Press releases

UN Security Council in June

Jun 6, 2011 | GermanyUN

June 2011 will be an especially busy month for Germany in the Security Council. A whole series of conflict regions such as North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa will once again be on the agenda. In addition, the Federal Foreign Office and Germany’s Mission to the United Nations are heavily involved in preparing for the German Security Council Presidency in July 2011.

Human Rights Commissioner criticizes torture of children and teenagers in Syria

Jun 1, 2011 | GermanyUN

Following the broadcast by Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya of a video showing the signs of brutal torture on the corpse of 13‑year‑old Hamza al‑Khatib, thousands of people took part in demonstrations of sol...

Human Rights Commissioner on fifty years since the founding of Amnesty International

May 27, 2011 | GermanyUN

Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, yesterday (26 May) issued the following statement to mark the fiftieth anniversary o...

Federal Minister Westerwelle on need to prevent violence escalating in the Sudan

May 24, 2011 | GermanyUn

Speaking on the margins of the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting yesterday (23 May) in Brussels, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle commented as follows on the situation in the Sudanese city ...

Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy criticizes rulings against former presidential candidates and opposition activists in Belarus

May 23, 2011 | GermanyUN

A court in Minsk today gave suspended multiple-year prison sentences to former presidential candidates Neklyayev and Rymashevsky, as well as four opposition acitivists. Markus Löning, Federal Governme...