Civil Rights in Germany

Germany is a constitutional, parliamentary democracy with an independent legal system based on the rule of law. That is what the German government claims and what the German “Basic Law” spells out. The Problem is that all governments of the former communist countries used to claim exactly the same thing, and that their constitutions read nicely too, on paper. The truth, as we all know, was different in those countries.

So what is the truth about Germany today? The truth is that in Germany

· folksingers are threatened with imprisonment for singing peaceful songs;

· a professor who writes his disbelief about certain historical events in a footnote, written in Latin(!), in a scholarly anthology(!) was prosecuted and threatened with jail, and the anthology was confiscated and burned;

· a judge, writing a well-founded, but highly controversial book on historical topics, saw his book confiscated and burned, his pension cut, and his PhD title withdrawn as a result of this;

· a history teacher was sent to jail for uttering historical dissent in a private letter to a high-profile personality;

· a professor criticizing internationalism was kicked out of his job, harassed, prosecuted and driven into suicide;

· a historical dissenter was sent to prison for more than two years just because he published peaceful, scholarly historical material;

· well-founded, heavily footnoted books on political and historical topics, authored by academics with plenty of credentials, were and are being confiscated and burned by court order;

· authors, editors, publishers, printers, wholesalers, retailers, importers and exporters, warehouses, and customers buying more than two copies of a certain medium with peaceful, yet dissenting views on history or politics can be prosecuted for producing, stocking, importing/exporting, distributing such dissident material;

· the authorities hide from their citizens, which media are outlawed, so that one cannot possibly know whether or not one commits a crime when distributing such media;

· judges are threatened with prosecution because they did not punish political and historical dissenters harshly enough;

· defense lawyers are prosecuted if they try to introduce evidence showing that the dissenting historical views of their clients, for which they are prosecuted, are in fact correct;

· internet providers are forced by law to censor the internet by not forwarding dissenting political and historical material to their customers;

· the authorities are actually proud of conducting more than 10,000 criminal prosecutions every year(!) against persons for having committed peaceful “thought crimes”, or more than 100,000 persecutions of peaceful dissenters in ten years!

You never heard of these things! Here you can find the evidence for it:
· German Censorship in Law and in Practice
· Case Studies of Civil Rights Violations in Germany
· Internet Censorship in and by Germany
· An Essay on Germany’s Civil Rights Situation