The operator of this non-commercial website is the highly motivated community-minded Martin Mitchell from Australia (himself an instititionalised and abused minor in church institutions in the former West Germany)

Legitimate critical observations by the Australian operator, Martin Mitchell, of the
community-service-site
cum postwar German history site Care-Leavers Survivors.org
@
www.care-leavers-survivors.org with regard to specific human rights violations -
extra-judicial incarceration and "forced labour" and the profiteering therefrom
by the postwar West-German State
, the churches and private enterprise
(between ca 1945 - 1975) - which should concern us all.

Legitimate critical observations by the Australian operator, Martin Mitchell, of the community-service-site www.care-leavers-survivors.org / www.heimkinder-ueberlebende.org with regard to specific human rights violations - extra-judicial incarceration and "forced labour" and the profiteering therefrom by the postwar West-German State, the churches and private enterprise - (between ca 1945 - 1975) which should concern us all.

The fact that the German Parliament is currently condemning “forced labour” in China and the "trade in goods produced by forced labour" "in China" ( see attached article, reported by
Deutsche Welle, below), is laudable, but individual German political parties like the CDU [ Christian Democratic Union of Germany = Christlich Demokratische Union ], the SPD [ Social Democratic Party of Germany = Sozial-Demokratische Partei Deutschlands ] and the DIE LINKE [ = The Left Party of Germany or German Left Party ], each, have no official policy - or have so far not been willing to disclose publicly what their policy is, if they have one - pertaining to the question of rehabilitation, restitution and compensation ( = Rehabilitation, Wiedergutmachung und Entschädigung ) for hundreds of thousands of child and teenage “forced labourers“ (of both sexes) who were extra-judicially and forcibly detained in church and State 'Child Welfare Institutions' and forcibly employed in postwar West-Germany, as a huge upaid “forced labour“ battalion, during three decades of the West-German “economic miracle“ (ca 1945 - 1975).

Only the
German Green Party [ = Die Grünen = the German Greens ], in the forefront, followed by the German Liberal Party - FDP [ = The Liberals = Die Liberalen = Freie Demokratische Partei ], have publicly stated their official position with regard to these human rights abuses occuring in Germany and have assured the great number of surviving victims of all  forms of post war institutional child abuse, including “forced labour”, of their full and active support.

The
German Green Party's public announcement on the matter, of 24.04.2007, (in German) can be found here: http://www.josef-winkler.de/common/info/startseite/index.html?no_cache=1&expand=475&cHash=db0fc8c49e and the German Liberal Party's public announcement on the matter, of 10.07.2007, (in German) can be found here: http://www.care-leavers-survivors.org/GOOD-NEWS-III-.-FDP-nimmt-die-Heimkinder-Geschichte-und-Aufarbeitung-dieser-sehr
-ernst_-_Antwort-von-Dr-Guido-Westerwelle-zu-einer-Frage-diesbetreffend-auf-WEBabgeordnetenwatchGERMANY.html
.

On the other hand, the
CDU [ Christian Democratic Union of Germany = Christlich Demokratische Union ], the SPD [ Social Democratic Party of Germany = Sozial-Demokratische Partei Deutschlands ] as the two leading, individual, German polical parties, have, each, so far - despite numerous challenges over the last couple of years to state their position - avoided persistently and stubbornly to publicly state their party's policy on this dark chapter of German history, have failed abyssmally to disclose how they would seek to make amends, ie. have steadfastly chosen to remain silent on this point; and the DIE LINKE [ = The Left Party of Germany or German Left Party ] has also, so far, remained silent.

Granted, the
DIE LINKE [ = The Left Party of Germany or German Left Party ] privately, and unofficially (at the beginning of August 2007), has hinted that it can offer much more to the victims than any of the other German political parties, including the German Green Party [ = Die Grünen = the German Greens ] or the German Liberal Party  - FDP [ = The Liberals = Die Liberalen = Freie Demokratische Partei ], but that it “might take some time” to get back to the inquirer with an answer “due to the summer holidays and other commitments”; and so far no public announcement has been forthcoming from The German Left Party [ = DIE LINKE ], regarding their policy on the making of amends for widespread postwar West-German government sanctioned “forced labour” / "child slave labour", either.

