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Partner for human rights

Article 1 of Germany’s consti­tution (or Basic Law) is a commit­ment to human dignity and ­human rights as the basis of every community. Germany is strongly committed to the key object­ives of the UN and is currently the chair of the UN Security Council. Part 6 of the series “Germany in the United Nations”.

Universal rights

Article 1 of Germany’s consti­tution (or Basic Law) is a commit­ment to human dignity and ­human rights as the basis of every community. German foreign ­policy has the clear objective of protecting people worldwide from violations of their human rights and interference with their fundamental freedoms.

Resolute action

The Federal Foreign Office and country’s diplomatic missions support about 70 (mainly NGO) projects a year, mostly in developing and emerging countries, to assert human rights in the respective country.

“Our credibility depends largely on how resolutely we stand up for human rights in all policy fields”, says Markus Löning, Federal government commissioner for human rights policy and humanitarian aid

www.diplo.de/menschenrechte

Fields of action in human rights policy

The German government ­actively opposes discrimination against sexual minor­ities. It supports projects abroad aimed at raising awareness of the issue and tackling homophobia, discrimination and intolerance.

Areas in which German human rights policy is active ­include the protection of ­children, women, sexual mi­norities, disabled people and human rights defenders; the fight against human ­trafficking, torture and the death penalty; and access to water.

www.ohchr.org

Commitment to children‘s rights

The Federal Republic of ­Germany is a signatory to the United Nations Con­vention on the Rights of the Child and its additional ­protocols. Germany also supports the International Programme on the Elim­ination of Child Labour.

In many regions of the world, ­children are recruited as soldiers or suffer in the aftermath of armed conflicts. Germany chairs the United Nations Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, campaigning to enable children to play and study rather than bear arms.

www.unicef.de

Nuremberg, city of human rights

Nuremberg has been trying to learn forward-looking lessons from the city’s role during the Nazi era and is committed to ­human rights. The city presents the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award and stages the International Human Rights Film Festival.

In Nuremberg the Israeli sculptor Dani Karavan has created a symbolic work of art on the protection of human rights: the Road of Human Rights. Nuremberg was the first city to be awarded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education.

www.menschenrechte.nuernberg.de

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