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The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the United Nations Treaty Body Process

This handbook examines areas of cooperation between United Nations human rights treaty bodies and national human rights institutions. A review of a broad range of options for complementary activities between monitoring institutions at the national and the international level shows an enormous potential for improved implementation of international human rights law. Apart from publications and websites of national human rights institutions and from numerous documents by treaty bodies, the authors have drawn inspiration from discussions with the participants of the International Roundtable on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions and Treaty Bodies, held in Berlin in November 2006.

 

Authors: Amrei Müller, Frauke Seidensticker

Manual

ISBN: 978-3-937714-55-4

87 p.

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Manual

December 2007

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Documentation - Human Rights-based Approaches to Development - Workshop for Consultants, Facilitators and Advisors 2007

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

Documentation

22 p.

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Documentation

September 2007

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The Demands of Human and EU Fundamental Rights for the Protection of the European Union's External Borders - pre-publication excerpt

Author: Ruth Weinzierl

74 p.

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Study

September 2007

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Documentation - Human Rights-based Approach to Development - 2007

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

Documentation

77 p.

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Documentation

August 2007

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2006

The Institute's summer 2006 lecture series "Slavery Today" marked the opening of a new priority area. It focuses on human rights tools with which to combat human trafficking, forced marriages and extreme forms of exploitation of labour. Great public attention was awarded to our study of the social human rights of elderly people under care (Soziale Menschenrechte älterer Personen in Pflege) which addressed structural and human rights deficits. The public presentation of the study set the stage for a series of consultations with representatives of politics, associations and science.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

43 p.

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Annual report

July 2007

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Kenyan-German Development Cooperation in the Water Sector. Assessment from a Human Rights Perspective

The human rights-based approach in German Development Cooperation was piloted in Kenya. This report summarizes the outcomes of an advisory mission to the water sector reform programme. The report gives recommendations to German and Kenyan actors as to how to realize progressively the right to water.

 

Authors: Monika Lüke et al.

DC-Reports of Consulting Missions

51 p.

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DC Reports of Consulting Missions

June 2007

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Training on Human Rights-Based Approaches to Development. Experiences and Materials

This documentation discusses the differences in what is commonly known as human rights-based approaches. It also documents trainings for development practitioners done by the German Institute for Human Rights, as part of the GTZ-project 'Realising Human Rights in Development Cooperation', and Claiming Rights Changing Relationships (CR2).

 

Authors: Sheena Crawford, Anna Würth

DC-Traning Material

33 p.

(PDF, 333 KB, not barrier-free)

Training material

May 2007

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The ESDP Crisis Management Operations of the European Union and Human Rights

The promotion and protection of human rights is one of the primordial objectives of the foreign policy of the European Union – and thus of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). It is a guiding principle for military operations of the European Union; and with the strengthening of civil-military co-operation and the development of purely civil instruments for crisis management human rights protection should and will rise in importance for crisis management operations of the European Union. The study examines the role human rights protection plays today in ESDP operations. It comes to the conclusion that from a normative perspective, a solid set of human rights rules and guidelines for ESDP have been developed. In practice, though, the integration of human rights components or human rights advisors as well as gender advisors in the ESDP missions has only just begun. The study concludes with a set of recommendations for strengthening human rights as an element of the ESDP.

 

Authors: Jana Arloth, Frauke Seidensticker

Study

ISBN: 978-3-937714-45-5 (PDF)

67 p.

(PDF, 373 KB, not barrier-free)

 

Study

April 2007

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The UN Migrant Workers Convention. An Instrument to Strengthen Migrants' Rights in Germany

Author: Katharina Spieß

ISBN: 978-3-937714-38-7 (hardcover)

8 p.

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Other publications

March 2007

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Applying a Human Rights-Based Approach in Primary Education. Overview and Recommendations to the Education Quality Programme in Guatemala

The human rights-based approach in German Development Cooperation was piloted in Guatemala. The GTZ advisory mission to the GTZ supported Education Quality Programme (PACE) aimed at facilitating a critical reflection on the current human rights orientation of PACE. The report summarizes the main findings and makes suggestions for a more systematic use of human rights in the programme.

 

Author: Hilde Hey

DC-Reports of Consulting Missions

13 p.

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DC Reports of Consulting Missions

February 2007

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Strengthening the Human Rights Orientation of the Smallholder Irrigation Programme Mount Kenya Region

This report summarizes the outcomes of an advisory mission to the German-Kenyan Smallholder Irrigation Programme, implemented by GTZ. The report argues that the programme so far has focused strongly on the economics of smallholder irrigation, and not included poor peasants or those with negligible assets. Taking Kenyan human rights obligations into account, the author recommends to adjust the aims and indicators of the programme, in order to have positive impacts for hitherto excluded rights-bearers.

Author: Monika Lüke

DC-Reports of Consulting Missions

33 p.

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DC Reports of Consulting Missions

August 2006

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2005

In 2005 the Institute continued its campaign for a German signature and ratification of the Option Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The Institute held a conference and conducted numerous talks, on the federal as well as the individual states level, in order to promote this prevention oriented human rights instrument. The Institute also participated in the discussion on German anti-discrimination legislation triggered by the public presentation of a draft law in December 2004. In the face of an emotional and partly polemical public debate, the Institute emphasized the daily reality of discrimination in Germany and pointed out that human rights obligations cover combating discrimination by private actors, too.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

ISBN: 3-937714-25-1

42 p.

