The German Government’s Human Rights Report
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The German Government is working hard to see human rights universally respected. On 24 October the Cabinet approved the 10th Human Rights Report, which presents a detailed picture of developments in Germany’s own human rights policy as well as in the international and European systems for protecting human rights. The report covers the period from 1 March 2010 to 29 February 2012.
Germany views its work for human rights as a cross-cutting task encompassing all areas of policy. The report highlights thematic priorities and details the German Government’s activities and initiatives in the field of human rights both at home and in the wider world.
The report is divided into a number of sections:
- Section A “Human rights in Germany and within the scope of European Union policy on justice and home affairs”. This section deals with all issues of human rights relevance across the whole spectrum of German and European home affairs policy and gives an account of the German Government’s activities in this connection over the period under review.
- Section B “Human rights in Germany’s foreign and development policy”. This section describes the basic parameters of German and European human rights policy in the wider world as well as how it is fleshed out in international organizations and forums, including notably the UN Human Rights Council and the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly as well as the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
- Section C “Human rights around the world”. This Section portrays the human rights situation in 72 selected countries around the world during the period under review as well as how German and European human rights policy has responded to these developments.
- Section D looks to the future and presents the German Government’s Human Rights Action Plan 2012-2014 setting out Germany’s human rights priorities for the next two years at home and in the wider world. The Government had previously held consultations on the Action Plan with Forum Menschenrechte (Human Rights Forum) and the German Institute for Human Rights.
- The Annex provides an overview of the main institutions and procedures at national and international level in the field of human rights protection.
The German Government’s Human Rights Report is published every two years. The report is drawn up by the Federal Foreign Office as lead agency, with the participation of all federal ministries as well as the Federal Chancellery, the Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, and the Commissioner for Matters relating to Disabled Persons.
Current developments and themes
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The nearly 300 pages long report analyzes current developments, including the impact the “Arab spring” has had on the human rights situation in the affected countries. Other topics covered are Germany’s activities as chair of the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict and the world campaign initiated by Germany for an international human rights logo.
Last updated 24.10.2012