Germany’s human rights policy

Projects aimed at protecting human rights

The Federal Foreign Office, via its missions abroad, supports a wide range of projects aimed at protecting human rights. Deadline for project applications for the fiscal year 2016 is the 15th of November 2015.

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Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Germany intends to become inclusive: With the National Action Plan to Implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Federal Government of Germany is setting a process in motion which will exert a major influence in the next ten years not only on the lives of persons with disabilities, but on those of everyone in Germany. The idea of inclusion, which is the central guiding concept of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will change our everyday culture. 

Bundesaußenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) betrachtet am 06.06.2015 im Nürnberger Justizpalast eine Fotoausstellung mit historischen Aufnahmen der Nürnberger NS-Prozesse. .

Opening of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy

On Saturday (6 June) Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. The Academy underscores Germany’s international commitment to strengthening the rule of law, as Steinmeier stressed at the opening in Nuremberg.

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Federal President Joachim Gauck to address the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 25 February 2013

Federal President Joachim Gauck was in Geneva on 25 and 26 February to visit the institutions concerned with international human rights protection.

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International principles

German human rights policy has one concrete goal: to protect people against violations of their rights and fundamental freedoms.

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Areas of action

Human rights have many faces. Children, women, activists, people with disabilities, victims of torture and human trafficking – they all need our special protection.

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Human rights organizations on the ground

Here you can find a list of human rights organizations on the ground.