Germany’s human rights policy

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The protection of human rights

Human rights – a cornerstone of German foreign policy

It was a vision of a better world that brought men and women from across the globe to Paris nearly seventy years ago, in 1948. A world in which all people would be protected as individuals, their dign...

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International principles

German human rights policy has one concrete goal: to protect people against violations of their rights and fundamental freedoms.

Bärbel Kofler

Federal Government Commissioner

Bärbel Kofler has been the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid since 1 March 2016. The Commissioner is contact point for all issues relating to human rights policy and humanitarian aid.

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Areas of action

Human rights have many faces. Children, women, activists, people with disabilities, victims of torture and human trafficking – they all need our special protection.

Human rights organizations on the ground

Here you can find a list of human rights organizations on the ground.