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US AWOL soldier André Shepherd Needs Asylum!

A Declaration on Anti-War Day, 2009 - Signed by more than 100 groups and organisations

André Shepherd went AWOL and applied for asylum in Germany in November of 2008. With this act André set himself against the current of war and occupation policies of the United States, policies that have led to suffering, destruction and death in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries across the globe. André Shepherd, an Apache attack helicopter mechanic in Iraq, chose to walk away from further military service: “I knew that continued participation would mean that I would be responsible for the violation of human rights. For that reason the path ahead of me was clear: I had to leave the military.” While André served only in Iraq, he makes it clear that “the atrocities in Afghanistan should not be downplayed. If President Obama really wants to make a change, he needs to bring an end to the War on Terror in its’ entirety.”

In his application for asylum, André Shepherd appeals to the Qualifications Directive of the European Union, which has had legal power since October of 2006. Under this ruling, protection is guaranteed to those who refuse participation in war or actions which violate human rights, and for this refusal face persecution and punishment.

In light of the consequences for his stance, Andrés’ decision is a sign of great courage. For his choice, André faces criminal prosecution and the possibility of multiple years behind bars. Furthermore, deserters of the US military receive a dishonorable discharge, a status that labels the individual not only as a traitor, but can also make the job search virtually impossible.

We emphasize that conscientious objection and desertion are courageous actions taken by the individual in order to resist further participation in war, war crimes, and systematic military violence. Saying no to war is an important step in bringing the war to an end.

On this day of opposition to the making of war, the undersigned groups express their support and solidarity with André Shepherd, who with his decision has taken decisive stance against the war. The organizations ask the Federal Government of Germany to grant André Shepherd asylum, and to protect those who conscientiously object to participating in wars contrary to the law of international human rights.

The signing groups would like to encourage others to take a stand and show support for the campaign of André Shepherd. More information can be found at the addresses at the bottom.

Signed by:

American Voices Abroad Military Project

ARGE Wehrdienstverweigerung Salzburg, Austria

Courage to Resist, USA

Federacija rabotnikov obrazovanija, nauk i techniki, Moskow, Russia

European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO)

Forum voor Vredesaktie, Belgium

Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), USA

Military Counseling Network

Munich American Peace Committee (MAPC)

Mouvement Chrétien pour la Paix (MCP), Belgium

Stop the War Brigade – Vietnam Veterans Against the War Germany AI

Tübingen Progressive Americans

Union Pacifiste de France (UPF)

War Resisters’ International (WRI)

War Resisters Support Campaign, Canada

Women in Black, Belgrade, Serbia

And following German groups and organisation:

Aachener Friedenspreis e.V.

amnesty international, Gruppe 1363 (Emden)

Anares Buchvertrieb

Ansbacher Friedensbündnis

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Frieden Trier

Arbeitskreis Asyl, Offenbach

Arbeitsstelle Frieden und Abrüstung e.V. (asfrab)

Arbeitsstelle kokon für konstruktive Konfliktbearbeitung in der Ev.-luth. Kirche in Bayern

Asylkreis Emden

Augsburger Friedensinitiative (AFI)

Bayerischer Flüchtlingsrat

Bremer Friedensforum

Bündnis gegen Rechts, Emden

Bund für Soziale Verteidigung (BSV)

Bundesvorstand der Evangelischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kriegsdienstverweigerer (EAK)

Bundeswehr wegtreten Köln

Bürengruppe Paderborn

Bürgerprojekt AnStifter Stuttgart e.V.

Bunte Aktion e.V., Burghausen

Christinnen und Christen für den Frieden Dortmund / pax christi

Connection e.V.

Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft – Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (DFG-VK) Bundesverband, Landesverbände Baden-Württemberg, Hessen und Nordrhein-Westfalen, Gruppen Darmstadt, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Kleve, Lüdenscheid, Mainz, Mülheim/Oberhausen/Bottrop, München, Offenbach, Schweinfurt, Stuttgart und Wiesbaden

Deutsche Sektion der International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA)

Deutsches Mennonitisches Friedenskomitee

Die Linke, LV Bayern, Kreisverbände Darmstadt und Würzburg - Main-Spessart – Kitzingen

DKP Märkischer Kreis

Flüchtlingsrat Hamburg e.V.

Flüchtlingsrat Niedersachsen e.V.

Freiburger Friedensforum

Friedens- und Zukunftswerkstatt e.V. Frankfurt

Friedensbüro Hannover

Friedensforum Düsseldorf

Friedensforum Emden

Friedensinitiative Landshut

Friedenspfarramt der Ev. Kirche in Hessen und Nassau

Friedenszentrum e.V. Braunschweig

Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft zur Unterstützung Asylsuchender (GGUA) Münster


Haus International, Landshut

Heidelberger Forum gegen Militarismus und Krieg

Heidelberger Friedensratschlag

Hessischer Flüchtlingsrat

Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI)

Infostelle für Friedensarbeit

Internationale Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges, Ärzte in sozialer Verantwortung e.V., Deutsche Sektion (IPPNW)

Internationale der KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (IdK) e.V.

Internationaler Versöhnungsbund - Deutscher Zweig

Kampagne gegen Wehrpflicht Potsdam

Kölner Netzwerk „kein mensch ist illegal“

Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie

Kulturverein Solidarität e.V., Schweinfurt

Lebenshaus Schwäbische Alb - Gemeinschaft für soziale Gerechtigkeit, Frieden und Ökologie e.V.

Motorradclubs Brigadistas Düsseldorf

Netzwerk Friedenskooperative

Oberhausener Friedensinitiative

Ohne Rüstung Leben (ORL)

Ökumenisches Netzwerk Initiative Kirche von unten (IKvu)

Ökumenisches Netz Rhein Mosel Saar e.V.

Pax an - Arbeitskreis Frieden Köln

pax christi, deutsche Sektion sowie die Gruppen Rottenburg-Stuttgart und Offenbach

Pro Asyl

Redaktion LabourNet

Republikanischer Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein e.V. (RAV)

Rostocker Friedensbündnis

SAGA-Bündnis gegen Abschiebung, Freiburg

TKDV-Initiativen Dresden und Frankfurt am Main

Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes - Bund der AntifaschistInnen (VVN-BdA) Landesverband Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kreisverband Düsseldorf und Gruppe Heidelberg

Werkstatt für Gewaltfreie Aktion, Baden

Wetzlarer Friedenstreff

Zentralstelle für Recht und Schutz der Kriegsdienstverweigerer aus Gewissensgründen

Zentrum für Freiwilligen-, Friedens- und Zivildienst der Evangelischen Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck

Declaration published September 1, 2009. More information at or, ph.: +49-69-82375534 or 49-6223-47506

Keywords:    ⇒ Andre Shepherd   ⇒ Asylum   ⇒ CO and Asylum   ⇒ Conscientious Objection   ⇒ Desertion   ⇒ Germany   ⇒ Peace Movement   ⇒ Prosecution   ⇒ USA

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