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Promoting the Human Right to Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Development Cooperation

The right to freedom of expression and access to information falls within the category of civil and political rights. As an ‘empowering right’, it facilitates the implementation of other human rights such as the right to participation in political and public life. The ability to exercise this right is also a key precondition for economic and social development and good governance. This e-info-tool defines and clarifies the scope of the human right to freedom of expression and access to information. It gives an overview of the structures in place to protect and implements this right, and provides information on the role of development cooperation in this context.

 

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

7 pages

(PDF, 213 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

November 2014

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ABC of Children's Rights: H for Right to be heard

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute for has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 12 offers guidance on how to implement the child’s right to be heard in different settings and situations (article 12 Convention on the Rights of the Child).

ISBN 978-3-945139-23-3 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-24-0 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

7 p.

(PDF 444 KB, barrier free)

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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ABC of Children's Rights: NHRI for National Human Rights Institutions

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 2 is about the role and characteristics of 'independent human rights institutions for children.'

ISBN 978-3-945139-19-6 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-20-2 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

5 p.

(PDF 455 KB, barrier free)

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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Promising Practices: Health – Reproductive Health and Rights Youths’ Access to Information in Yemen

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

4 pages

(PDF, 306 KB)

DC Promising Practices

September 2014

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Business and Human Rights – The Role of National Human Rights Institutions

This report presents developments in the business and human rights agenda with a focus on the specific role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), it lays a focus on the Berlin Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. A stocktaking of worldwide NHRI action in this field is also included.

ISBN 978-3-942315-91-3 (PDF)

32 p.

(PDF, 360 KB, not barrier-free)

Documentation

August 2014

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National Human Rights Institutions

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

DC-E-Info-Tool

9 p.

(PDF, 293 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

August 2014

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Water for Food: a Human Rights Obligation
How States can Manage Conflicts Between the Human Right to Water and the Human Right to Adequate Food

While the right to water is a universal human right, water resources are limited. The single largest consumer of water globally is agriculture with its function to safeguard the right to adequate food. At the same time, water resources available for human consumption are decreasing, and more and more countries face water shortages.

Conflicts related to water will become a serious issue. Local authorities as well as state governments need to develop mechanisms and criteria that allow them to decide which claims for water have priority and to settle disputes over access to, and availability of, water before conflicts escalate.

This study argues and describes a human rights-based approach for defining priorities both at national and local levels.

Author: Michael Windfuhr

28 p.

ISBN 978-3-945139-14-1 (PDF)

(PDF, 229 KB)

Study

July 2014

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ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation: The Inter-American Human Rights System

This tool complements the "ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation" explains the basic features of the Inter-American Human Rights System relevant for development practitioners working in the Inter-American context. A similiar tool is  available for African Human Rights System. Contains many links.

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

DC-E-Info-Tool

6 p.

(PDF, 325 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

June 2014

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Promising Practices: Adequate housing: Urban development planning in Brazil & participation, habitability and accessibility

In Fortaleza the German Development Service (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst, DED) supported the two partner organisations Nuhab, a network of non-governmental actors, and Habitafor, the Municipal Agency for Social Housing in Fortaleza. The objective of the cooperation was to facilitate local development processes to achive human living conditions for the urban poor. The document describes the processes in Fortaleza and concludes with lessons learned.

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

4 pages

(PDF, 256 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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Promising Practices: Improving Labour Rights in the Garment Industry in Bangladesh

In recent years Bangladesh has witnessed a sturdy annual economic growth that has mainly been due to the rapid development of the ready-made garment (RMG) sector of the textile industry. The RMG industry contributes to the realisation of livelihood rights of predominantly poor and unskilled workers with little income alternatives. At the same time violations of minimum human rights standards, such as unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, are commonplace. The objective of the Bangladesh-German programme ‘Promotion of the Social and Environmental Standards’ (PSES)’ is to improve social and environmental standards in the ready-made garment (RMG) industry. The publication describes how the programme has applied elements of a human-rights based approach, as well as its impact and challenges. It concludes with lessons learnt.  

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

4 pages

(PDF, 256 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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Promising Practices: Health - A Patients' Rights Charter in Cambodia

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

3 pages

(PDF, 298 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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Promising Practices: Islam, HIV and AIDS and Human Rights in Tanzania

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

4 pages

(PDF, 255 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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The Human Rights-Based Approach in German Development Cooperation

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

32 pages

(PDF, 1,22 MB, barrier-free)

DC E-Info-Tool

May 2014

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Promising Practices: Education - Setting participation in motion for education in Peru

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

4 pages

(PDF, 177 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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Promising Practices: Local Governance - Accountable Public Services in Indonesia

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

4 pages

(PDF, 290 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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Austerity and Human Rights in Europe - Perspectives and Viewpoints from Conferences in Brussels and Berlin 12 and 13 June 2013

The documentation of the conference organised by the German Institute for Human Rights and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) on the 12th and 13th of June 2013 in Brussel and Berlin explores the cutbacks on civil, political, but also economic, social and cultural rights in Spain, Greece and Ireland, as a result of austerity measures being implemented. Through context specific analyses and expert discussions, the need for making these measures human rights conform and for promoting cooperation between European National Human Rights Organizations is made evident.

Authors: Des Hogan, Francisco Fernández Marugán, Alan Miller, Ingrid Müller, David Poyser, Deniz Utlu, Michael Windfuhr

Documentation

ISBN: 978-3-945139-00-4 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-3-945139-01-1 (Print)

36 p.

(PDF, 3,1 MB, not barrier-free)

April 2014

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ABC of Children’s Rights: M for Monitoring and S for State Obligation

The systematic and periodic monitoring of whether and how human rights are enforced is an integral and key component of the implementation of human rights treaties. This also applies to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This publication provides insights for practitioners of German bilateral development cooperation on the State’s obligation to monitor the implementation of the CRC. It makes recommendations on what German bilateral development cooperation should undertake to fulfil this obligation, explains how this can be done, and identifies stakeholders who need to be involved.

Project "Children's Rights in Development"

ISBN 978-3-945139-08-0 (PDF)

6 p.

(PDF, 1.3 MB)

ABC of Children's Rights

March 2014

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Submission of the National CRPD Monitoring Body of Germany to the CRPD Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the occasion of the preparation of a list of issues by the Committee in the review of Germany's Initial Report in 2014

22 S.

(PDF, 289 KB)

Statement

March 2014

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A Model Human Rights Clause for the EU's International Trade Agreements

The study considers the implications of the Guiding Principles and how they might be implemented in practice. "States must protect against human rights abuse". Thus begins the first of the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted unanimously by the Human Rights Council in June 2011. The adoption of the Guiding Principles represents a moment of global consensus that states must shape their trade and economic policy in a way that consistently protects human rights. They must take appropriate steps to "prevent, investigate, punish and redress" human rights violations caused by economic activity. The Guiding Principles deal explicitly with international trade and investment agreements and make clear that states are expected to consistently fulfill their obligation to protect human rights across all these areas.

Author: Lorand Bartels

Study

ISBN 978-3-945139-02-8 (PDF)

44 p.

(PDF, 2 MB, not barrier-free)

Study

February 2014

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