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Promising Practices: Improving Labour Rights in the Garment Industry in Bangladesh

In recent years Bangladesh has witnessed a sturdy annual economic growth that has mainly been due to the rapid development of the ready-made garment (RMG) sector of the textile industry. The RMG industry contributes to the realisation of livelihood rights of predominantly poor and unskilled workers with little income alternatives. At the same time violations of minimum human rights standards, such as unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, are commonplace. The objective of the Bangladesh-German programme ‘Promotion of the Social and Environmental Standards’ (PSES)’ is to improve social and environmental standards in the ready-made garment (RMG) industry. The publication describes how the programme has applied elements of a human-rights based approach, 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, 256 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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Promising Practices: Health - A Patients' Rights Charter in Cambodia

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

3 pages

(PDF, 298 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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Promising Practices: Islam, HIV and AIDS and Human Rights in Tanzania

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

4 pages

(PDF, 255 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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The Human Rights-Based Approach in German Development Cooperation

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

32 pages

(PDF, 1,22 MB, barrier-free)

DC E-Info-Tool

May 2014

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Promising Practices: Education - Setting participation in motion for education in Peru

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

4 pages

(PDF, 177 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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Promising Practices: Local Governance - Accountable Public Services in Indonesia

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

4 pages

(PDF, 290 KB)

DC Promising Practices

May 2014

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Austerity and Human Rights in Europe - Perspectives and Viewpoints from Conferences in Brussels and Berlin 12 and 13 June 2013

The documentation of the conference organised by the German Institute for Human Rights and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) on the 12th and 13th of June 2013 in Brussel and Berlin explores the cutbacks on civil, political, but also economic, social and cultural rights in Spain, Greece and Ireland, as a result of austerity measures being implemented. Through context specific analyses and expert discussions, the need for making these measures human rights conform and for promoting cooperation between European National Human Rights Organizations is made evident.

Authors: Des Hogan, Francisco Fernández Marugán, Alan Miller, Ingrid Müller, David Poyser, Deniz Utlu, Michael Windfuhr

Documentation

ISBN: 978-3-945139-00-4 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-3-945139-01-1 (Print)

36 p.

(PDF, 3,1 MB, not barrier-free)

April 2014

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ABC of Children’s Rights: M for Monitoring and S for State Obligation

The systematic and periodic monitoring of whether and how human rights are enforced is an integral and key component of the implementation of human rights treaties. This also applies to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This publication provides insights for practitioners of German bilateral development cooperation on the State’s obligation to monitor the implementation of the CRC. It makes recommendations on what German bilateral development cooperation should undertake to fulfil this obligation, explains how this can be done, and identifies stakeholders who need to be involved.

Project "Children's Rights in Development"

ISBN 978-3-945139-08-0 (PDF)

6 p.

(PDF, 1.3 MB)

ABC of Children's Rights

March 2014

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Submission of the National CRPD Monitoring Body of Germany to the CRPD Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the occasion of the preparation of a list of issues by the Committee in the review of Germany's Initial Report in 2014

22 S.

(PDF, 289 KB)

Statement

March 2014

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A Model Human Rights Clause for the EU's International Trade Agreements

The study considers the implications of the Guiding Principles and how they might be implemented in practice. "States must protect against human rights abuse". Thus begins the first of the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted unanimously by the Human Rights Council in June 2011. The adoption of the Guiding Principles represents a moment of global consensus that states must shape their trade and economic policy in a way that consistently protects human rights. They must take appropriate steps to "prevent, investigate, punish and redress" human rights violations caused by economic activity. The Guiding Principles deal explicitly with international trade and investment agreements and make clear that states are expected to consistently fulfill their obligation to protect human rights across all these areas.

Author: Lorand Bartels

Study

ISBN 978-3-945139-02-8 (PDF)

44 p.

(PDF, 2 MB, not barrier-free)

Study

February 2014

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ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation: European Human Rights System

This tool complements the "ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation". It explains the basic features of the European Human Rights System relevant for development practitioners. A similiar tool is available for the African and the Inter-American Human Rights System.

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

DC-E-Info-Tool

6 p.

(PDF, 225 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

December 2013

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Annual Report 2012

Germany's National Human Rights Institution presents the focus points of its work in 2012 in interviews, debates, reports and comments. Find out more about Germany's state of affairs in the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva and where the UN sees room for improvement of the human rights situation in Germany; how the German Institute for Human Rights stresses international obligations with Amicus curiae briefs in ongoing proceedings; and what role courts should assume in the implementation of the UN CRPD.

