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National Human Rights Institutions in Post-Conflict Situations
Mandates, Experiences and Challenges

How do National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) address the negative human rights impacts of dictatorial regimes and violent conflict, and thus successfully contribute to transitional justice? This is the focus of this study, which presents examples from the experiences of the NHRIs in Afghanistan, Georgia and Uganda. The provision of justice for past and present violations of human rights should reduce impunity. Addressing the issue of transitional justice facilitates peace processes, but requires strong state institutions and the political will to act. When justice for past and present abuses is denied, conflicts linger on. ‘Peace-versus-justice’ is a false dichotomy, and one that the international community has rightly left behind. The study shows how three NHRIs have interacted with transitional justice aims and processes and draws lessons from what the NHRIs have learned while doing so.

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Author: Dr. Andrea Breslin, Dr. Anna Würth

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

ISBN: 978-3-945139-96-7 (PDF)

33 Page Count

December 2017

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The Search for Victims of Enforced Disappearance
How the human rights obligation to search can be successfully implemented

The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance obliges contracting State Parties to search for disappeared persons. An investigation has to be conducted into the location and circumstances of their disappearance and, in the event of their death, their remains identified and returned to their family. In many places, this search proves difficult in practice, and often the political will and/or the technical means for such a search are lacking. In such cases, international urgent actions can support those affected in the search for disappeared persons.

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Author: Dr. Christiane Schulz

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

ISSN: 25099493 (PDF)

6 Page Count

December 2017

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Development of the human rights situation in Germany July 2016–June 2017
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. The second report 2016 / 2017 covers the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

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Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual report

12 Page Count

December 2017

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Analysis: Calculated Risk
Economic versus Human Rights Requirements of Corporate Risk Assessments

Human rights risk assessments help corporations to identify potential adverse effects of their business activities on human rights in order to avoid them, reduce them or compensate those affected. Corporations differ in their understanding of what constitutes a "risk": a corporate risk assessment is about potentially adverse effects on returns on investments or operations. This analysis outlines the different concepts of risk in a human rights and in a business context and illustrates the potential impact this discrepancy can have in practice by using the example of a corporate risk assessment in the Colombian coal sector. From this analysis the Institute derives criteria for possible self-regulatory action on the part of state and business, which can make a human rights risk assessment a mandatory requirement for enterprises.

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Author: Deniz Utlu, Jan-Christian Niebank Herausgeber

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

ISBN: 9783946499060 (PDF)
ISBN: 9783946499053 (Print)

30 Page Count

November 2017

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Análisis: El cálculo del riesgo
Requisitos económics vs. requisitos en materia de derechos humanos en un análisis de riesgo empresarial

Human rights risk assessments help corporations to identify potential adverse effects of their business activities on human rights in order to avoid them, reduce them or compensate those affected. Corporations differ in their understanding of what constitutes a "risk": a corporate risk assessment is about potentially adverse effects on returns on investments or operations. This analysis outlines the different concepts of risk in a human rights and in a business context and illustrates the potential impact this discrepancy can have in practice by using the example of a corporate risk assessment in the Colombian coal sector. From this analysis the Institute derives criteria for possible self-regulatory action on the part of state and business, which can make a human rights risk assessment a mandatory requirement for enterprises.

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Author: Deniz Utlu, Jan-Christian Niebank

Publisher: Instituto Alemán de Derechos Humanos

Study

ISBN: 9783946499060 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-3-946499-21-3 (Print)

30 Page Count

November 2017

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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

Information

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

Study

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.

(PDF, 2,55 MB)

Author: Jan-Christian Niebank, Deniz Utlu

Publisher: Instituto Alemán de Derechos Humanos

Study

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.

(PDF, 64 KB)

Author: Lena Stamm, Dr. Judith Striek

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

Information

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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DC E-Info-Tool

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
(PDF, 289 KB)
Juni 2017

DC E-Info-Tool

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

Information

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

Information

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

Other publications

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

DC Promising Practices

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.

(PDF, 157 KB)

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.

(PDF, 2,61 MB)

Author: Gesamtredaktion: Dr. Petra Follmar-Otto, Anne Rennschmid

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

Other publications

110 Page Count

September 2016

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