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Annual report

August 2006

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Strengthening Human Rights in the German-Kenyan Development Cooperation in the Health Sector. Report of the Advisory Mission

The human rights-based approach in German Development Cooperation was piloted in Kenya. This report summarizes the outcomes of an advisory mission to the German-Kenyan programme in the health sector. The report gives recommendations to German and Kenyan actors as to how to realize progressively the right to health, reproductive rights and health and tackle health system finance.

 

Authors: Ilse Worm et al.

DC-Reports of Consulting Missions

41 p.

(PDF, 363 KB, not barrier-free)

DC Reports of Consulting Missions

May 2006

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Report of the Advisory Mission. Strengthening the Human Rights Orientation of the GTZ supported Programme 'Promotion of the Private Sector in Agriculture'

The human rights-based approach in German Development Cooperation was piloted in Kenya. This report summarizes the outcomes of an advisory mission to the GTZ supported Programme Promotion of the Private Sector in Agriculture. It gives recommendations to German and Kenyan actors as to how to realize progressively the right to food and address discrimination of women and young people.

 

Author: Monika Lüke

DC-Reports of Consulting Missions

38 p.

(PDF, 326 KB, not barrier-free)

DC Reports of Consulting Missions

May 2006

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Indices, Benchmarks, and Indicators: Planning and Evaluating Human Rights Dialogues

The study begins with an introduction to the debates on the impact of human rights norms. It then looks at the planning principles for human rights dialogues. In the main part, various theoretical models for measuring the dialogues' impact are presented, which are then applied to human rights dialogues in practice. Above all, the study tries to determine the methods most suited for impact assessment, taking into account the different goals dialogues may pursue. It concludes with a number of recommendations.

 

Authors: Anna Würth, Frauke Lisa Seidensticker

Study

ISBN: 3-937714-12-X

46 p.

(PDF, 436 KB, not barrier-free)

Study

November 2005

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The International Fight against Terrorism and the Protection of Human Rights - With Recommendations to the German Government and Parliament

This publication is a shortened version of the study "Internationale Terrorismusbekämpfung und Menschenrechte. Entwicklungen 2003/2004" (The International Fight against Terrorism and the Protection of Human Rights). The English version takes into account two new reports that came out after the publication of the original German version in August 2004. It focuses on the question of how governments can thwart terrorism and terrorists, actual as well as putative, and on control measures that might prevent the violation of human rights. It also looks at German military operations abroad and formulates recommendations for the German government and parliament. The study is intended for persons interested in this subject who work in politics, academia and the media and, not least, for the general public.

 

Authors: Wolfgang S. Heinz, Jan-Michael Arend

Study

ISBN: 3-937714-07-3

43 p.

(PDF, 253 KB, not barrier-free)

Study

August 2005

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Jahresbericht/Annual Report 2004

In 2004 the institute placed great emphasis on a number of themes: By incessantly speaking out in favour of signing and ratifying the additional protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture, the institute lends its support to the prevention of torture and the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of people. At the same time, it also bolsters an international mechanism of prevention that can only produce tangible results once a sufficient number of signatories have ratified it. The institute's statements on the question of headscarves worn by Muslim women served to make the domestic debate more objective by adding a human rights perspective. The second half of the year was largely dominated by events organized in connection with the Concluding Observations on Germany of four United Nations treaty bodies on human rights, as well as by events in connection with the Third Report on Germany of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

 

Editor: German Institute for Human Rights

Annual Report

43 p.

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Annual report

August 2005

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Submission: Day of General Discussion on "The Right to Social Security" Monday, 15 May 2006, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Statement

3 p.

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Statement

May 2005

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Examination of State Reporting by Human Rights Treaty Bodies: An Example of Follow-Up at the National Level by National Human Rights Institutions

The manual presents a short overview of the functioning of the reporting system and the purpose of concluding observations. This is followed by deliberations on the role that a national human rights institution has, or could potentially develop, in relation to treaty bodies. In the second part of the paper, the follow-up meetings of the institute are described. The main focus of the presentation is the evaluation of the various approaches that have been tried out while working on different treaties. The third part of the paper shows how the institute continued its activities after the meetings by addressing members of parliament, several federal ministries and the treaty bodies themselves. The paper ends with a set of recommendations to other national human rights institutions, concerned NGOs, governments and the larger human rights community on the follow-up to concluding observations at the national level.

 

Author: Frauke Seidensticker

Manual

ISBN: 3-937714-06-5

23 p.

(PDF, 119 KB, not barrier-free)

Manual

April 2005

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Do we need explicit Human Rights Education?

Comparing Human Rights Education with Civic, Intercultural, Diversity and Tolerance Education

Summary of a Workshop with Prof. Katarina Tomasevski, held at the German Institute for Human Rights, January 12th 2005.

 

Documentation

(PDF, 66 KB, not barrier-free)

Documentation

January 2005

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