Title: FES international - Global Policy and Development
FES / FES international / Global Policy and Development Department / Human Rights

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Events on the topic

All events of the FES on Human Rights can be found here. Past events of the Global Policy and Development department can be found here.


  • All publications of the FES on the topic of Human Rights can be found here.
  • Publication series on FES Human Rights Award can be found here.
  • All publications of the FES on the topic of Human Rights Council can be found here.


Frederike Boll

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Mail Frederike.Boll[at]fes.de


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Human Rights

Democracy, social justice and solidarity are the focus of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s socio-political work, which has always been understood basically as human rights work. Human rights are the foundation stone of work in international development cooperation.

Against the background of the current global financial and economic crisis, as well as the food crisis in the past year, there is a danger that the human rights situation will deteriorate across the world. According to World Bank estimates, the crisis may have pushed a further 53 million people into poverty in 2009, exposing them to human rights violations. There is reason to fear that increasing poverty goes hand in hand with armed conflict, more severe violence and repression, xenophobia and racism. Action must therefore be taken, first, to ensure that human rights are respected and promoted at all stages in the response to the various crises, and second, to combat the structural causes of crisis developments, as well as persistent poverty in many parts of the world.

The Human Rights working line operates principally in Geneva, the home of the UN Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and in Berlin, where important international debates resonate in the political sphere and among the community of experts. The human rights dimension of global issues, such as climate change or the food crisis, is illuminated.

Focal topics of human rights work include:

  • International human rights policy and legal framework
    UN Human Rights Council; International Criminal Court; European Court of Human Rights
  • Development and human rights
    Economic, social and cultural rights; right to development; development cooperation and human rights
  • Business and human rights
    International guidelines and standards; corporate social responsibility (CSR)

The Human Rights Award of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Awarded for the first time in 1994, the FES Human Rights Award dates back to the legacy of Karl and Ida Feist. The couple stipulated in their will that their fortune be administered by the FES, which is to present a Human Rights Award once a year. Karl and Ida Feist actively supported the labour movement for many years. Their own bitter experiences with war and destruction led them to advocate peace and non-violence. According to the donators, the Human Rights Award should be awarded to individuals or organisations who rendered outstanding services for human rights in the different parts of the world.

The 2015 Awardees: Ilan Sadeh, Mayor of the Menashe Regional Council, and Hasan Atamna, Mayor of Kafr Qara, Israel

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Human Rights Award 2015 recognizes Ilan Sadeh's and Hasan Atamna's long-standing and persistent commitment to peace-building between and peaceful coexistence of Jews and Arabs in Israel on behalf of the seven mayors taking part in the Shared Communities initiative.

The award ceremony will take place on 5 November, 2016, 16:30 h, at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastr. 17, 10785 Berlin.

The laudation will be held by Reinhold Robbe, Director of DIG e.V..

Further information on the program is available in theflyer.

We kindly ask you to register for this event by using our online form.

Detailed information on the FES Human Rights Award and this year's as well as previous awardees is available atwww.fes.de/themen/menschenrechtspreis.

Human Rights Handbook website

Human Rights Handbook online!

Over the past few years the Human Rights Handbook has met with broad support and positive resonance. This compendium has been regularly updated and there is strong demand for it. Presentation of the handbook as a website ensures improved, user-friendly access to its contents. The internet version includes a new chapter on legal proceedings and truth commissions, as well as a section with information on the authors.
Human Rights Handbook

Flyer FES Human Rights Work

The Human Rights Work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

What are the main objectives and focuses of the FES' Human Rights Work? Find out about all our activities in Germany and abroad in the flyer The FES Human Rights Work

Also available in:

French: Les activités de la FES en matière de droits de l'homme

Spanish: El trabajo de derechos humanos de la FES

Logo of Human Rights Forum

Participation in the Human Rights Forum

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung was a co-founder of the Human Rights Forum in 1994. For more information on the work of the Forum, click here.

net-edition:Monika Schneider and Daniela TurßFES | 2012
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