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Review of Germany under the UPR
Monday, 02 February 2009 10:06

 

The 4th session of the UPR started with the review of Germany. The delegation gave a comprehensive presentation of its national report, and detailed answers to questions submitted in writing. It was interesting to note that only European States have submitted advance questions. There was a lot of interest in the review of Germany, with a total of 48 States taking the floor. Overall, Germany got very positive feedback from its peers. The following main issues were raised:

 

  • Migration. The interactive dialogue was dominated by the issue of migration, and the associated discrimination of migrants in various aspects of life, including access to the health system, education and employment. However, more delicate aspects like the German role in defining EU wide migration policies were not discussed in detail.
  • Racial discrimination and xenophobia: Crimes of a racist background, and the spread of right-wing ideology was raised by many States. In this context, the absence of a legal definition of racial discrimination was regretted by several States.
  • Religious discrimination, particularly in relation to the prohibition for teachers to wear headscarves, was discussed. Despite the delegation's assurance that this ban applied to all religions, States insisted that this practice could be discriminatory.
  • Trafficking in persons, especially trafficking for sexual exploitation was touched upon by a number of States.
  • Other issues included discrimination against women, particularly in relation to the labour market, discrimination and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, inadequacies of the school system, particularly in relation to children of migrants, and the excessive use of force by security forces.
  • While Germany announced that it had recently ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, it was asked to also ratify additional human rights instruments, including the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers  the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and the Optional Protocol of the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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