Press releases

Minister of State Hoyer condemns continued detention of political prisoners in Belarus

Sep 30, 2011 | GerrmanyUN

Over the past few days there have been several reports about the bad conditions political prisoners in Belarus have to endure. The detainees are generally also denied contact with their lawyers, relat...

Foreign Minister Westerwelle urges UN resolution on Syria

Sep 29, 2011 | GermanyUN

In the light of escalating violence in Syria, Foreign Minister Westerwelle considers a corresponding UN Security Council resolution long overdue. Today (29 September) he issued the following statemen...

Human Rights Commissioner calls for death penalty against Iranian pastor to be lifted

Sep 29, 2011 | GermanyUN

According to various sources, Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been sentenced to death for apostasy (abandonment of religious belief). An Iranian court has requested the clergyman to recant his Ch...

Speech by Minister of State Werner Hoyer in the Bundestag on extending German participation in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Sep 27, 2011 | GermanyUN

Mr President, Members of this House, On 9 July South Sudan became an independent state, a state, however, whose institutions are still at the fledgling state and whose economic and social infrastruct...

Statement on Humanitarian Response to the Horn of Africa on the margins of the 66th General Assembly

Sep 24, 2011 | GermanyUN

Even though the international community has already put in place very substantial and multifaceted humanitarian aid, significant financing gaps still remain. We need both to maintain existing efforts, but also we need to further expand the circle of donors. That is why I am particularly grateful to Baroness Amos for having organized this meeting.