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Germany’s anti-BDS resolution violates the right to free expression

German cultural institutions have criticized the German parliament’s anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions resolution for creating a legal gray area and undermining the right to free expression.

The 2019 resolution urges German institutions and public authorities to deny funding and facilities to civil society groups that support the BDS movement.

But in December, major German art and academic institutions denounced the resolution as “detrimental to the democratic public sphere” and warned of its negative impact on the free exchange of ideas.

That prompted an investigation, also in December, by the Bundestag’s scientific service department – an advisory body to the federal parliament – which reached a similar conclusion that the anti-BDS resolution is not legally binding and violates the constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression in Germany.

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