Protection of Human Rights

Human rights – a cornerstone of German foreign policy

Some things are non-negotiable: Germany continues to campaign assiduously for human rights around the world.


Death penalty and torture

Many countries in the world still hand down death sentences and carry out executions. Germany is campaigning worldwide for the abolition of this cruel form of punishment. more

Civil society and human rights

An active civil society capable of action is a prerequisite for constructive relations between government and society. more

Economic, social and cultural rights

Be it access to decent work or adequate healthcare – millions of people around the world are being deprived of economic, social and cultural rights. more

Women and gender equality

The German Government works both at bilateral level and within the framework of international organisations to enhance women’s rights and to foster gender equality. more

Children’s rights

Children are in a special life situation and are particularly vulnerable in many ways. For this reason, they need special protection. more

LGBTI rights

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

Rights of persons with disabilities

The German Government is active at national and international level in protecting persons with disabilities. more

Freedom of religion and thought

Promoting freedom of religion and thought around the world is an important part of Germany’s human rights policy. more


Latest periodic reports submitted by Germany as a State Party to the fundamental United Nations (UN) human rights agreements.  more

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