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Human Right Violations in Germany: Freedom of Opinion, Information, Association, Family Life and Right to Fair Trial

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Afterwards many binding international conventions were signed to secure human rights. Germany has among other signed the following conventions:

The European Union guarantees Human Rights according to Article 53 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and Article 6 (1) of OF THE TREATY ON EUROPEAN UNION.

Violations of the ECHRFF can be reported to the European Court of Human Rights. The Human Rights Committee of the UN is responsible for complaints about the ICCPR.

Human rights in question are:

Access to information is now firmly recognised as an internationally guaranteed human right, with decisions at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights, and global recognition by the UN Human Rights Committee. The European Court of Human Rights ruled 14. April 2009 in application no. 37374/05 by TÁRSASÁG A SZABADSÁGJOGOKÉRT ./. Hungary that access to public documents to be a human right according to Article 10 of the ECHRFF.

In 5 German federal states Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Lower Saxony and Saxony access to information laws are missing. 125 states with 5.9 billion inhabitants adopted either FOI laws or constitutional provisions. Citizens in 5 states with half of the population in Germany lack this human right. 

The federal law of Freedom of Information has too many exeptions and violates international principle of maximum disclosure. Comparison with laws from 111 other counntries places Germany on 105th rank, i. e. 5.5 billion people have better access laws.

Germany tried to remove the human right of access to public documents and other human rights (Appendix 25) from the Draft General Comment No. 34 on Article 19 ICCPR (see page 17 appendix 26).

The Human Rights Council supported 6 of 8 suggestions of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum.

The following cases about violation of human rights are known to me:

CEED - Conseil Européen des Enfants du Divorce. Parents, children and grandparents victims of international and administrative child abductions 22
Washington Post, 31.01.2002:
Does Germany Condone Kidnapping?
Child Abuse and Violence in German Familiy Court Practice
2004: Polish father not allowed to speak polish to his daugthers.
2006: Petitions to European Parliament.
Germany: Child Abduction, Hague Convention Overview



“Human rights” refer to those fundamental rights and freedoms essential for human survival, liberty and dignity that have been recognised by the global community and protected by international legal instruments.  Human rights are universal. They are the birth-right of every man, woman and child.

Result: The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches in Germany do not give a guarantee to always support human rights (That were the words the state used against critics). The TREATY ON EUROPEAN UNION, European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHRFF), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU are not followed.

According to Article 20 Basic Law: "All state authority is derived from the people." and "the executive and the judiciary shall be bound by law" (given by parliament elected by the people) "and justice". Therefore in Germany a democracy of European type is possible, if members of parliament want it and go for it.

The Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe promised to look through the material in the context of a visit: But who will invite him: the government, the Committee of Petitions, the Committee of Human Rights, the Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte (Human Rights Institut), the Forum für Menschenrechte or the UN?

Do you know more? Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Copy sent to: Bundeskanzler, Bundespräsident, Bundestagspräsident, Verfassungsgericht, German Human Rights Commissioner, 26. October 2003, German Ministry of Justice (27. October 2003), Committee for Human Rights (1. November 2003), Klaus Stoltenberg (BMJ), Ltd. Regierungsdirektor Detlef Brandner (Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe), hessischer Innenminister Volker Bouffier, hessische Kultusministerin Karin Wolff, Federal Administrative Court, German Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, 12 states (länder) without Freedom of  Information (2005)

PS: Strasbourg, 11 July 2007 CommDH(2007)14: REPORT BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS MR THOMAS HAMMARBERG ON HIS VISIT TO GERMANY 9 – 11 and 15 – 20 October 2006,  Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte mit der Beobachtung der Menschenrechte in Deutschland beauftragen, nationalen "Aktionsplan Menschenrechte" entwickeln.


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  18. Case Walter Keim vs. Federal Republic of Germany VG 2 A 85.04:
  19. EUCARS ( European Corruption Analysis and Reduction Service ):
  20. Toby Mendel: Freedom of Information as an Internationally Protected Human Right, und
  21. The Human Rights Commissioner writes 28. November 2003, to review the material in the context of a visit:
  22. CEED - Conseil Européen des Enfants du Divorce. Parents, children and grandparents victims of international and administrative child abductions
  23. Sepatation of powers:
  24. Germany asked to remove the human right of access to public documents and other human rights:

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