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Board of Trustees

Important note:
Due to restrictions following the efforts to counter the Corona pandemic, the elections for the six representatives of the German Institute for Human Rigths General Assembly of members, originally scheduled for 28 May 2020, had to be canceled. The elections to complete the statutory number of members of the Board of Trustees for its new term (1 June 2020 to 31 May 2024) will he held at the regular General Assembly on 29 October 2020.

As of 15 July 2020, the following individuals are members of the Board of Trustees:

Voting members


Judit Costa
National Coalition Germany - Network for the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Co-Head of Office
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 6 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (a) DIMR-statutes)

Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Center for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN)
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 4 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (c) DIMR-statutes)

Prof. Dr. Michael Krennerich
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nuremberg Human Rights Center (Nürnberger Menschenrechtszentrum - NMRZ)
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 6 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (a) DIMR-statutes)

Martin Lessenthin
International Society for Human Rights, German Section (Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte, Deutsche Sektion e.V.)
Chairman of the Board
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 5 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (c) DIMR-statutes)

Christian Mihr
Reporters without Borders (Reporter ohne Grenzen e. V.), Executive Director of the German section
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 6 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (a) DIMR-statutes)

Fabian Müller-Zetzsche
Sozialverband Deutschland e. V. - SoVD (German Welfare Society), Head of Department for Social Policy
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 2 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (d) DIMR-statutes)

Dr. Anja Nordmann
Deutscher Frauenrat e. V. (National Council of German Women's Organizations), Executive  Director
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 5 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (c) DIMR-statutes)

Prof. Dr. Christine Schirrmacher
University of Bonn, Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies, Department for Islamic Studies
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 4 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (c) DIMR-statutes)

Frank Schwabe
Member of the German Bundestag, Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 3 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (b) DIMR-statutes)

Prof Dr. Matthias Zimmer
Member of the German Bundestag, Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid
(Member acc. § 6 para. 2 Nr. 3 DIMRG / § 24 para. 1 (b) DIMR-statutes)

Non-voting members

Jürgen Dusel
Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities
(Member acc. § 6 para. 3 Nr. 5 DIMRG / § 24 para. 2 DIMR-statutes)

Dr. Bernd Fabritius
Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Ethnic German Resettlers and National Minorities
(Member acc. § 6 para. 3 Nr. 4 DIMRG / § 24 para. 2 DIMR-statutes)

Dr. Bärbel Kofler
Federal Foreign Office
Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid
(Member acc. § 6 para. 3 Nr. 2 DIMRG / § 24 para. 2 DIMR-statutes)

Dr. Michael Maier-Borst
Office of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration
Head of Division for matters relating to asylum and refugees
(Member acc. § 6 para. 3 Nr. 1 DIMRG / § 24 para. 2 DIMR-statutes)

Birgit Pickel
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Head of sub-department 40 - Democracy; Human Rights; Equality; Social Development
(Member acc. § 6 para. 3 Nr. 6 DIMRG / § 24 para. 2 DIMR-statutes)

Dr. Miriam Saati
Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Head of sub-department for Children and Youth,
(Member acc. § 6 para. 3 Nr. 7 DIMRG / § 24 para. 2 DIMR-statutes)

Mareike Wittenberg
Federal Ministry of Defence
Head of Constitutional Law Division,
(Member acc. § 6 para. 3 Nr. 8 DIMRG / § 24 para. 2 DIMR-statutes)
 
Dr. Almut Wittling-Vogel
Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Matters,
(Member acc. § 6 para. 3 Nr. 3 DIMRG / § 24 para. 2 DIMR-statutes)

TBA (representative of the Bundesrat)
(Member acc. § 6 para. 3 Nr. 9 DIMRG / § 24, para. 2 DIMR-statutes)

Honorary Chairman

Werner Lottje (1946–2004)
Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2003, former Head of the Human Rights department in the Social Service Agency of the Diakonisches Werk of the Protestant Church in Germany