Some 800 German judges, prosecutors and judicial officials are starting to teach newly arrived asylum seekers the basics of law in their host country. The legal primer classes for refugees in Bavaria include lessons about freedom of opinion, the separation of religion and state and the equality of men and women.

The drive to teach German legal values was planned before the New Year's Eve assaults in Cologne, which deepened tensions about the arrival of more than a million migrants over the past year.

Bavaria's Justice Minister Winfried Bausback says "many asylum seekers come from regions where justice doesn't function or is being abused by dictatorships." He says that's why it's important to give newcomers "an understanding of our basic values" early on.