Realising human rights – Securing freedom

Internally displaced people queue up, for food aid at the Jamhuri grounds, Nairobi, Kenya. January 2008. Copyright: Julius Mwelu/IRIN

Human rights – A key prerequisite for development

Millions of women, men and children in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries cannot change the circumstances in which they are living by their own efforts alone because they are being denied basic political, economic, social and cultural human rights: Around a billion people worldwide go hungry; they are being denied the right to food. Sixty-seven million children – more than half of them girls – have no access to primary schooling; their right to education is being disregarded. The list could go on and on… more

Respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights – an international concern

Up until the Second World War the protection of human rights was predominantly a national matter, and only few issues were dealt with at the in­ter­national level. However, it was during that war that the Allies declared they wanted to create an enabling en­vi­ron­ment in which all human beings could live in peace and without fear and want. more

Institutions for the protection of human rights

Through the UN human rights treaties the in­ter­national com­mu­ni­ty has acknowledged that an in­ter­national framework is needed in order to ensure that human rights are upheld. Various organs of the United Nations are responsible for the protection and realisation of human rights. For instance, ten committees monitor compliance with the nine core in­ter­national human rights treaties. more

Human rights – a guiding principle of German development policy

Germany and the majority of its partner coun­tries for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion have ratified the in­ter­national human rights treaties, and thus recognised the implementation thereof as a binding obligation. When the Federal Ministry for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (BMZ) published its strategy paper on human rights in May 2011, the human rights-based approach was mainstreamed as a binding element of German de­vel­op­ment policy. This means that all the German gov­ern­ment's de­vel­op­ment policy work is oriented systematically toward human rights standards and principles. more

Further information

Here you will find a selection of links to documents and websites with further information on general human rights. more

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