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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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"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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Diskussionspapier Ergebnisse der Normenprüfung zum Berliner Wahlrecht

Das Diskussionspapier gibt die Ergebnisse der Normenprüfung des Berliner Wahlgesetzes und der Wahlordnung am Maßstab der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention (UN-BRK) wieder. Die Monitoring-Stelle fordert darin, das Wahlrecht auf alle (volljährigen) Menschen mit Behinderungen auszuweiten. Von Wahlrechtsausschlüssen betroffen sind Menschen mit Behinderungen, die unter Betreuung in allen Angelegenheiten stehen, sowie Menschen, die im Maßregelvollzug in einem psychiatrischen Krankenhaus untergebracht sind.

In dem Papier macht die Monitoring-Stelle deutlich, dass die derzeit im Berliner Wahlgesetz geregelten Ausschlüsse von Menschen mit Behinderungen nicht mit der UN-BRK vereinbar sind.
Neben dem Wahlrecht für die genannten Personen fordert die Monitoring-Stelle verbesserte Regelungen zur barrierefreien Ausgestaltung der Wahlen, beispielsweise bezüglich der Barrierefreiheit von Wahllokalen, Wahlbenachrichtigungen, Wahlmaterialien und Stimmzetteln.

Autor: Daniel Scherr

Diskussionspapier

44 S.

(PDF, 973 KB)

Other publications

February 2015

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Annual Report 2012

Germany's National Human Rights Institution presents the focus points of its work in 2012 in interviews, debates, reports and comments. Find out more about Germany's state of affairs in the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva and where the UN sees room for improvement of the human rights situation in Germany; how the German Institute for Human Rights stresses international obligations with Amicus curiae briefs in ongoing proceedings; and what role courts should assume in the implementation of the UN CRPD.

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

Language: English

ISBN 978-3-942315-92-0 (Print)
ISSN 1869-0564 (Print)

58 pages

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Annual report

December 2013

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Jahresbericht 2012

Die Nationale Menschenrechtsinstitution Deutschlands stellt in Interviews, Gesprächen, Berichten, Porträts und Kommentaren die thematischen Schwerpunkte seiner Arbeit im Jahr 2012 vor. Lesen Sie mehr zu Deutschlands Abschneiden im UPR-Verfahren in Genf und wo die Vereinten Nationen Verbesserungspotenzial für die Menschenrechte in Deutschland sehen, wie das Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte Deutschlands internationale Verpflichtungen mit Amicus-Curiae-Stellungnahmen in laufenden Verfahren stärker zur Geltung bringt und welche Rolle die Gerichte bei der Umsetzung der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention spielen.

Herausgeber: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

Jahresbericht

ISBN 978-3-942315-68-5 (PDF)
ISSN 1869-0564 (PDF)

55 S.

(PDF, 4 MB)

Annual report

October 2013

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Combating Discrimination: How a National Human Rights Institution can strengthen Civil Society Organisations - An Example of Good Practice

In this publication, the German Institute for Human Rights presents the project "Non-Discrimination: Competencies of Associations" as an example for the development of organisations' capacities in the field of equality and human rights. The project (2009 – 2011) aimed at strengthening the implementation and enforcement of non-discrimination rights through organisations, and thereby at promoting a general culture of non-discrimination and human rights in Germany. After an overview of the role of civil society organisations in the mobilisation of non-discrimination and equality rights, the aims, approaches, means and methods of the project will be set out. The publication ends with the results of the project and recommendations for the realisation of effective protection against discrimination.

Authors: Dr. Nina Althoff, Sera Choi

ISBN 978-3-942315-60-9 (PDF)

16 p.

(PDF, 185 KB)

Documentation

January 2013

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Frequently Asked Questions on the Human Rights-based Approach in Development Cooperation

Answers to frequently asked questions about a human rights-based approach in development cooperation. Numerous links to related subjects facilitate in-depth research. The FAQs are also available in German.

 

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

DC-FAQs

8 p.

(PDF, 503 KB)

DC FAQs

November 2012

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Written Contribution by the German Institute for Human Rights to the Thematic Discussion of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Racist Hate Speech (August 28th, 2012)

Statement

9 p.

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Statement

August 2012

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Jahresbericht 2011

Das Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte hat jetzt den Jahresbericht 2011 vorgelegt. Mit Interviews, Gesprächen, Berichten, Porträts und Kommentaren stellt er die Arbeitsschwerpunkte des Instituts - der Nationalen Menschenrechtsinstitution Deutschlands – vor. Leserinnen und Leser erfahren beispielsweise, warum rassistische Äußerungen kein Kavaliersdelikt sind, Hunger ein Menschenrechtsproblem ist, vor welchen Schwierigkeiten Menschen mit Behinderungen stehen, wenn sie in Deutschland ihr Wahlrecht ausüben wollen, oder wie Politikberatung im Deutschen Institut für Menschenrechte funktioniert.

Herausgeber: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

Jahresbericht

ISBN 978-3-942315-46-3 (PDF)
ISSN 1869-0564 (PDF)

60 S.

(PDF, 2,6 MB)

Annual report

July 2012

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2010

Editor: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

Annual Report

Languages: German, Englisch 

ISBN 978-3-942315-23-4 (PDF-Version)
ISSN 1869-0564 (Print-Version) 

72 p. 