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

Language: English

ISBN 978-3-942315-92-0 (Print)
ISSN 1869-0564 (Print)

58 pages

(PDF, 3.27 MB, barrier-free)

Annual report

December 2013

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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

According to UN estimates, more than 5,000 indigenous peoples with a population of at least 370 million are living in about 90 different countries. Nearly everywhere indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable groups. They are politically marginalised and experience cultural, social and economic discrimination.
This briefing paper for development practitioners provides basic knowledge about indigenous peoples’ rights, an overview of pressing indigenous peoples’ rights issues, and orientation on how development cooperation should systematically respect indigenous peoples’ rights and where it can enhance them.

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

8 p.

(PDF, 448 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

November 2013

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Respecting Human Rights
An introductory guide for business

This guide outlines the human rights opportunities and challenges faced by companies. Using examples from business practice, it outlines some key human rights that may be of particular relevance to entrepreneurship.

(PDF, 528 KB, not barrier-free)

Publisher: Global Compact Network Germany, twentyfifty Ltd., German Institute for Human Rights

Other publications

ISBN: 978-3-942315-77-7 (PDF)

34 Page Count

November 2013

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Human Rights Assessment of the German-Cambodian Land Rights Program (LRP)

The assessment of the German-Cambodian Land Rights Program analyses whether and how this development measure contributes to the progressive realization of human rights. It finds that the program needs to undertake significant efforts to reach additional vulnerable groups and to increase its accountability vis-à-vis the Cambodian population. In general, for development programmes to contribute to the realization of human rights, partners in the program need to have a clear human rights orientation, backed up by a governance structure in the respective sector which is conducive to participation, non-discrimination, transparency and accountability.

The assessment was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in May 2012. All views expressed in this study represent the opinion of the German Institute for Human Rights, as an independent National Human Rights Institution.

Author: Monika Lüke

51 p.

(PDF, 454 KB, not barrier free)

DC Reports of Consulting Missions

October 2013

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Jahresbericht 2012

Die Nationale Menschenrechtsinstitution Deutschlands stellt in Interviews, Gesprächen, Berichten, Porträts und Kommentaren die thematischen Schwerpunkte seiner Arbeit im Jahr 2012 vor. Lesen Sie mehr zu Deutschlands Abschneiden im UPR-Verfahren in Genf und wo die Vereinten Nationen Verbesserungspotenzial für die Menschenrechte in Deutschland sehen, wie das Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte Deutschlands internationale Verpflichtungen mit Amicus-Curiae-Stellungnahmen in laufenden Verfahren stärker zur Geltung bringt und welche Rolle die Gerichte bei der Umsetzung der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention spielen.

Herausgeber: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

Jahresbericht

ISBN 978-3-942315-68-5 (PDF)
ISSN 1869-0564 (PDF)

55 S.

(PDF, 4 MB)

Annual report

55 Page Count

October 2013

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Promising Practices: Justice Reform - Improving the Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh

Prisons in Bangladesh are severely overcrowded. This is due to an inefficient, irregular and anachronistic criminal justice system. Many people, particularly the poor, face severe violations of their human rights. The objective of the joint Bangladesh-German project ‘Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh’ (IRSOP) is to reduce prison overcrowding and improve legal protection for poor and vulnerable prisoners. There is a focus on speeding up the release of those detainees whose detention was unlawful or disproportionate, especially women, children and other disadvantaged groups.

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

4 p.

(PDF, 543 KB)

DC Promising Practices

September 2013

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Compilation - Promising Practices on the human rights-based approach in German development cooperation

This document provides information on various development cooperation programmes in different sectors and from countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. All programmes introduced have put into practice elements of a human rights-based approach, and the examples flesh out the added value of the human rights-based approach and its impact.

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

DC-Promising Practices

26 p.

(PDF, 2,49 MB)

DC Promising Practices

September 2013

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Promising Practice: Health - Ensuring inclusion and access to quality health care in Kenya

A majority of Kenyans faces difficulties in claiming their right to health including adequate healthcare. Since 2006, the German-Kenyan Health Sector Programme has adopted a human rights-based approach. Its objective is to improve equitable access – especially for the poor and marginalised groups comprising those affected by HIV/AIDS – to affordable and good quality healthcare, particularly in the area of reproductive health. The document describes impact and challenges of the German-Kenyan Health Sector Programme and concludes with lessons learned.

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

Promising Practices

4 p.

(PDF, 232 KB)

DC Promising Practices

July 2013

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