In all western democracies it is expected that all political parties actively engaged in the political process of the country publicly disclose their policies regarding all relevant issues which may be of concern to the electorate, so that one or other party may be lobbied by the voters to change its present position on any particular policy, if that policy does not currently meet the voters' expectations.

To refuse to disclose one's policies to the electorate is tantamount to denying the voter freedom of choice and the making of an informed decision in selecting its representatives, as well as constituting an absolute lack of transparency on the part of the entire canditature of
the party concerned.

Signed:
Martin Mitchell

Adelaide, South Australia, 31. October 2007




DW - Deutsche Welle [ Reportagé of the German Broadcasting Service in English of 11.05.2007 ]

@
http://dwelle.de/southasia/germany/1.222739.1.html

German Bundestag Denounces Forced Labour Goods from China


German Bundestag in Berlin

The German parliament has passed a resolution denouncing China's Laogai camp system and angered the Chinese government. Laogai stands for "reform through work" and the camps are similar to the Soviet Gulag. Criminals, dissidents or otherwise disagreeable people are subjected to hard physical labour.

Until the very last minute, the Chinese embassy in Berlin tried to prevent the resolution from being passed. Members of parliament said the Chinese had threatened them with a serious decline in Sino-German relations, but they said that they would not be bullied by anybody.

A Chinese hint that the next round of the human rights dialogue between Berlin and Beijing was coming up, so there was no point in passing the resolution now also had no impact. MPs said they hoped the government would defend the parliament's position at the negotiating table.

Apart from the Left Party, all the parliamentary factions approved the resolution. Germany is the second country after the US to denounce the Laogai system.

International pressure needed

The Chinese human rights activist Harry Wu has been calling for such a measure for years. He said that the Chinese government had always denied there was forced labour in the country.

"The more countries denounce it, the stronger the pressure on China will become."

Forced labour is a common penalty for political prisoners in China, but common criminals are also being sent to the Laogai. The police can impose a stretch of up to four years without a court case. Wu spent nineteen years in a labour camp.

He is now the director of a US-based foundation which documents the camp system. He estimated that there were about two million people in the camps but said only the Chinese government has exact figures.

Camps passed off as normal companies

The camps are passed off as normal companies so that business can be done with the West. Wu explained that clients were received at the main entrance, and the forced labourers are brought to work by the back gate.

It's difficult to prove that goods have been manufactured with forced labour, said Peter Müller from the International Society for Human Rights who welcomed the resolution. "We hope that the resolution will have a significant impact, and the German business world will do its utmost to make sure that imported goods don't come from the Laogai camps."

US law against Laogai goods

In the United States, there is a law against importing Laogai goods. The US government has compiled a blacklist of thirty products. But Wu was sure there were many more.

In 1992, the US and China signed a contract whereby Beijing would declare which exports had been manufactured with forced labour. So far, China has never made such a declaration.

DW Staff (act)


Metatags on the topic of "forced labour" in "institutional care" compelled to be performed, without pay, by "wards of the state" in institutions of church, state and private enterprise:

