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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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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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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.

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Annual report

September 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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Human Rights and Gender Components of UN and EU Peace Operations

Author: Jeannette Böhme

Study

ISBN: 978-3-937714-73-8

56 p.

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Study

October 2008

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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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The ESDP Crisis Management Operations of the European Union and Human Rights

The promotion and protection of human rights is one of the primordial objectives of the foreign policy of the European Union – and thus of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). It is a guiding principle for military operations of the European Union; and with the strengthening of civil-military co-operation and the development of purely civil instruments for crisis management human rights protection should and will rise in importance for crisis management operations of the European Union. The study examines the role human rights protection plays today in ESDP operations. It comes to the conclusion that from a normative perspective, a solid set of human rights rules and guidelines for ESDP have been developed. In practice, though, the integration of human rights components or human rights advisors as well as gender advisors in the ESDP missions has only just begun. The study concludes with a set of recommendations for strengthening human rights as an element of the ESDP.

 

Authors: Jana Arloth, Frauke Seidensticker

Study

ISBN: 978-3-937714-45-5 (PDF)

67 p.

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Study

April 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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The International Fight against Terrorism and the Protection of Human Rights - With Recommendations to the German Government and Parliament

This publication is a shortened version of the study "Internationale Terrorismusbekämpfung und Menschenrechte. Entwicklungen 2003/2004" (The International Fight against Terrorism and the Protection of Human Rights). The English version takes into account two new reports that came out after the publication of the original German version in August 2004. It focuses on the question of how governments can thwart terrorism and terrorists, actual as well as putative, and on control measures that might prevent the violation of human rights. It also looks at German military operations abroad and formulates recommendations for the German government and parliament. The study is intended for persons interested in this subject who work in politics, academia and the media and, not least, for the general public.

 

Authors: Wolfgang S. Heinz, Jan-Michael Arend

Study

ISBN: 3-937714-07-3

43 p.

(PDF, 253 KB, not barrier-free)

Study

August 2005

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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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Human Rights on the Defensive? The Future of the Commission on Human Rights in the Context of United Nations Human Rights Protection

Authors: Jochen Motte, Wolfgang S. Heinz

Study

56 p.

(PDF, 365 KB, not barrier-free)

January 2004

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2002

In 2002, the German Institute for Human Rights, founded in March 2001, undertook some major steps in the direction of a functioning human rights institution, a valuable research institute and a service point for information on human rights in Germany in 2002. This report provides an overview of the important developments.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

23 p.

(PDF, 188 KB, not barrier-free)

Annual report

August 2003

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