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Germany submitted its national report reviewing its human rights situation to the United Nations

23.01.2013

The Federal Government presents national report on human rights in Germany to the United Nations

Markus Löning, Federal Government Human Rights Commissioner, issued the following statement on 23 January 2013:

Like all countries, we take part in Universal Periodic Review, the United Nations’ human rights check, every four years.

In our report, we present what we have done in the last four years to improve the human rights situation in Germany and where we see need for further steps.

Germany has reached a very high level in the protection of human rights but some questions remain which we need to work on. In April we will respond to the questions posed by the other countries.”

Background
Germany submitted its national report reviewing its human rights situation to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 23 January 2013.
The twenty-page report outlines how Germany has implemented the recommendations from the last Universal Periodic Review in February 2009, what steps have been taken to fulfil obligations laid down in international human rights treaties and what topics dominate the national debate on human rights.
The national report was drawn up by the Federal Government and coordinated by the Federal Foreign Office. As early as 5 December 2012, the Federal Government discussed the draft report in the Humboldt University in Berlin in a public debate with German human rights organizations.
Universal Periodic Review is a central instrument of the Human Rights Council aiming to improve human rights worldwide through dialogue and cooperation. All countries are subject to review. As part of Universal Periodic Review, Germany will respond to questions in the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 25 April 2013.

National Report in Preparation for the 2nd Hearing of Germany under the Universal Periodic Review (PDF, 376 KB)

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