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Author: German Institute for Human Rights/ GIZ: Cross sectoral project "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

10 pages

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DC E-Info-Tool

April 2018

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Promising Practice: Working with civil society to promote LGBT-inclusion in Ukraine

In Ukraine, the legal framework has become more supportive of promoting and protecting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi- and Transsexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in recent years. Nevertheless, homophobia remains widespread and stigmatising social attitudes negatively impact on LGBT people’s access to social and economic rights, such as to health. It is against this background that GIZ has implemented the programme ‘HIV/AIDS advisory services and institutional capacity building’ in cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health. One component of the programme includes supporting ‘Tergo’, an organisation established and run by parents of LGBT people. The publication describes measures implemented to strengthen Tergo as an organisation and to empower the parents of LGBT people to promote the rights of sexual minorities. It also presents results, remaining challenges and lessons learned.

Author: GIZ cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"/ German Institute for Human Rights

5 pages

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DC Promising Practices

December 2017

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ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation: The Arab Human Rights System (Arabic)

As a complement to the ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation, this annex explains the basic features of the Arab 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. The publication complements tools on the Asian, African, European and Inter-American human rights protection system.
Author: GIZ Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

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7 Page Count

October 2017

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ABC of Human Rights in German Development Cooperation: Human Rights in Asia

As a complement to the ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation, this annex explains the basic features of the Arab 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. The publication complements tools on the Asian, African, European and Inter-American human rights protection system.

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

14 pages

(PDF, 1.4 MB)

DC E-Info-Tool

June 2017

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ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation: The Arab Human Rights System

As a complement to the ABC of Human Rights in Development Cooperation, this annex explains the basic features of the Arab 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. The publication complements tools on the Asian, African, European and Inter-American human rights protection system.

Author: GIZ Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"/ German Institute for Human Rights

10 pages

(PDF, 289 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

June 2017

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Promising Practices: On the human rights-based approach in German development cooperation Peace-building: Support to survivors of gender-based violence and to indigenous people in Colombia

Numerous civilians have fallen victim to the armed conflict between the Colombian government and paramilitary structures in Colombia since the mid-1960s. In 2003, the warring parties finally reached a peace agreement, enabling the Government of Colombia to establish a legal framework for transitional justice measures that seek to fulfill the rights of the conflict-afflicted, with particular regard to women and indigenous people. Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has initiated the "Support for the Colombian Peace Process Programme" (ProFis) in order to provide support to Colombia with implementing the "Justice and Peace Law" in accordance with international legal provisions and principles of transitional justice.

This publication describes the implementation of measures taken within the framework of ProFis. It presents results and discusses remaining challenges.

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Author: GIZ

DC Promising Practices

5 Page Count

March 2017

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ABC of Human Rights for Development Cooperation

This electronic information tool introduces the essential features of international human rights protection mechanisms. It is intended to motivate development practitioners to make more use of human rights in development cooperation. The tool is also available in German, Spanish and French. Contains many links.

 

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

8 pages

(PDF, 377 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

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

(PDF, 428 KB)

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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Sexual orientation and gender identity as human rights issues in development cooperation

This electronic info-tool seeks to motivate development practitioners to consider human rights relating to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in development cooperation programmes. It provides an overview of relevant human rights obligations and sketches out the situation of LGBTI in worldwide. The tool gives examples of how German development cooperation has dealt with human rights relating to sexual orientation and gender identity so far and concludes with recommendations of how state development cooperation can work on issues related to SOGI.

Author: German Institute for Human Rights, GIZ: Cross sectoral programme "Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation"

13 pages

(PDF, 288 KB)

DC E-Info-Tool

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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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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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

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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

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DC Link List

March 2015

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Selected Resources on Human Rights-Based Monitoring and Evaluation

This annotated link collection serves as entry point to human rights-based monitoring and evaluation. It contains links to experience reports, UN guidelines and indicators for monitoring and evaluating development programmes related to human rights and democracy as well as to publications 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"

3 pages

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DC Link List

March 2015

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Selected Resources on Conflict and Human Rights

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

3 pages

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DC Link List

March 2015

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Selected Resources on Food Security and Human Rights

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

3 pages

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DC Link List

March 2015

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