2019: Public benefit status of five NGO was refused

After the Attac case in beginning of 2019 the charity status of non profit organisations in Germany becomes more and more weak. The current law is a threat to organisations which are engaged in (unselfish) political decision making or in advocacy, a threat to human rights defenders. In 2019 we were faced with four more cases, finance offices refused the public benefit status.

A special one is the case of Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes (VVN-BdA), the Association of Persecutees of the Nazi Regime/Federation of Antifascists, founded in 1947 by Holocaust survivors and resisters of National Socialism.

The English Service of Deutsche Welle explains this case and what’s going on about change of the laws in the Federal Ministry of Finance. Worth reading!