Germany's human rights policy

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Respect for and development of human rights are a key priority for the German Government.

Speech to the UN Human Rights Council

Speech by Federal President Joachim Gauck to the UN Human Rights Council on 25 February 2013 in Geneva/Switzerland.

Demonstration gegen die Todesstrafe in Pakistan (Archivbild)

Draft of a common statement for publication in the daily newspapers of the respective countries

Joint Call for the Abolition of the Death Penalty There are struggles that cannot be won single-handedly. One of these is the fight against capital punishment. A lone warrior could not have succeeded in convincing so many countries to eliminate the death penalty.

Aktionsplan Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte

National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights

The German Government adopted the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights in its cabinet meeting on Wednesday (21 December). The goal of this Action Plan is to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Human rights policy

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Principles of Germany's human rights policy

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Respect for and development of human rights are a key priority for the German Government. Germany's human rights policy in international relations has a concrete obligation: to protect individuals from violations of their rights and basic freedoms and to create a viable framework to ensure that suppression, the arbitrary use of power and exploitation no longer have a chance to flourish.