GERMANY (1-16-20)

LAW PROPOSED to “Defend Free Expression” by “Effective Prosecution of Acts of Expression”:

“[T]he Bundestag submitted its first proposal, ‘Defend freedom of expression – enforce law online’ (19/16477 ) employed by the FDP [Free Democratic Party] Group. The template was referred to the Lead Committee on Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection after the debate. The FDP calls on the Federal Government to create the framework for effective prosecution of acts of expression and punishable violations of personal rights and to make it easier for those affected to enforce their legal positions. To this end, the government should work with the federal states to ensure that public prosecutors are set up to prosecute violations of personal rights online. It should also work to ensure that more appropriately specialized chambers in courts are set up for this and equipped with sufficient staff.”


DOUBLESPEAK (dŭb′əl-spēk)
n. Any language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often by employing euphemism or ambiguity. Typically used by governments or large institutions.


An Associated Press investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years found nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world — signaling the crisis is much larger than previously known. More than 300 of the allegations involved children, the AP found, but only a fraction of the alleged perpetrators served jail time.

Legally, the U.N. is in a bind. It has no jurisdiction over peacekeepers, leaving punishment to the countries that contribute the troops.

The AP interviewed alleged victims, current and former U.N. officials and investigators and sought answers from 23 countries on the number of peacekeepers who faced such allegations and, what if anything, was done to investigate. With rare exceptions, few nations responded to repeated requests, while the names of those found guilty are kept confidential, making accountability impossible to determine.”

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