"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."
(Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Every person has civil, political and social rights. Respect for these human rights is as important a prerequisite for sustainable development as fair trade or debt relief. Germany therefore supports the people in its partner countries in articulating and asserting their rights and interests.
Our fields of work on human rights
Universal human rights
German development policy is human rights policy.
Gender equality is one of the foundations of German development policy.
The rights of children and young people are promoted by the BMZ in various work areas of development policy.
Rights of people with disabilities
According to estimates, more than one billion persons are living with disabilities, of which 80 per cent in developing countries.
Human rights concept
The human rights strategy of the BMZ
Human rights convention
Respecting, protecting and enforcing human rights is an international obligation.