Un Calls for End of Racist Santa Spectacle

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Turkey: Trials against the State - Crimes committed by the state in the 1990s are only now going to trial in Turkey. Relatives of the victims are hoping for justice. But time is running out: the statute of limitations is 20 years. Kurdish and Turkish families alike suffered from the crimes. The state is accused of ordering the annihilation of entire Kurdish villages. But members of the Turkish military also paid with their lives if, for example, they were too lenient with the Kurds. These were political murders and, for years, the real killers remained confident they'd never be called to account. The government had blamed most of the killings on the armed wing of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Norway: King Crabs save Jobs - Many Norwegians used to leave the villages in the north of the country because there were no jobs. Now they're coming back. Thanks to king crabs, the fishermen, at least, can count on a lucrative business. The crabs migrated from Russian waters. The giant creatures can measure up to two meters across. As well as the locals, tourists are also coming back for a look at the sensational crabs. However oceanographers worry that over time the king crabs could displace marine life that has been living in the arctic waters for millions of years. Hungary/Austria: Banning the Homeless - Hungary's constitution had to be amended to allow for the criminalization of the homeless. Now many homeless people are leaving Hungary for Austria. In some areas of Hungary, the homeless are banned from bunking down in popular tourist areas. Several districts in the capital Budapest ban sleeping on the streets. Critics say it's just more proof of the conservative Hungarian government's disregard for basic human rights. Some of the homeless hoping for a better life are trying their luck in neighboring Austria, but there they could also face bans and fines. The Netherlands: Controversial St. Nicholas - The Netherlands' version of St. Nicholas - Sinterklaas - has been getting a dressing down. The UN calls the Sinterklaas spectacle racist and wants it abolished. In centuries' old tradition, Sinterklaas travels through the country with a band of helpers in black face. And that's the problem. The character is known as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, and for years was portrayed as a dimwit. Opponents call the tradition racist. Many Dutch are outraged and have organized protests. Traditionally Sinterklaas brings presents for Dutch children each November.

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