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U.S. AWOL Soldier André Shepherd’s Application for Political Asylum
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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
(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
(10.09.2013) 
Connection e.V., PRO ASYL and Military Counseling Network e.V.: AWOL U.S. soldier at the European Court of Justice - Asylum application of André Shepherd will be heard in Luxemburg
(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
Military Counseling Network - Link for Website and Contact
Tübingen Progressive Americans - Link for Website and Contact
Iraq Veterans Against the War Europe - link to website

U.S. AWOL Soldier André Shepherd’s Application for Political Asylum

A Chronology

by Connection e.V.

2004: André Shepherd joined the U.S. Army, and, after training, was deployed to Iraq for six months as an Apache-Helicopter mechanic.  

2005: 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 I knew that if I went back, I would be responsible for the deaths and misery of others.“

2007: In April, after André Shepherd was informed that he would be ordered to return to action in Iraq, he left his unit and went underground in Germany.

2008: November 26, he applied for political asylum in Germany. In his application, André Shepherd appealed to the Qualifications Directive of the European Union. This rule guarantees dissenting soldiers protection for refusal of participation in illegal wars or actions which violate human rights, and for this reason could face persecution and punishment

2011: March 31, the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge [Federal Bureau of Migration and Refugees] rejected the application, despite wide public support for Shepherd. His lawyer appealed against the decision.

2013: The Munich Administrative Court canceled a scheduled hearing and submitted a request for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, with the purpose of examining „the degree to which an involvement in military hostilities is necessary, in order to offer the right of refugee status to a military deserter,in danger of being punished for his desertion.“

2014: The European Court of Justice scheduled a public hearing for June 25. “It is good to see that there is progress in the case”, so André Shepherd. “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 to refuse participation in wars or crimes in violation of international law will be supported.”

2015: February 26, The European Court of justice published its preliminary ruling.

2016: In November the Administrative Court in Munich will be hearing the case on the basis of the preliminary ruling to decide on Shepherd's asylum application.


Connection e.V.: U.S. AWOL Soldier André Shepherd's Application for Political Asylum - A Chronology. June 5,2014



Keywords:    ⇒ Andre Shepherd   ⇒ Asylum   ⇒ AWOL   ⇒ CO and Asylum   ⇒ Conscientious Objection   ⇒ Europe   ⇒ Prosecution   ⇒ USA

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