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Audio files

For some of our topics we offer MP3 audio files.

We offer them in high quality (4 MB) and normal quality (1,5 MB). To listen to them you need a player.

If you don’t have a player installed on your computer you could - for example - download Windows Media Player. Download player here:

Windows Media Player

If the audio file is played too slowly or often interrupted your access to the internet might be too slow.

Alternatively you can download the MP3 files from our website to your computer.

Notice: Using the audio files for other than private aims is not allowed without written permission of the press office. You can contact the press office at the e-mail address: presse(at)

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The website of the German Institute for Human Rights was developed according to the valid standards for websites. As far as possible we considered and followed these standards:

  • Terms of the German „Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung“ (BITV),
  • the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the W3C,
  • valid CSS,
  • valid HTML code.

This website supports graphic output equipment like special browser as well as other assistive technologies like screen reader or speech output browser.

If you should yet hit on barriers on our website please send us an e-mail with a description where you hit on which barrier:

E-mail: presse(at)

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Browser compatibility

This website can be viewed in an optimal way with the current standard browsers. If you use an older browser variations of display are possible.

You can download current versions of different browsers from the websites of the producers:

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Data charts

All charts on this site are exclusively used for the depiction of tabular data. The attribution of row and column headers follows the common standards for barrier-free websites. Assisting programs are therefore capable of assigning the data cells to the respective captions.

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Printing function

The printing function allows the print of a site’s content in DIN A4 size without the menu bar, any headers and the marginal column appearing on the hard copy. You will find the printing function at the bottom of every site.

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Navigation options

You can browse the website of the German Institute for Human Rights with different means:

  • You may use the menu bar on the home page:
  • You find a linked overview of all available topics and categories in the sitemap.
  • You may use the full-text search to find the favoured document.

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Keyboard navigation

You can use this website also with your keyboard only. Most browsers allow to leap through all available links with the tabulator.

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PDF files

Most browsers come with an inbuilt PDF viewer that enables you to open the PDF files available on our website. You can also use a PDF reader. You can download this program for free on the following page:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

We have set us the goal to make all new PDF files available in barrier-free form. Already existing PDF files will not be revised and are not barrier-free.

If you need content from older PDF files in an easily accessible form, please write us an e-mail to the following address: presse(at)

We will try to provide you with the content in the desired way.

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Size of font

To change the font size, keep the Strg key pressed und move the scroll wheel on the mouse.

You can also change the font size through your browser options.

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Change of language

All non-English words on our website are tagged. This helps reading programs to choose the correct pronunciation.

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You will find the full-text search above the menu bar.

Search tips

  • Umlauts (ö, ä, ü) are recognized.
  • Use the ~ character at the end of a word to start a fuzzy search.
  • Use the + character to include a specific term in the search result.
  • Use synonyms and word variations during a repeated search.
  • se the detailed search to narrow down your result precisely.

Searching a word necessarily

A specific term you are looking for has to be part of the text. Include a + before the term. Take care that there’s no space character between the word and the +: +Bielefeldt.

Excluding a word

The search result shall not include a specific term. Use a – to exclude the term:
+Bielefeldt +lecture -Geneva = You are searching for lecture held by Mr. Bielefeldt not in Geneva.

Searching for a word that does not necessarily have to be part of the result

If you use neither + nor – you can do a facultative search:
Bielefeldt +lecture = Bielefeldt does not need to be included, lecture has to be included.

Searching for a related group of words

Enter the phrase or name with quotation marks:
"Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt".

Searching for variants of a term

Use the * at the end of a term: human* = searches for humanly, humane, humaneness etc. (You have to enter at least three letters prior to the * .)

Searching for terms where the precise spelling is unclear

Add a ~ directly to the term and similar words are searched: Bielefeld~ also finds "Bielefeldt".

Basic search

Use the basic search, ...

  • if you need your search result very quick;
  • if you have a very precise term you are looking for (otherwise the hit rate will be to high);
  • if you do not enter more than two or three items to narrow down your result.

In basic search you can work with the logical operators AND, OR, NOT, + or – (also see search tips).

Detailed search

Detailed search helps you...

  • to narrow down your result precisely;
  • to sort the hit list according to certain criteria;
  • to search for multiple terms with different weightings.

New search

New search means that previous entries are reset and that you can search for new terms and new attributes (+, -).

Refining the list

You have already looked for three terms with the detailed search, but you want to narrow down it even further. The "refining the list" function allows you to enter three additional search terms and filter the existing results with them.


  • Weighting describes the frequency with which the terms appear in the document. The summary shows the result of the weighting in percent.
  • The date tells you when the document was published.


PDF documents are searched as well.

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