Germany’s Human Rights Policy
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.
Federal Government Commissioner
Read a joint press release by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault on the first-time awarding of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law on 1 December 2016 regarding the detention of the Chinese human rights lawyer Li Heping.
To press release
On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, Bärbel Kofler, issued the following statement today (19 August 2016):
World Humanitarian Day on 19 August
Respect for and development of human rights are a key priority for the German Government.
Human rights policy
Germany was one of the first countries to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol on 30 March 2007, ratifying it on 24 February 2009. The objective is to allow people with disabilities to participate equally in political, social, economic and cultural life, to offer them equal opportunities in education and the world of work, and to offer all citizens the chance to play their own self determined part in a barrier free society.
Inclusion in Germany
German human rights policy has one concrete goal: to protect people against violations of their rights and fundamental freedoms.
Human rights have many faces. Children, women, activists, people with disabilities, victims of torture and human trafficking – they all need our special protection.
Areas of action
The Federal Foreign Office, via its missions abroad, supports a wide range of projects aimed at protecting human rights.
Human Rights have a symbol!
An international jury, including Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Muhammad Yunus, Michael Gorbachev, Shirin Ebadi and Jimmy Carter together with the internet community selected the winning logo from more than 15,300 submissions. The German Federal Government has actively supported this international campaign.
The human rights logo is available to everyone at no cost as an open source product at
. This is where you can download different formats of the human rights logo as well as all kinds of related materials (postcards, flyers, pins, stickers, etc.). The logo and all the materials are open source products, which means they are free to be used by everyone, for the promotion and protection of human rights.
Use the logo to promote and protect human rights, raise its public profile and recognition and make it a truly universal symbol!