Germany’s Human Rights Policy

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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Statement by Foreign Ministers Steinmeier and Ayrault on the awarding of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law

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.

Aid convoy of the ICRC in the besieged city of Madaya, Syria (January 2016)

World Humanitarian Day on 19 August

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):

Germany and human rights

Respect for and development of human rights are a key priority for the German Government.

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Inklusion in Deutschland

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.

Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen, Schweiz/Genf

International principles

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

Millennium-Entwicklungsziele der Vereinten Nationen

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.

Basketball Artists School – a German international sports cooperation project – supports kids from the townships of Windhoek (Namibia).

Projects aimed at protecting human rights

The Federal Foreign Office, via its missions abroad, supports a wide range of projects aimed at protecting human rights.

Human rights Logo

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!