Areas of action

Millennium-Entwicklungsziele der Vereinten Nationen Suurenda pilti (© UN)

The prime objective of German foreign policy is to maintain and establish peace. Many conflicts have their roots in systematic human rights violations. So a human rights-based approach is instrumental in ensuring stability and security. This means that no policy area can afford to ignore human rights. Rather, a commitment to human rights must be regarded as a cross-sectoral task for all policy areas. Here’s some information about a few of the focuses of Germany’s human rights policy.

Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen, Schweiz/Genf

Germany’s commitment in the UN Human Rights Council

Germany regards the Human Rights Council as the central international institution for the protection of human rights and the further development of human rights standards.

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Protection for human rights defenders

In many countries people take huge risks to defend the rights of individuals, to raise an awareness of human rights or to try to persuade organizations to protect specific rights or certain sections of the population.

Fight against the death penalty

Germany regards the right to life as the most precious thing there is. That’s why the Federal Government and its partners in the European Union have for many years been pursuing an active campaign against the death penalty around the world.

Sauberes Wasser für die Städte, Indonesien/Jakarta

Human right to clean drinking water and sanitation

Some 900 million people around the world have no access to clean drinking water, while 2.5 billion people have no toilet. Related illnesses kill more children than diseases such as malaria, measles and HIV/AIDS combined.