The truth about child slave labour in West-Germany − Die Wahrheit über Kinderzwangsarbeit in Deutschland − Martin Mitchell − Australian operator of Care-Leavers-Survivors.org − Care-Leavers-Survivors − Heimkinder-Ueberlebende.org − forcibly detained CHILD WELFARE DETAINEES − WARDS OF THE STATE − CHILD WELFARE DETAINEES − forced labour − WARDS OF THE STATE used as forced labour − extra-judical incaceration − incarceration − profiteering − institutional child abuse − state sanctioned forced labour − Germany − West-Germany − postwar West-German State − churches and private enterprise − German Parliament is currently condemning forced labour − Germany condemning forced labour in China − CDU − Christian Democratic Union of Germany − Christian Democratic Union − Christlich Demokratische Union − SPD − Social Democratic Party of Germany − Social Democratic Party − Sozial-Demokratische Partei Deutschlands − DIE LINKE − The Left Party of Germany − German Left Party − official policy − rehabilitation − restitution − compensation − Rehabilitation − Wiedergutmachung − Entschädigung − hundreds of thousands of child and teenage forced labourers − forcibly detained − extra-judicially and forcibly detained in church and State Child Welfare Institutions − forcibly detained in church and State Child Welfare Institutions − forcibly employed in postwar West-Germany − huge upaid forced labour battalion − economic miracle − German economic miracle − Wirtschaftswunder − Wirtschaftswunder Westdeutschland − German Green Party − Die Grünen − German Greens − German Liberal Party − FDP − The Liberals − Die Liberalen − Freie Demokratische Partei − human rights abuses − human rights abuses occuring in Germany − victims of all forms of post war institutional child abuse − dark chapter of German history − German history − child slave labour − Peter Wensierski − Wensierski − Beaten in God's Name − Schläge im Namen des Herrn − victims − compensate victims − points of law − tort − malicious procedure and false imprisonment − false imprisonment − illegally removed − malicious procedure − negligence − essentials of action for negligence − equity − fiduciary obligation − duty of care − breach of duty of care − constitutional law − non-judicial organs of government − acts of servants or agents − liability of servant or agent − misfeasance in public office − damages − torts and personal actions − breach of statutory duty − equitable compensation and exemplary damages − compensation − without statutory warrant − legal authority − without legal authority − illegal conduct − conscious wrongdoing − placement was negligent − placed in environments where sexual abuse occurred − physical abuse − psychological abuse − slave labour − Stanford Experiment − rechtsstaatswidrig − contrary to the laws of a constitutional state − illegal − in violation of law and liberty − unconstitutional − in breach of statute law − in contravention of democratic principles − in violation of human rights − Fahrlässigkeitsdelikt − Fahrlässigkeit − Vernachlässigung − fahrlässige Handlung − Handlung in grober Fahrlässigkeit − grobe Fahrlässigkeit − Recht der Fahrlässigkeitshaftung − Verschuldenshaftung − bewusste Fahrlässigkeit − fahrlässige Körperverletzung − grob fahrlässige Schädigung − Fahrlässigkeitshaftung − Fairness − Gleichheit − Gerechtigkeit − Sorgfaltspflicht − Pflicht − Obligation − Berufspflicht − Pflichtverletzung − Pflichtversäumnis − Verletzung der Rechtspflicht − Sorgfaltspflichtverletzung − Missbrauch der Amtsgewalt − Rechtsanwälte Dr. Vehlow & Wilmans − Gerrit Wilmans − www.vehlow-wilmans.de − Kanzlei Dr. Vehlow & Wilmans − Solicitors Dr. Vehlow & Wilmans − DW − Deutsche Welle − German Bundestag Denounces Forced Labour Goods from China − German Bundestag − Forced Labour Goods from China − forced labour goods − German Parliament − German Bundestag in Berlin − China's Laogai camp system − Laogai camp system − forced labour camp − forced labour camps − institution − institutions − workhouse − workhouses − reform through work − work maketh free − liberation through work − Arbeit macht frei − Arbeite und Bete − Bete und Arbeite − work and pray − Soviet Gulag − Laogai camps − indoctrination facility − konzentration camp − concentration camps − labour camp − labour camps − forced labor − hard physical labour − camps passed off as normal companies − forced labourer − forced labourers − forced laborer − forced laboers − German government − Chinese government − Chinese human rights activist Harry Wu − Harry Wu − human rights − human rights abuses − Menschenrechtsverletzungen − International Society for Human Rights − German business world − German industry

