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Information: Closing protection gaps in the human rights and business context
What transnational cooperation between the National Human Rights Institutions of Germany and Colombia has achieved

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) were developed to close the gap between transnational economic activities and the regulation of state duties and corporate responsibilities in the protection of human rights. The UNGP confirm that National Human Rights Institutions have an important role to play in implementing the principles. Their task is to provide guidance on human rights to States, business enterprises and other non-State actors. Transnational cooperation among National Human Rights Institutions can help to promote the implementation process. With this paper, the German Institute for Human Rights wants to share its experiences with international NHRI cooperation and provide food for thought about how other NHRIs might benefit from those experiences.

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Author: Gizem Kaya, Jan-Christian Niebank, Deniz Utlu

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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ISSN: 2509-9493 (PDF)

6 Page Count

November 2017

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Analysis: Closing gaps in protection
Transnational cooperation on human rights: The case of the extractive sector in Colombia

As the German energy sector has close ties with the Columbian mining sector, human rights issues in Colombia’s mining regions need to be seen in a transnational context. This translates into diverse options for action and shared responsibilities on both ends of the coal supply chain with respect to the human rights impacts. As the constellation of actors involved is complex, it is not always obvious who bears precisely what sort of responsibility for what. Moreover, this complex constellation is itself embedded in a transnational economic structure. This allows gaps in human rights protection to open. This analysis reveals that new opportunities to take action are necessary. Transnational cooperation can help closing gaps in protection and provide more transparency.

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Author: Jan-Christian Niebank, Deniz Utlu

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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ISBN: 9783946499183 (PDF)
ISBN: 9783946499176 (Print)

40 Page Count

October 2017

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Análisis: Superar los vacíos
Cooperación internacional en materia de derechos humanos en el sector de las materias primas en Colombia y Latinoamérica

As the German energy sector has close ties with the Columbian mining sector, human rights issues in Colombia’s mining regions need to be seen in a transnational context. This translates into diverse options for action and shared responsibilities on both ends of the coal supply chain with respect to the human rights impacts. As the constellation of actors involved is complex, it is not always obvious who bears precisely what sort of responsibility for what. Moreover, this complex constellation is itself embedded in a transnational economic structure. This allows gaps in human rights protection to open. This analysis reveals that new opportunities to take action are necessary. Transnational cooperation can help closing gaps in protection and provide more transparency.

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Author: Jan-Christian Niebank, Deniz Utlu

Publisher: Instituto Alemán de Derechos Humanos

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ISBN: 978-3-946499-12-1 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-3-946499-11-4 (Print)

40 Page Count

October 2017

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ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation: The Arab Human Rights System (Arabic)

As a complement to the ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation, this annex explains the basic features of the Arab 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. The publication complements tools on the Asian, African, European and Inter-American human rights protection system.
Author: GIZ Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

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7 Page Count

October 2017

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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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ABC of Human Rights in German Development Cooperation: Human Rights in Asia

As a complement to the ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation, this annex explains the basic features of the Arab 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. The publication complements tools on the Asian, African, European and Inter-American human rights protection system.

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

14 pages

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June 2017

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ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation: The Arab Human Rights System

As a complement to the ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation, this annex explains the basic features of the Arab 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. The publication complements tools on the Asian, African, European and Inter-American human rights protection system.
Author: GIZ Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

10 pages
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Juni 2017

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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

Information

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

Statement

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)

Training material

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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