Human Rights Report 2017


You are here: Human Rights Report >  Human Rights Report 2017

Human Rights Report 2017

On 6 December 2017, the German Institute for Human Rights published its second annual report on the human rights situation in Germany. The report is addressed to the German Bundestag (Section 2, subsection 5, Law on the legal status and the mandate of the German Institute for Human Rights, DIMR-Act).

The second report covers the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. The report is presented on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December. The DIMR-Act provides that the German Federal Parliament officially responds to the report.


  • Germany within the system of human rights protection
  • Topics of the previous report: Developments since July 2016
  • Organising everyday life in communal accommodation facilities in conformity with human rights principles
  • Refugees with disabilities: Identification, Accommodation, and Care
  • The right of children to contact with a parent held in prison

Data collection:

The report on the human rights situation is based on various sources of information and data. In part, the German Institute for Human Rights conducted its own qualitative studies in addition to the analysis of publicly available data, statistics, documents and studies including printed records of the German Bundestag and the parliaments of Germany’s federal states. Beyond this, for the Institute collected data for individual sections of the report through expert interviews, a public consultation, and a questionnaire to ministries of justice in Germany’s federal states.

Human Rights Report 2017 Short Version (PDF, 118 KB)

Materials for the press release at Dec. 6th 2017 (German only):

Press release (06.12.2017)

Press statement Prof. Dr. Beate Rudolf (06.12.2017) (PDF, 111 KB)

To top


Dr. Petra Follmar-Otto
Head of Unit Human Rights Policies Germany/Europe
Phone: +49 30 25 93 59 - 27
e-mail: follmar(at)