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Children’s Rights during Adolescence
General Comment No. 20 of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

In its General Comment No. 20, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child provides information on the implementation of children's rights during adolescence. The key recommendations addressed to States parties provide helpful advice for development cooperation practitioners. This publication summarises General Comment No. 20 and outlines approaches on how development cooperation may contribute to the realisation of children's rights during adolescence.

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Author: Lena Stamm, Dr. Judith Striek

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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6 Page Count

June 2017

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Holding OSCE states accountable for implementing human dimension commitments
The role of National Human Rights Institutions in independent evaluation reporting

All states participating in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have committed themselves to human rights and democracy norms. In the OSCE there is currently no regular, country-based system to monitor the implementation of these commitments. Therefore Switzerland initiated an independent evaluation of national implementation during its OSCE chairmanship in 2014. Germany consolidated this process in 2016. With this paper, the German Institute for Human Rights wants to share its experiences with the evaluation process and give food for thought on how other National Human Rights Institutions can make use of it.

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Author: Dr. Petra Follmar-Otto, Anne Rennschmid

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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8 Page Count

May 2017

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Children's Rights and the elimination of harmful practices
General Comment No. 18 of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

In 2014 the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child joined forces to produce General Comment No. 31/No. 18. The main objective of this General Comment is to clarify the States parties’ obligations regarding the elimination of harmful practices. This publication summarizes the General Comment and outlines approaches on how development cooperation may contribute to the elimination of harmful practices.

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Author: Lena Stamm, Dr. Judith Striek

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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ISSN: 2509-9493 (PDF)

6 Page Count

March 2017

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Business & Human Rights: Trans-national NHRI cooperation between Colombia and Germany

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Author: Deniz Utlu, Jan-Christian Niebank

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March 2017

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Promising Practices: On the human rights-based approach in German development cooperation Peace-building: Support to survivors of gender-based violence and to indigenous people in Colombia

Numerous civilians have fallen victim to the armed conflict between the Colombian government and paramilitary structures in Colombia since the mid-1960s. In 2003, the warring parties finally reached a peace agreement, enabling the Government of Colombia to establish a legal framework for transitional justice measures that seek to fulfill the rights of the conflict-afflicted, with particular regard to women and indigenous people. Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has initiated the "Support for the Colombian Peace Process Programme" (ProFis) in order to provide support to Colombia with implementing the "Justice and Peace Law" in accordance with international legal provisions and principles of transitional justice.

This publication describes the implementation of measures taken within the framework of ProFis. It presents results and discusses remaining challenges.

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Author: GIZ

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5 Page Count

March 2017

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Children have a Right to Health
General Comment No. 15 of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

In its General Comment No. 15, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child provides information on the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest standard of health. The Committee’s key recommendations addressed to States parties provide helpful advice for development cooperation practitioners. This publication summarizes General Comment No. 15 and outlines approaches for how development cooperation may contribute to the realisation of children’s right to health.

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Author: Lena Stamm, Dr Judith Striek

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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6 Page Count

March 2017

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Parallel Report by the German Institute for Human Rights to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

In this parallel report, the German Institute for Human Rights addresses a number of selected fields of implementation of women’s human rights in and by Germany. The report covers those thematic areas related to women’s human rights in which the GIHR has worked, gathered information and gained expertise during the past years. They focus on ensuring equal human rights for the most vulnerable among them.

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Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

17 Page Count

January 2017

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Development of the human rights situation in Germany January 2015 – June 2016
Executive Summary

The German Institute for Human Rights annually submits a report on the development of the human rights situation in Germany to the German Federal Parliament (in accordance with sec. 2 para 5 of the Act regarding the Legal Status and Mandate of the German Institute for Human Rights of 16 July 2015; short: DIMRG). The report is presented on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December. The DIMRG provides that the German Federal Parliament officially responds to the report.

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Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

16 Page Count

December 2016

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Implementation of Selected OSCE Commitments on Human Rights and Democracy in Germany
Independent Evaluation Report on the occasion of the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016

On the occasion of the German OSCE chairmanship in 2016, the institute has independently evaluated how human rights standards set by the OSCE are implemented in Germany. The original report was published in German in June and is now available in English.

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Author: Gesamtredaktion: Dr. Petra Follmar-Otto, Anne Rennschmid

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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110 Page Count

September 2016

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Germany's 2016 Report to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Comments by the German Institute for Human Rights

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Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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2 Page Count

August 2016

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Assessing Human Rights Risks and Impacts
Perspectives from corporate practice

This publication provides an insight into the corporate practice and experience of companies in assessing human rights risks and impacts. It is not a general guide, nor does it attempt to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the approaches in question. The examples and lessons learned are presented from the perspective of the companies concerned. They were selected with a view to providing an overview of several different approaches used by companies to assess human rights risks and impacts.
The examples describe only one element of the full range of human rights due diligence measures implemented by each company. They do not represent an endorsement of the overall performance of the company in question in the field of human rights.

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Publisher: UN Global Compact and the Global Compact Network Germany, Twenty Fifty Ltd., German Institute for Human Rights

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46 Page Count

July 2016

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Children's and young people's rights in development cooperation
Methods and guidelines for practical implementation

Germany and virtually all the countries partaking in German development cooperation have ratified the UNCRC and are committed to implementing it. Nevertheless, many states are still not honouring their commitments regarding human and children’s rights. In consequence millions of young people are left without an opportunity to exercise their rights.
 
