The Austrian Justice Minister Alma Zadic apologized on Monday on behalf of the judiciary for the criminal prosecution of homosexuals after the Second World War.
On the occasion of the celebration of Pride Month, Zadic expressed “deep regrets for the suffering and injustice” committed against the group who “see their dignity and humanity being violated by institutions that should have protected them,” he said at the event in Vienna.
From now on, according to the head of justice, the judiciary must maintain an “open and honest approach to the past” and complained that one of the “dark chapters is definitely the criminal prosecution of homosexual people”, reports “Die Press”.
In addition to the apology, Zadic has announced the creation of a “worthy” memorial that will serve “learning from history” since “the ‘queer’ community is and will remain an integral part of our society, from which we will no longer do without”.
According to historian Andreas Brunner, thanks to legislation that was only abolished in 2002, more than 13,000 people in Austria were convicted of their sexual orientation between 1950 and 1971.