In 2018, Germany will undergo another Universal Periodic Review of the implementation of its human rights obligations. A public consultation chaired by the Human Rights Commissioner will be held at the Federal Foreign Office on 22 June in preparation for the review.
Launched in 2006, the Universal Periodic Review is a process in which all United Nations Member States report at regular intervals on the implementation of their human rights obligations. The process is based on the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the human rights agreements ratified by the state in question and voluntary commitments made by the state. Germany underwent this process in 2009 and 2013 and will report again to the Human Rights Council in 2018.
The Federal Foreign Office is coordinating the necessary preparations. Prior to the process, a wide-ranging interministerial consultation process takes place, resulting in a report that is discussed with other UN Member States in the Human Rights Council. Civil society and national human rights institutions (in Germany, the German Institute for Human Rights) are able to submit their own reports to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR).
The German Government is also inviting members of the public to a public consultation, which will take place in the Federal Foreign Office from 3.00 to 5.00 p.m. on 22 June and be chaired by Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid.
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Information on the findings of the previous reviews can be found on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the German Institute for Human Rights.