Press releases

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...

Federal Foreign Office increases emergency aid for Côte d’Ivoire

Apr 5, 2011 | GermanyUN

Given the dramatic humanitarian situation in Côte d’Ivoire, the Federal Foreign Office has been instructed by Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to increase its emergency aid by one million eu...

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: