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Invitation to Conference "Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis"
SAVE THE DATE: Brussels, October 19th, 2017

Dear Sir/Madam, We are pleased to invite you to the conference ‘Eritrea and the Ongoing Refugee Crisis’ which will be held October 19th, 2017 in Brussels. The conference will highlight the worsening Eritrean refugee crisis and the need for protection of Eritrean asylum seekers in host EU countries. It builds on the major findings and recommendations of the UN commission of inquiry (COI) on human rights in Eritrea.

Turkey: International observers monitored MD Serdar Küni’s Trial

Early this week, War Resisters' International joined a group of international organisations to observe the hearing of Serdar Küni, a doctor and veteran human rights defender in Şırnak, Turkey. Dr. Küni has been kept in custody since October 2016, accused of being a member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) under Article 314/2 of Turkish Penal Code. His first trial, attended by 70 observers, including six observers from Germany, UK, Sweden, Norway and US. took place on 13th March, Monday.

Munich Administrative Court rejects suit by U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd
Observers have impression of bias in asylum proceedings

The suit brought against the negative ruling in U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd's application for political asylum was rejected in the decision by the Administrative Court published yesterday. Two days ago the Administrative Court had reviewed the case in a five-hour hearing, taking into account a fundamental decision by the European Court of Justice.

Turkey: Trial against human rights activists and journalists postponed
High number of international observers

The trial against the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV), Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the journalist Erol Önderoğlu, and the writer Ahmet Nesin began on 8 November. The prosecutor accused the three of producing propaganda for a terrorist organization because of their participation in a freedom of expression campaign for the pro-Kurd newspaper Özgür Gündem.

Solidarity with U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd
Invitation to court hearing on asylum case, and meeting with the press afterwards

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

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