(PDF, 721 KB)

Annual report

December 2011

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Daliluna - A Practical Manual for Capacity Building of Human Rights Trainers in Iraq

Daliluna, the first Arabic human rights manual for the training of trainers, is as an excerpt also available in English. The manual introduces methods of human rights education and provides modules on planning, implementation and evaluation of training courses. In addition, it offers the theoretical background on human rights issues that are relevant in the Arab region, such as discrimination, gender equality, prohibition of torture and the death penalty. 

Edited by: Capacity Building International (InWEnt gGmbH), Bonn

Implementing partner: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

In cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, Bagdad

Financed by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

English

56 p.

(PDF, 1,7 MB, not barrier-free)

Training material

October 2010

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2009

Editor: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

Annual Report

Languages: German, Englisch

ISBN 978-3-942315-04-3

ISSN 1869-0564 (PDF-Version)

48 p.

(PDF, 1,13 MB, not barrier-free)

Annual report

September 2010

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Daliluna - Arabic Manual for Human Rights Education

Daliluna is the first Arabic human rights manual for the training of trainers. The manual introduces methods of human rights education and provides modules on planning, implementation and evaluation of training courses. In addition, it offers the theoretical background on human rights issues that are relevant in the Arab region, such as discrimination, gender equality, prohibition of torture and the death penalty. The last part consists of a variety of activities to use in human rights trainings, ready to be used with different target groups.

 

Edited by: Capacity Building International (InWEnt gGmbH), Bonn

Implementing partner: German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin

In cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, Bagdad

Financed by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

ISBN: 978-3-939394-53- 2

Arabic

272 p.

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Training material

May 2010

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2008

One major area in which human rights have certainly come under pressure in recent years is security policy. This is a global phenomenon which includes Europe and Germany. The German Institute for Human Rights therefore paid special attention in 2008 to those security policy developments in Germany and Europe which threaten to diminish the value placed on rights to freedom. People often lose sight of the fact that there are human rights concerns behind apparently "technical" concepts such as data protection. The anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights therefore marked a welcome occasion for reflecting in concrete terms on the conditions people need to live their lives in dignity and liberty, including in the light of current security policy developments.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

ISSN: 1869-0564

48 p.

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Annual report

August 2009

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2007

With Germany holding the EU Presidency in the first half of the year, one of the main issues for the German Institute for Human Rights in 2007 was the human rights policy of the European Union. At the end of 2006 the Institute made recommendations to the German government about how to use its presidency to strengthen the human rights dimension of EU policy. These related to the EU's system of fundamental rights and to various policy fields such as data protection in internal security, guarding the EU's external borders, immigration and asylum, and the European Security and Defence Policy. At the end of 2007 the Institute took on the reporting function for Germany for the new EU Agency for Fundamental Rights that was founded in March 2007.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

ISBN: 978-3-937714-67-7

44 p.

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Annual report

February 2008

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2006

The Institute's summer 2006 lecture series "Slavery Today" marked the opening of a new priority area. It focuses on human rights tools with which to combat human trafficking, forced marriages and extreme forms of exploitation of labour. Great public attention was awarded to our study of the social human rights of elderly people under care (Soziale Menschenrechte älterer Personen in Pflege) which addressed structural and human rights deficits. The public presentation of the study set the stage for a series of consultations with representatives of politics, associations and science.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

43 p.

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Annual report

July 2007

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2005

In 2005 the Institute continued its campaign for a German signature and ratification of the Option Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The Institute held a conference and conducted numerous talks, on the federal as well as the individual states level, in order to promote this prevention oriented human rights instrument. The Institute also participated in the discussion on German anti-discrimination legislation triggered by the public presentation of a draft law in December 2004. In the face of an emotional and partly polemical public debate, the Institute emphasized the daily reality of discrimination in Germany and pointed out that human rights obligations cover combating discrimination by private actors, too.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

ISBN: 3-937714-25-1

42 p.

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Annual report

August 2006

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Report of the Advisory Mission. Strengthening the Human Rights Orientation of the GTZ supported Programme 'Promotion of the Private Sector in Agriculture'

The human rights-based approach in German Development Cooperation was piloted in Kenya. This report summarizes the outcomes of an advisory mission to the GTZ supported Programme Promotion of the Private Sector in Agriculture. It gives recommendations to German and Kenyan actors as to how to realize progressively the right to food and address discrimination of women and young people.

 

Author: Monika Lüke

DC-Reports of Consulting Missions

38 p.

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DC Reports of Consulting Missions

May 2006

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2004

In 2004 the institute placed great emphasis on a number of themes: By incessantly speaking out in favour of signing and ratifying the additional protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture, the institute lends its support to the prevention of torture and the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of people. At the same time, it also bolsters an international mechanism of prevention that can only produce tangible results once a sufficient number of signatories have ratified it. The institute's statements on the question of headscarves worn by Muslim women served to make the domestic debate more objective by adding a human rights perspective. The second half of the year was largely dominated by events organized in connection with the Concluding Observations on Germany of four United Nations treaty bodies on human rights, as well as by events in connection with the Third Report on Germany of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

43 p.

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Annual report

August 2005

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2003

Promotion of the implementation mechanisms of international human rights treaties, human rights dialogue with Islamic countries, human rights protection in a situation of increasing national and international security measures: these are but some of the activities of the German Institute for Human Rights in the year 2003. Publications and conferences organised by the Institute contributed to the development of strategies in human rights work in Germany and also informed experts and the general public about current issues including background information. Overall the Institute played an important part in promoting human rights education in Germany.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

32 p.

(PDF, 1,14 MB, not barrier-free)

Annual report

August 2004

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