Today’s World Humanitarian Day shines a spotlight on humanitarian aid workers. The day commemorates a bomb attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad 17 years ago that claimed the lives of 22 UN staff members.
2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the liberation of the concentration camps. This anniversary year, Germany will for the first time hold the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
A central aspect of looking back on the 150‑year history of the Foreign Office is grappling with its members’ knowledge of and complicity in the Nazi crimes against humanity.
The Federal Foreign Office issues protocol cards to accredited members of diplomatic and consular missions in Germany and to accredited members of staff of international organisations with a presence in Germany, as well as their dependents. These serve as proof of their diplomatic status.
Diplomats can be “expelled” or declared personae non gratae either when they do not comply with accepted behaviour or to send a political signal. Such a decision is made by the receiving state and does not require an explanation.
75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the German Government is working to ensure the permanent conservation of the memorial and museum at that site. To this end, the Bundestag has earmarked 30 million euros in the Federal Foreign Office budget.