The Federal Government has commenced work to draw up a National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights. The action plan aims to apply the guiding principles of the United Nations for business and human rights for the activities of German companies nationally as well as globally in their value and supply chains. moreNational Action Plan for Business and Human 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.
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. moreWomen's rights and gender equality
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. moreCampaigning against the death penalty
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.
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. moreCombating human trafficking
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.
moreHuman right to water and sanitation
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. moreFreedom of religion or belief
In 2006 the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – a milestone in the campaign against discrimination. moreRights of persons with disabilities
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. moreProtection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender and intersex persons (LGBTI rights)