Commenting on the resignation of Christoph Strässer as Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin on 22 February:
Christoph Strässer has my heartfelt thanks for his untiring and impassioned work for human rights and in humanitarian aid.
It was with a heavy heart that I accepted his resignation. Christoph Strässer has never been one to do things by halves. I therefore understand his wish to focus more on his work in the German Bundestag and his home town of Münster in future.
For Christoph Strässer, the humanitarian impulse is paramount. He has always stood fast in its defence. Christoph Strässer lent the endeavour to protect human rights a committed voice that was heard well beyond Germany’s borders. His great dedication to human rights and humanitarian aid, both in the spotlight and behind the scenes, has resulted in protection and relief in many individual cases.
I wish Christoph Strässer all the best and am glad to know that he will continue to give me and the Federal Foreign Office the benefit of his advice and support.