Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement to mark Human Rights Day:
“The protection of human rights is a key concern of German foreign policy. This year’s seismic events in the Arab world have demonstrated that the call for respect for human rights goes well beyond any cultural, religious or national borders.
On this day in particular, our thoughts are with all people whose human rights are denied or violated. We stand steadfastly by all those who speak up for democracy and human rights.”
Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. The Declaration is regarded as the magna carta of international human rights protection. Human rights defenders around the world refer to it as the main legal basis for their fight to establish and safeguard freedom, democracy and the rule of law.