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Assessing Human Rights Risks and Impacts
Perspectives from corporate practice

This publication provides an insight into the corporate practice and experience of companies in assessing human rights risks and impacts. It is not a general guide, nor does it attempt to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the approaches in question. The examples and lessons learned are presented from the perspective of the companies concerned. They were selected with a view to providing an overview of several different approaches used by companies to assess human rights risks and impacts.
The examples describe only one element of the full range of human rights due diligence measures implemented by each company. They do not represent an endorsement of the overall performance of the company in question in the field of human rights.

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Publisher: UN Global Compact and the Global Compact Network Germany, Twenty Fifty Ltd., German Institute for Human Rights

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46 Page Count

July 2016

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Children's and young people's rights in development cooperation
Methods and guidelines for practical implementation

Germany and virtually all the countries partaking in German development cooperation have ratified the UNCRC and are committed to implementing it. Nevertheless, many states are still not honouring their commitments regarding human and children’s rights. In consequence millions of young people are left without an opportunity to exercise their rights.
 
The want of practical knowledge regarding children’s and young people’s right called for this methodical guide to practical implementation. The United Nations’ human rights protection system forms the basis to this guide, along with associated instruments of the United Nations, especially the work of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The methodical guide also incorporates experience gained during a pilot phase with multipliers in Kirgizstan, Guatemala, and Burkina Faso in 2013/14. It is a suitable handout for two and a half day workshops on children’s and young people’s rights, but may also be used as toolbox for human and children’s rights education within the various sector focuses of German development cooperation. 

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The published work can be ordered free of charge from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Mail: i-punkt@giz.de)

Training material

124 Page Count

March 2016

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Menschenrechtliche Risiken und Auswirkungen ermitteln
Perspektiven aus der Unternehmenspraxis

Diese Broschüre erläutert die Anforderungen an menschenrechtliche Folgenabschätzungen und Risikoanalysen durch Unternehmen, welche sich aus den Leitprinzipien für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte der Vereinten Nationen ergeben. Fünf Fallbeispiele bieten Einblicke in die unternehmerische Praxis und verdeutlichen die Möglichkeiten für Unternehmen, die Wahrung der Menschenrechte in ihren Tätigkeiten zu gewährleisten.

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Publisher: Herausgeber: Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk, Twenty Fifty Ltd., Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

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44 Page Count

February 2016

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aktuell 08/2015: Germany's Accession to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The German Institute for Human Rights requests the German Parliament to postpone  the ratification of the accession to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The first proposal for the environmental and social standards of the AIIB, circulated in September 2015, as well as the consultation practice so far do not meet the human rights sophistication required of a multilateral development and investment bank; the information and disclosure policy has yet to be written. Germany’s Bundestag should seize the op-portunity of AIIB accession to create transparency and reporting requirements for Germany’s participation in the framework of multilateral organizations and to anchor the necessary pro¬cedures and instruments into national law for the first time.

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Author: Andrea Kämpf

ISSN: 2190-9121 (PDF)

4 Page Count

January 2016

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Promising Practices: Strengthening the African human rights system

Most African states have enshrined human rights in their respective constitutions. However, national justice systems often lack the capacities to deal with human rights violations or the political situation in some countries does not allow for an independent, strong judiciary. At the regional level, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights - established in 2004 by the African Union - and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (set up in 1987) have great potential to fill this protection gap at the national level and contribute to the promotion of human rights on the continent.  In 2007, German development cooperation set up the project „Strengthening the African Court on Human and Peoples‘ Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to contribute to the improvement of the African human rights protection mechanism. This Promising Practice describes the measures implemented by the project as well as its impact and lessons learned.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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DC Promising Practices

January 2016

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ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation: The African Human Rights System

As a complement to the ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation, this annex explains the basic features of the African human rights protection system. It is intended as an overview of the regional human rights system for development practitioners. The tool contains many links to external ressources. A similar tool is offered on the Inter-American human rights protection system.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

11 pages

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DC E-Info-Tool

December 2015

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Promising Practices: Consult - Consent - Cooperate: Integrating indigenous practices in biodiversity conservation in the Agusan Marsh, Mindanao, Philippines

In the management of protected biodiversity areas, indigenous knowledge systems and practices, particularly those concerning conservation, have not been fully recognised in the Philippines. Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), as embedded in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Acts (IPRA) of the Philippines, to ensure the participation of indigenous peoples in decisions-making when programmes, projects and activities affect ancestral domains has not been effectively implemented by governmental institutions. In 2011, the Philippine and German Governments agreed on working together on ‘Indigenous Practices for the Conservation of Biodiversity’ under the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management Program (COSERAM) with the aim of fully implementing FPIC policy under the IPRA. This Promising Practice describes impacts and challenges of the Philippine-German Programme and concludes with lessons learnt.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

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DC Promising Practices

November 2015

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"Just head-banging won’t work." How state donors can further human rights of LGBTI in development cooperation and what LGBTI think about it

The study shows why development cooperation should further human rights of LGBTI. It illustrates how LGBTI activists are working, the challenges they are facing and their experiences with donors in development cooperation. It also outlines the international and regional human rights frameworks as they relate to sexual orientation and gender identity and reviews the extraterritorial obligations of donor countries in development cooperation. Two human rights instruments are examined  – the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) – with a view to how they are useful in promoting HR related to SOGI on the national and local level.

