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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
Ynetnews and New Profile:
50 Young Israelis Send a Letter to Netanyahu:
- “We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army”
Gallery: International Action Day for Cypriot CO Murat Kanatlı
EBCO shocked at imprisonment of its Board Member Murat Kanatlı
- Demand for his immediate and unconditional release
Rudi Friedrich:
Mediterranean Conference on Conscientious Objection in Cyprus
- Report
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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.
USA: Army refuser Sara Beining arrested and jailed after going AWOL again
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A single mother and Iraq war veteran is in jail in Colorado Springs. Sara Beining went AWOL a second time last summer after a nearly year-long delay in resolving the original charge that resulted when she left her unit at Ft. Hood in January, 2007.

Ukraine: Refusers en masse

Ukrainian recruits en masse refuse to go to war in the Donbass. Deputy military commissioner of Odessa said that in the Odessa region more than a third of recruits evaded military service. At the same time, he said, "Odessa region was the best to fulfill the tasks of mobilization in the country", in other regions the situation with the conscription is even worse.

Ukraine: “We call to resist the warfare nonviolently”
War Resisters’ International (WRI) statement

War has returned to European soil, and it seems that Europeans are not capable, or not willing, to apply the lessons they try to teach in other parts of the planet. The European Union, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, put Ukraine in an impossible position when it asked it to choose between a political pact with the EU or a close economic relationship with Russia. Ordinary people in Ukraine have some of the lowest wages in the continent, and face one of the highest levels of political and economic corruption, creating hopelessness among many of them - hence the offer from the EU seemed to many like a golden opportunity to take a first step out of the mire.

Shame to the Greek EU Presidency
At least 3 arrests and 3 convictions of Greek conscientious objectors during the Presidency

“EBCO expresses its deep disappointment at the Greek European Union Presidency as far as it concerns the grave violations of the human rights of conscientious objectors in Greece. It’s a shame that during the first semester of 2014, the Greek authorities continued persecuting and convicting conscientious objectors, rejecting several applications for civilian service submitted by conscientious objectors on ideological grounds, and even harassing and detaining peaceful activists”, Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO’s President stated today.

Support AWOL US soldier André Shepherd who asked for asylum in Germany
Solidarity eMail, donations

In late 2008, Army Specialist André Shepherd filed an application for political asylum in Germany. June 25, 2014, the European Court of Justice heard his case. It is expected that the court will decide about it beginning of 2015.

37-year-old André Shepherd was deployed to Iraq for six months as an Apache helicopter mechanic. After returning on leave to his unit stationed in Katterbach, Bavaria, he seriously deliberated the effects of U.S. military action on the civilian population in Iraq. After some time, he decided to go AWOL, and then seek refuge in Germany. He based his application for political asylum on the European Union Qualification Directive, which is intended to protect those who refuse to participate in a war or other activities that violate international law, and who may expect persecution as a consequence.

André's lawyer, Reinhard Marx, observed that in this important case, an AWOL soldier from the United States will, for the first time, be tried at the highest European court: “This shows the tremendous significance of this case.”

To obtain a decision on a key question by a court requires from the defense not only a lot of perserverence, but also solidarity and financial reserves: for effective publicity, for the court proceedings and for attorneys' fees. Therefore we would like to ask you for financial and moral help for André Shepherd.

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