As a member of the United Nations, Germany is obliged to promote “universal respect and observance” of human rights (UN Charter, Article 55 and 56) in all policy areas, including international cooperation. Germany thus has the same type of obligation as her partners. Furthermore, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights stipulates that states realise economic, social and cultural rights by means of international cooperation.
In the process of development cooperation Germany has the following specific obligations:
In its Concluding Observations (Word, 67 KB) (December 2010), the UN treaty body for the ICESCR urged Germany to make sure that development cooperation did not violate but contributes to human rights realization.
Deutsche Geschellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (2013): Promising Practices - On a human rights-based approach in German development cooperation. GIZ, 26 p.
Deutsche Geschellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (2011): National Human Rights Institutions. GIZ, 10 p.