The want of practical knowledge regarding children’s and young people’s right called for this methodical guide to practical implementation. The United Nations’ human rights protection system forms the basis to this guide, along with associated instruments of the United Nations, especially the work of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The methodical guide also incorporates experience gained during a pilot phase with multipliers in Kirgizstan, Guatemala, and Burkina Faso in 2013/14. It is a suitable handout for two and a half day workshops on children’s and young people’s rights, but may also be used as toolbox for human and children’s rights education within the various sector focuses of German development cooperation. 

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The published work can be ordered free of charge from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Mail: i-punkt@giz.de)

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124 Page Count

March 2016

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Menschenrechtliche Risiken und Auswirkungen ermitteln
Perspektiven aus der Unternehmenspraxis

Diese Broschüre erläutert die Anforderungen an menschenrechtliche Folgenabschätzungen und Risikoanalysen durch Unternehmen, welche sich aus den Leitprinzipien für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte der Vereinten Nationen ergeben. Fünf Fallbeispiele bieten Einblicke in die unternehmerische Praxis und verdeutlichen die Möglichkeiten für Unternehmen, die Wahrung der Menschenrechte in ihren Tätigkeiten zu gewährleisten.

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Publisher: Herausgeber: Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk, Twenty Fifty Ltd., Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

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44 Page Count

February 2016

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aktuell 08/2015: Germany's Accession to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The German Institute for Human Rights requests the German Parliament to postpone  the ratification of the accession to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The first proposal for the environmental and social standards of the AIIB, circulated in September 2015, as well as the consultation practice so far do not meet the human rights sophistication required of a multilateral development and investment bank; the information and disclosure policy has yet to be written. Germany’s Bundestag should seize the op-portunity of AIIB accession to create transparency and reporting requirements for Germany’s participation in the framework of multilateral organizations and to anchor the necessary pro¬cedures and instruments into national law for the first time.

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Author: Andrea Kämpf

ISSN: 2190-9121 (PDF)

4 Page Count

January 2016

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ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation

This electronic information tool introduces the essential features of international human rights protection mechanisms. It is intended to motivate development practitioners to make more use of human rights in development cooperation. The tool is also available in German, Spanish and French. Contains many links.

 

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

8 pages

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DC E-Info-Tool

January 2016

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Promising Practices: Strengthening the African human rights system

Most African states have enshrined human rights in their respective constitutions. However, national justice systems often lack the capacities to deal with human rights violations or the political situation in some countries does not allow for an independent, strong judiciary. At the regional level, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights - established in 2004 by the African Union - and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (set up in 1987) have great potential to fill this protection gap at the national level and contribute to the promotion of human rights on the continent.  In 2007, German development cooperation set up the project „Strengthening the African Court on Human and Peoples‘ Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to contribute to the improvement of the African human rights protection mechanism. This Promising Practice describes the measures implemented by the project as well as its impact and lessons learned.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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DC Promising Practices

January 2016

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ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation: The African Human Rights System

As a complement to the ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation, this annex explains the basic features of the African human rights protection system. It is intended as an overview of the regional human rights system for development practitioners. The tool contains many links to external ressources. A similar tool is offered on the Inter-American human rights protection system.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

11 pages

(PDF, 428 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

December 2015

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Promising Practices: Consult - Consent - Cooperate: Integrating indigenous practices in biodiversity conservation in the Agusan Marsh, Mindanao, Philippines

In the management of protected biodiversity areas, indigenous knowledge systems and practices, particularly those concerning conservation, have not been fully recognised in the Philippines. Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), as embedded in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Acts (IPRA) of the Philippines, to ensure the participation of indigenous peoples in decisions-making when programmes, projects and activities affect ancestral domains has not been effectively implemented by governmental institutions. In 2011, the Philippine and German Governments agreed on working together on ‘Indigenous Practices for the Conservation of Biodiversity’ under the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management Program (COSERAM) with the aim of fully implementing FPIC policy under the IPRA. This Promising Practice describes impacts and challenges of the Philippine-German Programme and concludes with lessons learnt.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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DC Promising Practices

November 2015

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"Just head-banging won’t work." How state donors can further human rights of LGBTI in development cooperation and what LGBTI think about it

The study shows why development cooperation should further human rights of LGBTI. It illustrates how LGBTI activists are working, the challenges they are facing and their experiences with donors in development cooperation. It also outlines the international and regional human rights frameworks as they relate to sexual orientation and gender identity and reviews the extraterritorial obligations of donor countries in development cooperation. Two human rights instruments are examined  – the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) – with a view to how they are useful in promoting HR related to SOGI on the national and local level.

Author: Andrea Kämpf

67 pages

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Study

October 2015

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Sexual orientation and gender identity as human rights issues in development cooperation

This electronic info-tool seeks to motivate development practitioners to consider human rights relating to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in development cooperation programmes. It provides an overview of relevant human rights obligations and sketches out the situation of LGBTI in worldwide. The tool gives examples of how German development cooperation has dealt with human rights relating to sexual orientation and gender identity so far and concludes with recommendations of how state development cooperation can work on issues related to SOGI.

Author: German Institute for Human Rights, GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

13 pages

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DC E-Info-Tool

October 2015

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