Latest on: International Law and Human Rights ...

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle welcomes decision to investigate human rights violations and democratic deficits in Belarus

Apr 7, 2011 | GermanyUN

Foreign Minister Westerwelle spoke on the phone this afternoon to his Lithuanian counterpart, Audronius Ažubalis, who is currently also OSCE Chairman-in-Office. They discussed today’s invocation of th...

Human Rights Commissioner outraged at lengthening of prison sentences for Bahá’í leaders in Iran

Apr 5, 2011 | GermanyUN

Seven former leaders of the Bahá’í religious community in Iran were initially sentenced to twenty years’ imprisonment in August 2010. A later decision by the court of appeal to reduce the sentence to ...

Human Rights Commissioner Löning calls for ban on anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions

Apr 5, 2011 | GermanyUN

On the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy on 3 April issued the following statement:  “Eve...

Human Rights Commissioner Löning calls for national export ban on sodium thiopental

Apr 5, 2011 | GermanyUN

Following the execution of 46-year-old William Glenn Boyd last Thursday by lethal injection, Markus Löning, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, today (1 April) issued the following statement:

Foreign Minister Westerwelle greatly concerned at arrest of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

Apr 4, 2011 | GermanyUN

Speaking about the arrest by Chinese security forces in Beijing of renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement today (4 April):     “I...