Human Rights Council


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Delegation from Germany

Represented by Cecilia Grimaldi (University of Muenster)

The topics before the Human Rights Council are Extra-Judicial Killings and Arbitrary Executions in the Middle East; and Dealing with Threats to Freedom of Expression and Opinion.

Topic I: Extra-Judicial Killings and Arbitrary Executions in the Middle East

In the Middle East, the difficult relations between Israelis and Palestinians, the dramatically unstable situation in Syria, the escalation of tension between Tehran and Riyadh, and the battle against ISIS represent tremendous challenges to foreign policy creation, to international security and, even more alarming, to protection and promotion of human rights and rule-of-law standards. War, terror, and violence prevail in many parts of the region and million of people are suffering constant violations of their basic rights. Having learned from the darkest chapter of its history during the last century, in the last decades the Federal Republic of Germany has proven its strong commitment and dedication to the defence of human rights at national, European, and global levels. On the specific issue now before the HRC, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary executions in the Middle East, Germany acquires a net position. As one of the signatories of both, the Protocol N.13 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCP), the Federal Republic of Germany strongly opposes to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and urges all states, regardless of their geographical location, to formalize the elimination of this immoral punishment in law. Germany believes that the legal abolition of the death penalty at the global level must be achieved in order to ensure the end of arbitrary executions. It is an ambitious and difficult goal but as reported by A/69/265, an overall trend in ...

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