Germany’s commitment in the UN Human Rights Council

Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen, Schweiz/Genf Suurenda pilti (© picture alliance)

UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

The United Nations has declared the protection and promotion of human rights to be one of its major preoccupations. The Human Rights Council therefore plays a key role within the United Nations system. The Human Rights Council was established in 2006 as the successor to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Germany on the Human Rights Council

Germany was a founding member of the Human Rights Council from 2006 to 2009. 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. Germany has again been a member of the Council from January 2013, with a mandate valid until the end of 2015. It was re-elected for the subsequent 2016-2018 term by the General Assembly on 28 October 2015 with 174 votes in its favour.

Steinmeier’s speech to the UN Human Rights Council Steinmeier bei seiner Rede vor dem UN-Menschenrechtsrat Suurenda pilti (© Photothek/Trutschel)

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended the opening of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council on 3 March 2015. In his address to the Council, Steinmeier stressed that there could be no human rights without peace – but nor could there be peace without human rights.

Read more about Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the UN Human Rights Council here.

Full text of Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s speech to the Council

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