Eighty-four percent of the world population belongs to one religion or another. In order to better understand the work of religious communities and to strengthen their constructive potential, the Federal Foreign Office cultivates not only international but also interfaith dialogue.
Promoting freedom of religion and belief around the world is an important part of the Federal Government’s human rights policy.
In March 2021, to counter tyranny in Belarus, the Federal Government joined with international partners to initiate a mechanism to document severe human rights violations in Belarus. The aim is to make it possible to investigate and prosecute such cases in future.
Since August 2020, people in Belarus have been demonstrating peacefully against electoral fraud and state violence and calling for freedom of opinion and the release of political prisoners. The political leadership in Minsk is responding with repression and unconcealed violence.
One priority of Germany’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from November 2020 to May 2021 is the strength of the law.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Nobel Prize laureate Nadia Murad today officially opened the Women, Peace and Security College (Kolleg Frauen, Frieden, Sicherheit) at the Foreign Service Academy in Tegel.
An exhibition featuring photographs from the photography competition on the topic of human rights is currently on show in the Atrium at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.