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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.
AWOL US soldier André Shepherd needs asylum
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In late 2008, Army Specialist André Shepherd filed an application for political asylum in Germany.
The European Court of justice published a preliminary ruling in February 2015. In November the Munich Administrative Court rejected U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd's application for political asylum. "The conduct of the proceedings was marked by prejudice," said Rudi Friedrich of Connection e.V. "As an observer, one could not avoid the impression that the decision was fixed in advance, and the panel of judges wanted to regard the decision and André Shepherd's application for asylum entirely separately from the reality of the war in Iraq." (...more)
André Shepherd is going to appeal against this decision.
39-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.