During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR independence Judges and lawyers, 2014
Received Sub-Committee visit
Germany tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015, on 28 February 2012.
Internationally, Germany pledged to: implement its obligations under the human rights instruments; fulfil its reporting obligations, widely disseminate concluding remarks, and examine how to implement recommendations; continue its close cooperation with OHCHR; promote the participation of NHRIs in the work of the Council; work to enable the Council to fulfil its mandate under GA resolution 60/251; continue to sponsor relevant resolutions and mandates; and cooperate with the Council’s mechanisms.
Domestically, Germany committed to: ratify the Council of Europe Convention on trafficking in human beings; develop a national action plan to implement the CRPD; implement the 2011 federal action plan to protect children and youth from sexual violence and exploitation; and implement the national action plan on human rights (2010-2012).
An analysis of steps taken by Germany in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that it continues to make voluntary contributions to OHCHR (of around US$5 million per year). Germany has ratified all of the core human rights conventions. In terms of its periodic reports, Germany is ‘on schedule’ with regard to six reports, while one is overdue (its CAT – less than one month) and one was submitted late (CEDAW). In terms of cooperation with Special Procedures, Germany maintains a Standing Invitation, has facilitated 7 out of 8 visit requests, and has responded to all communications. In terms of support for the work of the Council, Germany participates in a large number of panel discussions (36%), interactive dialogues (42%) and general debates (44%).