Human Rights Report 2019


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Human Rights Report 2019

On 4 December 2019, the German Institute for Human Rights published its fourth 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 fourth report covers the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. 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 international human rights protection
  • Homelessness: Provision of Accommodation by Municipalities
  • Human Rights Education: Quality Criteria for the Training of Early Childhood Education Professionals
  • Non-judicial Remedy for Persons Affected by Business-Related Human Rights Abuses Abroad
  • Developments in issues covered in previous reports

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 official documents by the German Bundestag and the parliaments of Germany’s federal states. Moreover, the Institute conducted interviews with experts and affected persons.


Human Rights Report 2019 Executive Summary

Materials for the press release on 4th December 2019 (German only):
Press release (04.12.2019)


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

Dr. Claudia Engelmann
Researcher and Policy Adviser
Human Rights Report to the German Bundestag
Phone: +49 30 25 93 59 - 471
e-mail: engelmann(at)