World Bundeswehr: Cabinet resolves compensation for homosexual soldiers

15:00  25 november  2020
15:00  25 november  2020 Source:   ksta.de

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Das Kabinett hat eine Entschädigung von Soldaten beschlossen, die wegen ihrer Homosexualität diskriminiert wurden. © picture alliance / dpa The cabinet has decided to compensate soldiers who have been discriminated against because of their homosexuality.

Discriminated homosexual soldiers should be rehabilitated and financially compensated with a symbolic sum. The cabinet passed a bill on Wednesday that provides for the overturning of judgments of the military courts for consensual homosexual acts.

For each overturned judgment, 3,000 euros compensation should be paid. This sum is also paid to soldiers who have been dismissed, no longer promoted or no longer entrusted with responsible tasks for their sexual orientation. This applies to both Bundeswehr soldiers and members of the former East German People's Army.

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The Department of Defense estimates that around 1000 affected people will apply for compensation. The draft law has yet to be passed by the Bundestag.

“Big Sign Against Discrimination”

Homosexual acts were a criminal offense until the end of the 1960s and also preoccupied the Bundeswehr courts. In the early years of the Bundeswehr, homosexual soldiers also had to expect to be demoted or dismissed. Later they could remain in the armed forces, but were no longer entrusted with responsible tasks. Institutional discrimination against homosexuals in the Bundeswehr was only ended when a decree on personnel management of homosexual soldiers was repealed on July 3, 2000.

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had already recognized the importance of the rehabilitation before the cabinet meeting. "This bill is a great sign against discrimination, but above all it is an important step for those affected," said the CDU leader. It is true that one cannot redress the injustice suffered personally. But with the overturning of judgments of the military courts and with the payment of symbolic compensation, one sets “a sign of the restoration of the dignity of these people who wanted nothing else but to serve Germany”. (dpa)

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