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Germany's efforts to protect refugees are remarkable. Now it has to boost integration and improve fight against racism

01/10/2015 Berlin
“Germany’s considerable efforts in helping asylum-seekers and refugees, in particular Syrians, is commendable and the support of the vast majority of the population is heartening. However, progress is needed to improve reception conditions, speed up fair asylum procedures and accelerate refugee integration” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the...
Visit to Germany

Germany should advance protection of asylum seekers and improve response to racism and extremism

11/05/2015 Strasbourg
“Germany has done a lot in the field of asylum in recent years, including launching three humanitarian admission programmes for Syrian refugees (concerning 20 000 individuals) and registering more than 200 000 asylum applications in 2014. However, with an estimate of 400 000 asylum applications for this year, a number of important challenges lie ahead”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner...

Letter to the German Federal Minister of the Interior

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to Dr Thomas De Maizière, German Federal Minister of the Interior CommDH(2010)52 / 09 December 2010
Letter to Germany

Commissioner Hammarberg stresses need to halt returns to Kosovo*

15/12/2009 Strasbourg
"The forced return to Kosovo of people who have found shelter in European states should be halted", said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights publishing today a letter to the Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel. He notes that Kosovo lacks infrastructures allowing refugees' sustainable reintegration. The Commissioner is particularly worried by the fact that Roma expelled from...

Letter to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to Mrs Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, concerning forced returns to Kosovo CommDH(2009)42 / 15 December 2009

Germany and Commissioner Hammarberg sign a partnership to support the activities with national human rights structures

[22/08/08 11:00] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by Ambassador Eberhard Kölsch and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, signed yesterday an agreement to support the Commissioner's cooperation activities with national human rights structures (NHRSs) in the Organisation's member States. The Office of the...

Thomas Hammarberg presents report on Germany

Strasbourg, 11.07. 2007 – Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg today presented his report assessing the effective observance of human rights in Germany to the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers. The report reviews the current state of human rights protection in Germany and makes a number of concrete recommendations. It points to the shared responsibility of the federation and the 16 German...

Report on visit to Germany

Report by the Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, on his visit to Germany (9-11 and 15-20 October 2006) CommDH(2007)14 / 11 July 2007 CommDH(2007)14 / 11 July 2007 (in German)