DIMR sees criteria met: Institute collects conditions for AfD ban

DIMR sees criteria met
Institute collects conditions for AfD ban

The bourgeois camp of Ampel and Union is at a loss when faced with the AfD’s soaring polls. A study by the Institute for Human Rights comes to the conclusion that the conditions for a party ban are met.

The German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR) sees the conditions for a ban on the AfD as fulfilled. In a current analysis of the institute, which has the legal mandate to prevent human rights violations, says that the party is actively and methodically proceeding “to achieve its racist and right-wing extremist goals”. For example, the AfD is working on “shifting the limits of what can be said and thus the discourse in such a way that people get used to their racist, national-völkisch positions – also in the public and political sphere”. Overall, the party is trying to eliminate the guarantees enshrined in Article 1 of the Basic Law. There it says: “Human dignity is inviolable. Respecting and protecting it is an obligation of all state power.”

In the analysis entitled “Why the AfD could be banned, recommendations to the state and politics”, it goes on to say: “It is of elementary importance for the defense of the indispensable foundations of human rights and thus the free democratic basic order that awareness of the Danger emanating from the AfD is increasing, both in society as a whole and on the part of the state, and state and political actors are acting accordingly.” This danger can only be countered effectively “if the other parties at federal, state and local level clearly distance themselves from the AfD”.

“Filling the void in the legal debate”

The author of the analysis, Hendrik Cremer, emphasized that the institute was not in favor of an application for a party ban. Rather, the DIMR is concerned with filling a “void” in the social and legal debate. “We recommend that those entitled to apply continuously prepare material in order to be able to act,” he added.

The DIMR is Germany’s independent national human rights institution. The institute is financed from the budget of the Bundestag. Parties are considered unconstitutional if, based on their goals or the behavior of their supporters, they aim to impair or eliminate the free democratic basic order or to endanger the existence of the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, there must be an actively militant, aggressive attitude towards the free democratic basic order, which the party aims to abolish. Concrete evidence is also needed to show that achieving the anti-constitutional goals pursued by this party does not appear completely hopeless.

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