Sunday, 9 October 2016

Germany to financially compensate more than 50,000 convicted gays

Germany has decided to compensate more than 50 thousand
men who were jailed for their sexual orientation under a historic
law. The plans, which will see 30 million euros ($33.6 million) set
aside to compensate homosexuals convicted under a historic law
for their sexual preferences, up to the 1960s, were revealed by
the German daily "Süddeutsche Zeitung" (SZ) on Saturday.

Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas of the Social Democrats
told the paper that compensation would "depend on concrete
individual cases," taking sentence duration into consideration.
A draft law, set to be formally announced this month, will provide
for "relatively uncomplicated" individual claims, Maas said. It also
allows for collective compensation. Convicted homosexuals
would also have their names cleared. The minister told "SZ" that
he expects more than five thousand men to have a personal
claim.
The infamous Paragraph 175, which was part of Germany's
criminal code from 1871 to 1994, made homosexual acts
between men a crime.
Over 140,000 men were convicted in total, with around 50,000 of
them having been prosecuted since the end of World War II.
The anti-gay code was tightened during the Nazi era, which saw
thousands of gay and bisexual men rounded up and taken to
concentration camps. After the war, gay men were often arrested
again. As well as being jailed, they often lost their jobs and
homes and suffered social exclusion.
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