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Annual Report 2013

The German Institute for Human Rights presents its focus of activities in 2013.  Read about the Institute’s positioning and priority-setting in respect to diverse human rights challenges. Get to know the individual departments and their thematic areas and learn more about facts and figures for 2013.

(PDF, 2,4 MB)

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual report

ISBN: 978-3-945139-69-1 (PDF)
ISSN: 1869-0564 (PDF)

51 Page Count

December 2014

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Transnational Cooperation in Business and Human Rights. A model for analysing and managing NHRI networks

The paper presents the state of the art of cooperation among National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) within the area of business and human rights and highlights perspectives for further development. The results are drawn from consultations with NHRIs in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. In addition to providing practical guidance, the paper develops a model for a general network strategy adapted to the needs of NHRIs and dealing with transnational business and human rights issues. However, the model may also be used by civil society organizations.

Authors: Christopher Schuller, Deniz Utlu

Study

ISBN 978-3-945139-43-1 (PDF)
ISBN 978-3-945139-44-8 (Print)

44 p.

(PDF, 593 KB)

Study

December 2014

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Promising Practices: Effective Participation of Zambian Civil Society Organisations in the United Nations Universal Periodic Review

In the context of Zambia’s latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012, the Civil Society Participation Programme (CSPP) supported a coalition of civil society organisations (CSO’s). The programme is implemented by GIZ and aimed at turning the UPR into a broad and participatory process to achieve more commitment towards the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights in Zambia. The publication describes the measures applied by the programme to achieve this as well as its impact and challenges. It concludes with lessons learnt.

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

4 pages

(PDF, 306 KB)

DC Promising Practices

December 2014

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Children’s and young people’s rights in development cooperation

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. 

(PDF, 927 KB)

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

Publisher: Im Auftrag des BMZ herausgegeben von der GIZ, in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Institut für Menschenrechte und der KfW

Training material

109 Page Count

November 2014

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ABC of Childrens Rights: J for Juvenile Justice

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 10 provides guidance in dealing with children in conflict with the law, who are children, alleged as or accused of having committed a criminal offence and those who have been convicted with infringing criminal law.

ISBN 978-3-945139-21-9 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-22-6 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

7 p.

(PDF 445 KB, barrier free)

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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ABC of Childrens Rights - A for Aims and E for Education

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 1 is about the importance of access to education for every child without discrimination and of the quality of education.

ISBN 978-3-945139-17-2 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-18-9 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

5 p.

PDF 459 KB

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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Promoting the Human Right to Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Development Cooperation

The right to freedom of expression and access to information falls within the category of civil and political rights. As an ‘empowering right’, it facilitates the implementation of other human rights such as the right to participation in political and public life. The ability to exercise this right is also a key precondition for economic and social development and good governance. This e-info-tool defines and clarifies the scope of the human right to freedom of expression and access to information. It gives an overview of the structures in place to protect and implements this right, and provides information on the role of development cooperation in this context.

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

7 pages

(PDF, 213)

DC E-Info-Tool

November 2014

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Promoting the Human Right to Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Development Cooperation

The right to freedom of expression and access to information falls within the category of civil and political rights. As an ‘empowering right’, it facilitates the implementation of other human rights such as the right to participation in political and public life. The ability to exercise this right is also a key precondition for economic and social development and good governance. This e-info-tool defines and clarifies the scope of the human right to freedom of expression and access to information. It gives an overview of the structures in place to protect and implements this right, and provides information on the role of development cooperation in this context.

 

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

7 pages

(PDF, 213 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

November 2014

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ABC of Children's Rights: H for Right to be heard

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute for has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 12 offers guidance on how to implement the child’s right to be heard in different settings and situations (article 12 Convention on the Rights of the Child).

ISBN 978-3-945139-23-3 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-24-0 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

7 p.

(PDF 444 KB, barrier free)

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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ABC of Children's Rights: NHRI for National Human Rights Institutions

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 2 is about the role and characteristics of 'independent human rights institutions for children.'

ISBN 978-3-945139-19-6 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-20-2 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

5 p.

(PDF 455 KB, barrier free)

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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Das Menschenrecht auf Meinungsfreiheit und Zugang zu Information in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

Die Verwirklichung des Rechts auf Meinungsfreiheit und Zugang zu Information zählt zu den politisch-bürgerlichen Menschenrechten und fördert die Umsetzung anderer Menschenrechte, wie beispielsweise des Rechts auf Teilnahme an öffentlichen Angelegenheiten. Gleichzeitig ist seine Verwirklichung eine wichtige Voraussetzung für wirtschaftliche und soziale Entwicklung sowie für gute Regierungsführung. Dieses elektronische Info-Tool erläutert Inhalt und Umfang des Menschenrechts auf Meinungsfreiheit und Zugang zu Information. Dabei werden Strukturen zum Schutz und zur Durchsetzung dieses Rechts vorgestellt und relevante Anknüpfungspunkte zur Entwicklungszusammenarbeit aufgezeigt.

Autor: GIZ-Sektorprogramm: "Menschenrechte umsetzen in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit"

7 Seiten

(PDF, 425 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

November 2014

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Promising Practices: Health – Reproductive Health and Rights Youths’ Access to Information in Yemen

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

4 pages

(PDF, 306 KB)

DC Promising Practices

September 2014

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Business and Human Rights – The Role of National Human Rights Institutions

This report presents developments in the business and human rights agenda with a focus on the specific role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), it lays a focus on the Berlin Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. A stocktaking of worldwide NHRI action in this field is also included.

ISBN 978-3-942315-91-3 (PDF)

32 p.

(PDF, 360 KB, not barrier-free)

Documentation

August 2014

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Water for Food: a Human Rights Obligation
How States can Manage Conflicts Between the Human Right to Water and the Human Right to Adequate Food

While the right to water is a universal human right, water resources are limited. The single largest consumer of water globally is agriculture with its function to safeguard the right to adequate food. At the same time, water resources available for human consumption are decreasing, and more and more countries face water shortages.

Conflicts related to water will become a serious issue. Local authorities as well as state governments need to develop mechanisms and criteria that allow them to decide which claims for water have priority and to settle disputes over access to, and availability of, water before conflicts escalate.

This study argues and describes a human rights-based approach for defining priorities both at national and local levels.

Author: Michael Windfuhr

28 p.

ISBN 978-3-945139-14-1 (PDF)

(PDF, 229 KB)

Study

July 2014

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ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation: The Inter-American Human Rights System

This tool complements the "ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation" explains the basic features of the Inter-American Human Rights System relevant for development practitioners working in the Inter-American context. A similiar tool is  available for African Human Rights System. Contains many links.

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

DC-E-Info-Tool

6 p.

(PDF, 325 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

June 2014

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Promising Practices: Adequate housing: Urban development planning in Brazil & participation, habitability and accessibility

In Fortaleza the German Development Service (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst, DED) supported the two partner organisations Nuhab, a network of non-governmental actors, and Habitafor, the Municipal Agency for Social Housing in Fortaleza. The objective of the cooperation was to facilitate local development processes to achive human living conditions for the urban poor. The document describes the processes in Fortaleza and concludes with lessons learned.

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

4 pages

(PDF, 256 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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