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Dr. Bärbel Kofler visits India from 22nd to 26th October

22.10.2018 - Press release

The Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, Dr. Kofler will travel to India from 22nd to 26th October.

Baerbel Kofler
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Dr. Kofler will hold political talks in Delhi with government officials, the National Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court, as well as exchange views with a variety of human rights defenders and civil society representatives. One focus of the trip will be on the issue of empowering women's rights, another on the issue of economics and human rights. Speaking to the German and Indian business community and opening the conference “A Holistic Approach to Achieving Sustainable Supply Chains” in Mumbai, she will explain the German Government's attitude towards human rights due diligence obligations in supply chains.

In the run-up to her trip she said:
“In Germany as in India, there are challenges in the field of human rights that we face. I therefore consider the forthcoming exchange with the National Human Rights Commission, which has existed for 25 years, to be important. In addition, I will also discuss with many civil society actors how to strengthen human rights in India. We will discuss important issues such as LGBTI, indigenous and other minorities or civil liberties. In particular, reports on violence against women and girls, on rape, on dowry murders, and killing girls are troubling me.
Apart from that the focus of my trip is the great responsibility of the private sector for the dignified living conditions of millions of people. Germany has launched a National Action Plan on Economic and Human Rights. It formulates clear expectations of the German economy and its human rights due diligence along the supply chains. We should also contribute our experience in this area in India. With a trading volume of over 18 billion euros, Germany is India's largest trading partner in the EU. Together, we are responsible for ensuring that economic development also reaches the local population. It can not be that this is not reflected in better working and living conditions. ”

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