Report to Cabinet

Promoting human rights worldwide

The German government works for human rights – not only in Germany, but around the world. It sees its engagement as a cross-cutting responsibility, across all policy fields. The Cabinet has now adopted the 13th human rights report.

Human rights report

Human rights have a high status in Germany's domestic and foreign policy

Photo: Bundesregierung/Stutterheim

In its capacity as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2019/2020 too, Germany is committed to pursuing the goal of enhancing human rights around the world. The 13th human rights report of the German government clearly illustrates the high status accorded to human rights in Germany’s domestic and foreign policy action.

It sets out the main developments in German human rights policy and in the international and European human rights protection system, and covers the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2018.

Combating the illegal trade in human organs

In addition to the domestic and foreign-policy activities and initiatives of the German government undertaken to protect human rights, the report sets out the thematic priorities of Germany’s human rights policy. Special attention is paid, for instance, to the worldwide problem of the illegal trade in human organs and the related massive human rights violations.

In addition, the report looks at human rights developments in over 80 selected states worldwide, giving not only an outline of the status quo in each state. The report also looks at the measures undertaken by the German government and the European Union to promote human rights in these countries.

"Action plan on human rights" 

Another section of the publication is dedicated to an "Action plan on human rights". It lays out the priorities of the German government for the next two years in important areas of human rights protection at both national and international levels.

This report is the 13th time the German government has responded to the demand of the German Bundestag, that it report on its human rights policy in foreign relations and in other policy fields (Bundestag publication 12/1735 dated 4 December 1991). The German government published its 12th human rights report in 2016.

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