André Shepherd

AWOL US soldier before the European Court of Justice

André Shepherd's political asylum case to be heard in Luxemburg soon

September 16, 2013. Connection-eV (Germany)

"It is good to see that there is progress in the case", declared André Shepherd today. "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 not to participate in wars or crimes in violation of international law will be supported."

Several days ago the Munich Administrative Court issued a formal decision to request that the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg clarify several fundamental questions pertaining to the asylum request case of the American GI war resister André Shepherd. The Court of Justice is asked to examine "the degree to which an involvement in military hostilities is necessary, in order to offer the right of refugee status to a military deserter, who will be punished for his desertion”. The case before the Munich Administrative Court has been postponed until the European Court of Justice issues a decision on these matters.

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Easter letter to friends from Andre Shepherd

By André Shepherd, US GI objector in Germany. April 4, 2012

It has been almost a year since the German Federal Immigration Office denied my asylum. During this time the American Government continues to force soldiers such as myself to continue invading other lands under the guise of Democracy. It pains me to see that this once great country has decided to use its great power to subjugate the peoples of the world, rather than uplifting them to new heights. Even though the Iraq war has seemingly ended, there is still no end in sight for this ill-fated “War on Terror.”

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Soldier appeals for political asylum in Germany

shepherdBy Connection eV, Pro-Asyl and Military Counseling Network. April 5, 2011

The U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd today instructed his attorney to institute legal proceedings against the negative ruling on his application for asylum by the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge [Federal Bureau of Migration and Refugees] that was served to days ago. At a press conference held by Connection e.V.PRO ASYL, and the Military Counseling Network in Frankfurt am Main, he commented at length.

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AWOL soldier André Shepherd receives German media award

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Connection e.V. and MCN. Septermber 20, 2010

"André Shepherd has done what is prohibited to soldiers: he made a decision. Alone. He took his life into his own hands and said: I am not doing this anymore." - Editor Bernd Pickert

Connection e.V. and Military Counseling Network are welcoming the conferment of Tageszeitung (taz) Panther Award to U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd last Saturday. "This is a clear sign how much approval is given to his decision“, Rudi Friedrich of Connection e.V. stated today. “We are now urging the German migration authorities to finally grant André Shepherd the necessary asylum protection."

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André Shepherd, Iraq vet, applies for asylum in Germany

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By Sarah Lazare, Courage to Resist for AlterNet.org. January 8, 2009

U.S. Army Specialist André Shepherd, who went AWOL after serving in Iraq, has applied for asylum in Germany. Shepherd refused military service because he is morally opposed to the Iraq War.

"It is a sickening feeling to realize that I took part in what was basically a daily slaughter of a proud people," said Shepherd at a press conference announcing his application for asylum. "I am remorseful for my contribution to these heinous acts, and I swear that I will never make these mistakes again."

Audio interview by Courage to Resist. 23:30 min. December 8, 2008

Sign the appeal to the German government and donate
to André's defense via Connection e.V. (Germany)

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Iraq war vet André Shepherd seeks asylum in Germany

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By Military Counseling Network, Connection e.V., and Courage to Resist. December 3, 2008

FRANKFURT, Germany - U.S. Army Specialist André Shepherd applied for asylum in Germany Nov. 26, becoming the first Iraq War veteran to pursue refugee status in Europe.

After attending college and failing to find meaningful employment, Shepherd enlisted in the military early in 2004. The promises of financial security and international adventure easily trumped working at a fast food chain. He became an Apache airframe mechanic, hoping to someday qualify up to the role of helicopter pilot.

Audio interview by Courage to Resist. 23:30 min. December 8, 2008

Sign the appeal to the German government and donate
to André's defense via Connection e.V. (Germany)

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AWOL Army resister applies for asylum in Germany

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By Military Counseling Network, Connection e.V., and Courage to Resist. November 27, 2008

FRANKFURT, GERMANY – An AWOL (Absent Without Leave) American soldier will file his application for German asylum Thursday (27 Nov. 2008) in the Frankfurt area. He is the first American veteran of the war in Iraq to pursue refugee status in Europe. A press conference will take place at 10:00 the same day at Presseclub in Frankfurt.

His application cites a European Union regulation providing refugee status to a soldier who is in danger of being prosecuted if military service “would include crimes or acts,” which violate international law. The application references the Nuremberg Trials, stating “It is established that a person cannot defend his or her actions by explaining that they had simply been following orders.”

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