Not too long ago, I helped a Jehovah’s Witness who was persecuted for refusal to serve in the military get asylum in immigration court. In some countries, conscientious objectors are treated very poorly (including torture). The US will generally not grant asylum to people who fear harsh punishment for refusing to serve in the military, but there are certain exceptions. The two main exceptions are (1) when a draft dodger would suffer disproportionately because of race, religion, nationality, social group, or political opinion; and (2) when the military takes the type of actions condemned by the international community as contrary to the basic rules of human conduct. Continue reading
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