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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

Information

8 Page Count

May 2017

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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

(PDF, 377 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

January 2016

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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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Selected Resources on Justice Sector Reform and Human Rights

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

3 pages

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DC Link List

March 2015

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Selected Resources on Human Rights-Based Monitoring and Evaluation

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

3 pages

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DC Link List

March 2015

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Überprüfung Deutschlands durch den UN-Antirassismus-Ausschuss 2015: Informationen zu zivilgesellschaftlichen Beteiligungsmöglichkeiten

Der UN-Antirassismus-Ausschuss wird auf seiner Sitzung vom 27. April bis 15. Mai 2015 den Staatenbericht Deutschlands behandeln. Damit überprüft der Ausschuss, wie Deutschland seine Verpflichtungen aus der UN-Antirassismus-Konvention (ICERD) umgesetzt hat und spricht Empfehlungen für weitere Handlungsschritte aus. Zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen können sich an dem Verfahren beteiligen. Das Informationsblatt informiert in aktualisierter Fassung über Beteiligungsmöglichkeiten.

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4 S.

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February 2015

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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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Promising Practices: Local Governance - Accountable Public Services in Indonesia

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

4 pages

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DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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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.

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Annual report

October 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.

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DC FAQs

November 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.

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Annual report

July 2012

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Conference on Enforced Disappearances Berlin, 25 April 2012

On 25 April 2012, the German Institute for Human Rights, the Nuremberg Human Rights Centre and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg co-hosted an international conference on enforced disappearances in Berlin. This documentation provides a retrospective of the conference.
The hosts' intention behind the conference was to bring together a select group of international experts from the fields of human rights and public international law to discuss a number of core issues and to raise public awareness with regard to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CPED). The CPED is the youngest of the so-called core international human rights treaties elaborated within the United Nations.

Documentation

ISBN 9678-3-942315-99-9 (PDF)

44 p.

(PDF, 723 KB)

Documentation

June 2012

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New Prospects for Human Rights? The Human Rights Council between the Review Process and the Arab Spring

Author: Theodor Rathgeber

Editor: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte, Forum Menschenrechte

ISBN 978-3-86498-063-3

23 p.

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March 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. 

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Annual report

December 2011

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Reviewing the UN Human Rights Council: Perspectives from Civil Society

Author: Theodor Rathgeber

Editor: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte, Forum Menschenrechte

ISBN 978-3-86872-497-4

13 p.

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Other publications

November 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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National Human Rights Institutions - An Introduction

The publication aims to introduce the concept of National Human Rights Institutions, which forms an important component in human rights protection. The publication also seeks to draw attention to the ideas behind the foundation of the German Institute for Human Rights. The Resolution 'to establish an Institute for Human Rights', which was passed by the German Bundestag on 7 December 2000, made explicit reference to the Paris Principles.

 

Author: Valentin Aichele

ISBN: 978-3-937714-99-8 (PDF)

32 p.

(PDF, 4,2 MB)

Manual

July 2010

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Policy Paper No. 13: The Durban Review Conference - Why the EU Governments Should Participate

At the Third World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in Durban in 2001, governments committed themselves to take a number of practical measures against racism. A general review of these commitments is to take place at a United Nations Conference in Geneva in late April 2009. Known as the Durban Review, the planned conference has been the focus of fierce controversy. To contribute towards a better understanding of the situation, the paper will discuss some of the background and history behind the dispute.

 

Author: Heiner Bielefeldt

Policy Paper

ISSN: 1614-2195

10 p.

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Policy Paper

March 2009

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