The SED victims still need help because they and their families experienced terrible things that non-affected people often cannot understand and comprehend. They were subjected to political persecution, social decomposition and, as political prisoners, physical violence, but above all psychological torture, and have experienced a wide variety of traumas.
The traumas suffered have changed the personalities of most of the victims. A small number of them have survived the traumas relatively unscathed, but the majority of them still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in one form or another to this day.
At the same time, they have also developed a particularly strong sense of injustice, and therefore continue to resist injustice to this day, against the lack of understanding that is shown to them in many ways, especially by large parts of politics. But they are not looking for pity, nor do they need charity - rather, they are looking for understanding and recognition, which has been denied them to this day. They feel that the bureaucratic hurdles in the rehabilitation laws that have been passed with regard to the individual case examination and the principle of need are particularly unjust. Here, a long-overdue reversal of the burden of proof should be enshrined in law as soon as possible. Each of them experienced their own history under the second German dictatorship, which is an integral part of German history and which we must not suppress, whether we like it or not. That's why we should also focus much more on the positive side of this part of German history because we can learn a lot from it and pass it on to younger generations.
What are the positive things about it? As we know, trauma can destroy a person or a person can grow from it and experience new, beautiful things. Many of the SED victims have grown from their experienced traumas, and today have grown into indomitable fighters against injustice and against forgetting. Without their inherent hope, the SED victims would not have been able to continue their struggle until today.
Due to the injustice committed during the SED dictatorship, in a blatant manner.
◦ the UN Declaration of Human Rights of ◦ the UN Declaration of Human Rights of 10.12.1948, the General Assembly
Resolution 217 A (III);
◦ the UN Civil Pact and UN Social Pact, to which the GDR acceded in 1973,
◦ violated the entered, international obligations of the Helsinki Final Act of 01.08.1975.
However, the German government also violates until today the articles 1, 7, 17 prohibition of discrimination, equality before the law, right and protection of property from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the UN (Resolution 217 A (III) of 10.12.1948) and article 1, obligation to respect human rights, article 14 prohibition of discrimination from the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights.
The human rights legally enshrined in these articles are still not granted to the victims in reunified Germany. Germany is thus guilty of serious human rights violations and tolerates them.
The liability of the convention states of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights/EMRK - i.e. also of Germany - results, according to Art. 41 ECHR and the violations of convention law according to Art. 1, Additional Protocol 1, concerning the guarantee of property and the prohibition of discrimination, according to previous international case law, e.g. of the European Court of Human Rights, in the corresponding liability conditions of Germany for the claims of the SED victims. It is irrelevant what the act of violation consists of - it exists, as in the case at hand, in the administrative as well as in the legislative sphere.
Our aforementioned demands are a call to the German government to respect human rights also with regard to the SED victims, and to immediately end the violations that exist to this day.
Justice therefore requires the urgency of Now!