The Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted vulnerable people, including asylum seekers, homeless people, and migrant workers. Right-wing extremism, antisemitism, and racism, including violent hate crimes, are a serious concern in Germany. Media freedom deteriorated with attacks against journalists during protests and new surveillance laws. Following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, Germany halted repatriations of Afghans, but largely failed to evacuate at-risk Afghans in time. In the first known trial dealing with state-sponsored torture in Syria, a Koblenz court convicted two former Syrian intelligence officers using Germany’s universal jurisdiction laws.

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