Author: Andrea Kämpf

67 pages

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Study

October 2015

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Comments on the AIIB’s Draft Environmental and Social Framework dated 3rd August 2015

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is scheduled to start operations January 1st 2016. Like "classic" development banks, the AIIB will dispose over Environmental and Social Standards, which are supposed to ensure that its financing doesn't cause or further environmental or social harm. AIIB's interim secretariat has opened a draft of the future environmental and social framework for consultation. The German Institute for Human Rights has contributed to this process with a submission.

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Publisher: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

Statement

8 Page Count

October 2015

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Policy Paper Nr. 32: Effektiver Schutz vor geschlechtsspezifischer Gewalt – auch in Flüchtlingsunterkünften

Der Schutz vor geschlechtsspezifischer Gewalt in Flüchtlingsunterkünften weist erhebliche Defizite auf. Die Europaratskonvention gegen Gewalt gegen Frauen sieht detaillierte Verpflichtungen des Staates zum Schutz vor Gewalt vor. Diese beziehen sich auch auf geflüchtete Frauen, die aufgrund der strukturellen und rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen ihres Lebens in Unterkünften in ihrer Autonomie, ihrem Zugang zum Recht und damit in ihrer Wehrfähigkeit eingeschränkt sind.

Das Papier gibt konkrete und detaillierte Empfehlungen für eine menschenrechtskonforme Weiterentwicklung des Gewaltschutzsystems für Asylsuchende und Geduldete in Flüchtlingsunterkünften.

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Author: Heike Rabe

Policy Paper

ISBN: 978-3-945139-71-4 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-3-945139-72-1 (Print)
ISSN: 1614-2195 (PDF)
ISSN: 1614-2187 (Print)

28 Page Count

August 2015

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aktuell 3/2015: Sustainable Development Goals. An opportunity for the realisation of human rights in and by Germany

In September 2015, the Heads of State and Government of all UN Member States will gather in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are intended to result in sustain able advancements in economic, social and environmental issues. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs will apply to all countries equally. This means that the SDGs need to be implemented through German foreign and development policy, but also and especially in Germany itself, in policy areas such as education, poverty and employment. Which opportunities do the SDGs offer for politics and society in Germany? This issue of "aktuell" offers information on the current stage of the debate and makes proposals for how human rights can facilitate the SDG process and how the SDGs can in turn help realize human rights.

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Author: Julia Kercher, Claudia Mahler

ISSN: 2190-9121 (PDF)

4 Page Count

June 2015

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Concluding observations on the initial report of Germany

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has laid down the final edition of its concluding observations regarding Germany on May 13. 2015. This final document exposes problems, addresses points of concern, and sets down recommendation for Germany. While these concluding observations are not legally binding, they emphasize significant points within the CRPD framework for further implementation of the Convention.

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11 Page Count

May 2015

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Stellungnahme des Instituts zur Öffentlichen Anhörung des Ausschusses für Menschenrechte und humanitäre Hilfe "Elfter Bericht der Bundesregierung über ihre Menschenrechtspolitik" am 6. Mai 2015

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Author: Prof. Dr. Beate Rudolf

Statement

7 Page Count

May 2015

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Parallel Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Parallelbericht an den UN-Fachausschuss für die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen anlässlich der Prüfung des ersten Staatenberichts Deutschlands gemäß Artikel 35 der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention.
Monitoring-Stelle zur UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention. Berlin, März 2015.

Author: Monitoring-Stelle zur UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention

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39 Page Count

April 2015

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Parallelbericht an den UN-Fachausschuss für die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen

Parallelbericht an den UN-Fachausschuss für die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen anlässlich der Prüfung des ersten Staatenberichts Deutschlands gemäß Artikel 35 der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention.
Monitoring-Stelle zur UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention. Berlin, März 2015.

Author: Monitoring-Stelle zur UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention

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38 Page Count

April 2015

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Parallel Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Parallel Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the context of the examination of the Initial Report of Germany under Article 35 of the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities.
National Monitoring Body for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Berlin, March 2015

Publisher: Monitoring-Stelle zur UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention

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39 Page Count

April 2015

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Selected Resources on Energy, Climate, Environment and Human Rights

This annotated link collection serves as entry point to the topic “energy, climate, environment and human rights”. It gives an overview of the strategies of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on integrating the human rights-based approach in German development policy. It also contains links to UN documents relating to energy, climate, environment and human rights. Short introductions and thematic groupings allow for easy access to the resources provided.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

(PDF, 282 KB, not barrier-free)

DC Link List

March 2015

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Selected Resources on Justice Sector Reform and Human Rights

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Devleopment Cooperation"

3 pages

(PDF, 247 KB, not barrier-free)

DC Link List

March 2015

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Selected Resources on Sustainable Economic Development and Human Rights

This annotated link collection serves as entry point to the topic of “human rights and sustainable economic development”. It contains links to the strategies of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on integrating the human rights-based approach in German development policy, to relevant international human rights instruments and their monitoring mechanisms, to approaches on implementing the human rights-based approach in corporate processes and on the role civil society has in promoting such approaches. The collection also contains links to reports and studies on human rights impact assessments. Short introductions and thematic grouping allows for easy access to the resources provided.

Author: GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

4 pages

(PDF, 294 KB, not barrier-free)

DC Link List

March 2015

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