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Women's rights and gender equality

Am internationalen Frauentag demonstrieren Liberianerinnen für Frieden

The implementation of women's human rights and gender equality is an important part of Germany's human rights policy and also an important issue in the United Nations. more

Combating torture

Tuol Sleng Museum in Phnom Penh

The German Government’s engagement in the fight against torture and abuse is resolute and untiring. Together with its EU partners, it is striving to strengthen the international mechanisms to combat torture.
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Human right to water and sanitation

Child in South Africa

Everybody has a basic need for access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation.
Both are not only scarce, but also often poorly-administrated goods.

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Rights of persons with disabilities

Summer camp for Down syndrome children in the Gaza Strip (file photo)

In 2006 the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – a milestone in the campaign against discrimination. more

Protection of human rights defenders

Protest against human rights violations

The German Government actively supports the work of human rights defenders around the world. Without their courage and commitment there could be no progress in the struggle to ensure universal respect for human rights.
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