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Universal Periodic Review 30: Germany

This UK statement was delivered during the 30th session of the Universal Period Review during the discussion of Germany's Human Rights Record on 8 May 2018.

Palais des Nations
The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The UK welcomes Germany’s efforts since its last UPR to improve human rights education in schools, including through consultation of civil society. The UK also commends Germany’s introduction of legislation to permit same sex marriage and continued efforts to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The UK welcomes the introduction of a German national action plan against racism and encourages Germany to do more by considering the adoption of legislation to combat racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

The UK has three recommendations:

1) Ratify the 2014 ILO Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (PO29).

2) Adopt a fully open selection process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections.

3) Expand its National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights to increase the focus on in-country due diligence issues, such as black-market labour exploitation in the construction sector.

Published 8 May 2018