The UK delivered a statement during Germany’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Rita French

May I start by welcoming Commissioner Amtsberg and your delegation. We appreciate Germany’s efforts since its last Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and the active role it has played as a member of this Council. We welcome the ratification of the Protocol to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Forced Labour Convention, and the ratification of the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention. 

We also commend Germany for the repeal of legislation that banned the advertisement of abortion services, allowing for information about the procedure to become more accessible.  

We recommend Germany: 

1.    Set voluntary targets to help increase the proportion of women in management positions in the German economy.  

2.    Ensure the effective implementation of the Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention. 

3.   Develop legislation to ensure the ratification of the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work is implemented effectively.  

Thank you.

Published 9 November 2023