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BRAMA, July 26, 2002, 9 am ET

Press Release

Extended Hotline Hours Improve IOM Service for German Forced Labor Claimants
New Compensation Hotline number as of 22 July 2002: +41-22-5928-230

GENEVA, 19 July 2002 -The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is extending the hours of its German Forced Labour Compensation Hotline.

In order to provide better service to claimants spread across the globe, a multilingual IOM team now answers queries and questions regarding compensation and status of claims Monday through Friday from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. (GMT + 1) or 1.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. (EST)

As of 22 July, the new Hotline number is +41-22-5928-230.

So far, IOM has made first payments to almost 30% of the estimated 70,000 eligible claimants under the German Forced Labour Compensation Programme. Approximately 260,000 of the applicants who filed a claim with IOM will not receive compensation because they do not satisfy the criteria of the German Foundation Act. This figure includes, for example, more than 130,000 claims from Italian Military Internees (IMIs) and 70,000 from Western European forced labourers.

Under the Swiss Bank Settlement, IOM has received 23,000 claims and 300 Holocaust survivors have received their full compensation payment.

More than 50 years after the end of World War II, a majority of claimants no longer have the documents needed to support their claim.

To help those claimants who cannot provide the required evidence, IOM is working with the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany to gather enough evidence to make sure claimants receive compensation.

IOM is also working with victims' associations, ethnic organizations and other partners, and consults with the German Foundation, to find supporting evidence in order to settle imcomplete claims as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, each of these additional steps to provide proof adds to the processing time for the claims.

"As a rule we give priority to processing claims of victims themselves, rather than those of heirs, because we are very concerned that many of the elderly claimants will not receive this humanitarian gesture while they are still alive," Dirk De Winter, the Director of IOM's compensation programmes, emphasizes.

Compensation for slave and forced labour under the German Forced Labour Compensation Programme is paid in two instalments, the second of which will only be paid after all eligible victims have received the first payment. Payments for property loss will be made in a single instalment after all claims have been processed. The programmes are expected to be completed by the end of 2004.

Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor
Class Action Litigation
Present status of the German settlement
· German Settlement Documents
· International Organization for Migration (IOM) Forced Labor Website IOM Holocaust Victim Assets Programme (Swiss Banks) and German Forced Labour Compensation Programme

· Austrian Settlement Documents
· Austrian Application Notice

· Forced/Slave Labor Homepage
· Brama's UkraiNewstand
· News and Related Forced Labor & Holocaust Assets sites
Press Releases
· Sep 27 02 - US Court Increases Payments Under Swiss Banks Settlement; IOM will increase by 45% the amounts distributed to members of Slave Labour Class I and the Refugee Class [IOM]
· Sep 23 02 - IOM Pays Slave Labourers Under Swiss Banks Settlement: 436 members of certain persecuted groups have received full payment for their claims [IOM]
· Jul 26 02 - Extended Hotline Hours Improve IOM Service for German Forced Labor Claimants [IOM]
· Jun 15 02 - 17,000 slave and forced laborers worldwide have received first payments through IOM [IOM]
· Feb 7 02 - Many Claimants Lack Sufficient Documentation [IOM]
· Feb 1 02 - UECC (Philadelphia) is processing applications for Austrian Compensation
· Jan 30 02 - IOM paid almost 10 percent of presumably eligible claims
· Aug 22 01 - New Filing Deadline For Claims Under Swiss Banks Settlement
· May 10 01 - Judge Kram grants Central and East European countries request for emergency relief
· Mar 13 01 - IOM is ready to make payments but Recent US Court decision may further delay compensation
· Mar 7 01 - Judge’s decision not to dismiss Holocaust banking cases should not deter forced laborers from filing applications
· Mar 7 01 - U.S. Court Decision on Holocaust-Era Payments
· Jan 17 01 - Ukrainian American lawyer receives Presidential recognition
· Oct 29 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Compensation Agreements Signed
· Oct 29 00 - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Maidannyk's speech at the signing of the Ukrainian-Austrian agreements
· Oct 18 00 - Update on German and Austrian Forced Labor Class Action Litigation
· Oct 18 00 - Остання інформація стосовно проблеми вирішення колективного позову, заявленого колишніми примусовими працівниками (UkrCP1251)
· Jul 19 00 - Forced/Slave Labor Accord Signed After Lengthy Negotiations
· May 22 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Negotiations Progress Quickly
· Apr 21 00 - Questions regarding applying for forced labor compensation
· Jan 5 00 - Slave/forced Labor Settlement Reached
· Nov 30 99 - German Forced Labor Settlement at a Crossroads
· Oct 10 99 - Germans offer 6 Billion Marks as compensation to WW II victims
· Sept 15 99, Press Release - Appeal to Ukrainian Forced/Slave Laborers
· Aug 15 99, Press Release - Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor Class Action Litigation
· Aug 12 99, Press Release - Reparations Sought by Ukrainian Slave Laborers

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