[ Date of first publication on this Website: 31 October 2007 ]


Subindex No. 1

DW WORLD.DE - DEUTSCHE WELLE on 23.01.2009 in English ( Sabina Casagrande reporting )
( relating to the former West-Germany ) »Abused Wards Of The State Demand Reparations In Germany«
An apology and compensation are long overdue

( The current CDU/SPD Government of the German Federal Republic, however, is dragging its feet. )

News in brief in the German news-magazine FOCUS, Munich the 12 August 2007:
»The Association of Former Wards of the State [ of the former West-Germany ] /
Former Institutionalised Children / Care-Leavers-Survivors demand compensation -
"The firms that made use of institutional child labour ( "unpaid forced labour" ) have to pay"« -
announced the lawyer for the victims, Munich
human rights lawyer Michael Witti.


Media reports pertaining to an Australian compensation case indexed by GOOGLE:
Court Judgment:
Compensation for Aborigine of the "Stolen Generation":

TREVORROW -v- STATE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA (No 5) [2007] SASC 285
Judgment of The Honourable Justice Gray - 1 August 2007


Former wards of the state take the initiative.
German care-leavers-survivors take Government to task.
The German Federal Government is being challenged to answer the following simple question:
Ehemalige Heimkinder stellen eine sehr einfache Frage an die Deutsche Bundesregierung:


Legitimate critical observations by the Australian operator, Martin Mitchell, of the
community-service-site
cum postwar German history site Care-Leavers Survivors.org
@
www.care-leavers-survivors.org with regard to specific human rights violations -
extra-judicial incarceration and "forced labour" and the profiteering therefrom
by the postwar West-German State
, the churches and private enterprise
(between ca 1945 - 1975) - which should concern us all.


Absolute prohibition of all forms of forced labour / compulsory labour !, or not ?
Was "forced labour" / "compulsory labour" / "work therapy" /
"indoctrination by toil" / "labour discipline" / "pressganged labour"
"hiring out of involuntary labour" / "forcing people to work without pay" ever permitted
in the Federal Republic of Germany, or not? Was it ever permitted in the 1950s, the 1960s,
the 1970s and the 1980?
Is it permitted in the Federal Republic of Germany today?

The use of and the profiteering from forced labour are crimes under international law and they
constitute a serious violation of human rights and an unlawful curtailment of human freedoms.


German wards of the state / institutionalised children used as slave labourers (in the former
West Germany
) demand adequate compensation and the making of appropriate amends;
they don't want to be "paid off" / "to be bribed henceforth to keep quiet"; no "compromise" !

Deutsche Heimkinder / Kindersklaven verlangen eine anständige Entschädigung und
Wiedergutmachung; keine "Abfindung" / "kein Schweigegeld", keinen "Kompromiss" !




Horrific (hidden) POSTWAR GERMAN HISTORY unearthed !!!
Justice at last for abused wards of the state being detained
and slave laboured in ‘institutional care’ in
(West) Germany
by church and state
(a couple of million of them between 1945-1975+;
the exact number has not as yet been able to be determined).

However, whether these victims will in fact obtain justice remains to be seen.

THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN AND JUVENILES OF POST-WAR WEST-GERMANY (1945-1985)

SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN – THE INSIDE STORY OF IRELAND'S INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS
Mary Raftery and Eoin O'Sullivan – First published in 1999 – ISBN 0-8264-1337-4 – (425 pages).
Well-researched non-fictional documentary-type account of Irish institutional child abuse –
in this case perpetrated almost solely by Catholic orders of religion in institutions run for profit
and enrichment of themselves, and to the total disregard of the needs of the children in their ‘care’.


Forgotten Children – The Secret Abuse Scandal in Children's Homes.
[ Institutional child abuse in the UK ]
Author Christian Wolmar – Vision Paperbacks . October 2000.




Visit also “Ehemalige Heimkinder” (former Wards of the State) Blog @ http://heimkinderopfer.blogspot.com


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