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“We know what we are talking about!”

A 50. Birthday is an occasion to look back, but no reason to lean back. As the human rights organization Amnesty International commemorates its founding in 1961 by British lawyer Peter Benenson, questions are also being asked about the future.

"I often have the impression that we have settled comfortably into the recognition we have received," writes Volkmar Deile, former secretary general of the German section (1990-1999), in a special volume on the anniversary of the declaration. "Has success gone to our heads?" asks the now retired pastor.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008, Deile had already critically noted that despite a growing civil society human rights movement worldwide, the fight against torture, for example, had remained comparatively unsuccessful. In addition, the disappearances of political opponents and politically motivated murders have increased.

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“Proud of his deeds”

Right-wing extremist and former NPD lawyer Horst Mahler has been sentenced to six years in prison by the Munich Regional Court for incitement of the people. On Wednesday, the presiding judge Martin Rieder justified the high sentence by saying that the defendant was "completely undiscerning and unteachable".

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Delmenhorst not yet k.o.

The Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior, together with the city of Delmenhorst, wants to take a close legal look at the planned donation of a hotel to a right-wing extremist foundation. It must be clarified whether this was a "bypass deal," said a ministry spokesman.

Lower Saxony's Ministry of the Interior, together with the city of Delmenhorst, wants to take a close legal look at the planned donation of a hotel to a right-wing extremist foundation. It would have to be clarified whether it was a "bypass deal," a ministry spokesman said. The owner of the "Hotel am Stadtpark" in Delmenhorst had announced that the property, which is currently empty, would be transferred to a right-wing extremist foundation represented by the Hamburg lawyer Jurgen Rieger, who was convicted of incitement of the people.

Town defends itself against Nazi plans Rieger wants to set up a training center for right-wing groups there. "We cannot yet conclusively assess how high Rieger's interest really is," Engemann said. He said an official at the ministry was currently dealing exclusively with the matter in Delmenhorst.Rieger had originally announced that he wanted to buy the hotel for 3.4 million euros. This had caused a storm of indignation in the 79.000-inhabitants city with Bremen released. A citizens' initiative and the city of Delmenhorst have called for donations to purchase the hotel itself. On a trust account are so far more than 700.000 euros received. The city declared the area around the hotel a redevelopment area and therefore now has a right of first refusal. To get around this, Mergel is considering the donation.