Germany in the Human Rights Council

Membership of the UN Human Rights Council Enlarge image (© dpa/picture-alliance)

On 12 November 2012, Germany was voted onto the Human Rights Council for the term 2013-15, winning one of the three available seats in the Western European and Other States Group. During its membership, Germany strives to give the Human Rights Council a higher profile as the leading international institution concerned with human rights protection.

As a member of the Council, Germany works hard to ensure that children are better protected. Having campaigned particularly for the rights of children in situations of armed conflict during its membership of the UN Security Council in 2011/12, it intends to carry on this work in the Human Rights Council. Together with the Philippines, Germany is leading an initiative against human trafficking that resulted in the adoption in 2013 of a resolution against exploitative working conditions.

Only people who do not live in fear of hunger, thirst or illness can enjoy true freedom and take responsibility for their lives. This is why Germany attaches great importance also to social and economic human rights and pursues a campaign to implement the human right to water and sanitation.

Water - a Human Right

Sauberes Wasser für die Städte, Indonesien/Jakarta

The lack of access to drinking water and sanitation is one of the main challenges of our time. For instance, in Sub-Saharan Africa 40% of the population have no drinking water and 70% have no toilet, ...