German Government admit legal responsibility

2015-12-07 13:02:41
When the Campaigns Team met the German Government in July they were very reluctant to admit any moral responsibility for what happened - despite us presenting them with significant evidence to show that they played a key role in the Thalidomide scandal - but they stated clearly that they had a legal responsibility for individuals damaged by Thalidomide that was manufactured in Germany.

We have now presented them with evidence showing that the Thalidomide-component for the drugs taken by our mothers was manufactured in Germany and they have acknowledged this and have written to suggest individual Thalidomiders in the UK should apply to the Contergan Foundation (which is the German equivalent of the Trust and is funded by the German Government).

This is an important step forward but there is a lot of further work still to do - as we do not feel it is appropriate for each individual beneficiary of the Trust to have to go through the complicated process of making a claim for a variety of technical reasons.  We are now pressing the Germans to accept a single claim on behalf of all beneficiaries who have been accepted by the Thalidomide Trust.

We are continuing to push for a meeting with a representative from the German government who is in a position to deal with the serious allegations the German government are currently refusing to engage with.

You can read the Sunday Times article here.