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Children's rights

In keeping with its international obligations as a member of the EU and the United Nations, Germany has made the protection of children’s rights one of its main policy focuses.

Campaigning against the death penalty

Welttag gegen die Todesstrafe

Even though resistance to the death penalty is growing steadily, it is still a reality in many states. Germany and its EU partners are campaigning worldwide to have it abolished. more

Combating human trafficking

Kidnapped children in Pakistan

Human trafficking in all its forms – be it for sexual or labour exploitation or any other purpose – is a serious violation of human rights, which the German Government combats with determined action. Germany is affected by this issue in several ways, as a target country as well as a transit country for human trafficking. more

Freedom of religion or belief

Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain

Promoting freedom of religion or belief around the world is an important part of Germany’s human rights policy. In the view of both Germany and the European Union, this right is of crucial importance also in the work of the United Nations. more

Protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans­gender and intersex persons (LGBTI rights)

Women in Uganda

The German Government opposes any form of dis­crimination on grounds of sexual orientation and has been making every effort to combat dis­crimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons. more

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