Germany and human rights

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Respect for and development of human rights are a key priority for the German Government. Germany's human rights policy in international relations has a concrete obligation: to protect individuals from violations of their rights and basic freedom and to create a viable framework to ensure that supression, the arbitrary use of power and exploitation no longer have a chance to flourish.

The aspiration is derived from the Basic Law. In Article 1 human rights are described as the basis of every community, of peace and of justice in the world. So the text immediately places the subject of human rights in an international context.

The European Union and human rights

The European Union sees human rights as universal and indivisible. It actively promotes and defends them both within its borders and when engaging in relations with non-EU countries.

Jestina Mukoko

European Union Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders

Germany and the European Union are actively engaged in the protection of human rights defenders. The EU has drawn up guidelines to ensure that this protection is guaranteed in the long term.