Published On: Tue, Sep 14th, 2021

Germany compensates 249 persecuted over homosexuality law

BERLIN — German authorities have compensated almost 250 individuals who have been prosecuted or investigated beneath a Nazi-era law criminalizing homosexuality that continued to be enforced enthusiastically after World War II.

The Federal Office of Justice stated Monday that, as much as the top of August, 317 folks had utilized for compensation and it had been paid out in 249 instances. So far, it has paid out almost 860,000 euros (simply over $1 million).

Fourteen functions are nonetheless being processed, 18 have been rejected and 36 have been withdrawn, the workplace stated. The deadline for functions is July 21 subsequent yr.

German lawmakers in 2017 authorized the annulment of 1000’s of convictions beneath the Paragraph 175 law, which remained in power in West Germany in its Nazi-era type till homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969. They cleared the way in which for funds of three,000 euros per conviction, plus 1,500 euros for yearly of jail time these convicted began.

In 2019, the federal government prolonged compensation to individuals who have been put beneath investigation or taken into investigative custody however not convicted. It supplied funds of 500 euros per investigation opened, 1,500 euros for annually of time in pre-trial custody began, and 1,500 euros for different skilled, monetary or well being disadvantages associated to the law.

The law criminalizing male homosexuality was launched within the nineteenth century, toughened beneath Nazi rule and retained in that type by democratic West Germany, which convicted some 50,000 males between 1949 and 1969.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969 however the laws wasn’t taken off the books completely till 1994.

In 2000, the German parliament authorized a decision regretting the truth that Paragraph 175 was retained after the struggle. Two years later, it annulled the convictions of homosexual males beneath Nazi rule however not the post-war convictions.

The compensation additionally applies to males convicted in communist East Germany, which had a milder model of Paragraph 175 and decriminalized homosexuality in 1968.

In all, some 68,300 folks have been convicted beneath numerous types of Paragraph 175 in each German states.

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