Germany’s human rights policy

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Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen, Schweiz/Genf

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.

Bärbel Kofler

Federal Government Commissioner

Bärbel Kofler has been the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid since 1 March 2016. The Commissioner is contact point for all issues relating to human rights policy and humanitarian aid.

Support of Human Rights Defenders

Germany has committed to support Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in line with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. This Declaration was adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly in 1998, and it remains the normative basis for international efforts for human rights defenders. The Declaration has been translated into several local languages by the Human Rights Centre Uganda. The UN has also established a Special Rapporteur on the situation of of human rights defenders. This post is currently held by Margaret Sekaggya from Uganda. The Special Rapporteur is an important actor in efforts to improve the situation of human rights defenders in all parts of the world.