and desertion and expressing their ideas in artistic form.

International Statement
Solidarity with the Egyptian Conscientious Objector Mark Nabil Sanad

We, peace and human rights organizations, declare our support and solidarity with No to Compulsory Military Service Movement and with the Egyptian conscientious objector, Mark Nabil Sanad. We condemn the silence of Egypt’s authorities over conscientious objectors’ suffering. We call on the Egyptian authorities to restore his civil rights and to recognize his right to an exemption from the military service based on his conscientious beliefs.

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?

On February 26, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), having been asked by the Munich Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht) to submit a decision on U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd’s request for asylum, published its preliminary ruling. As many media observers now believe that Mr Shepherd’s prospects of being granted asylum status are very remote, Rudi Friedrich from Connection e.V. has now summarized his initial thoughts on whether pessimism is indeed justified and what ramifications the court's preliminary ruling will have.

Call to Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb
End Finnish Conscription and Imprisonment of Conscientious Objectors

Finland is one of the last remaining countries in Europe that still has conscription. Finnish society and national culture are very militaristic and conscription is upheld primarily because of militaristic values and traditions. Even the armed forces admit they don't need all the conscripts and the size of reserve forces was cut by about 1/3, from 350 000 to 230.000 active reserve troops.

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