The number of migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Germany continues to fall. The authorities are processing a backlog of claims from asylum seekers who arrived between 2015 and 2017. Attacks on asylum-seeker accommodation and refugees and asylum-seekers continued, but at a lower rate than previous years. Concerns remain about the impact on privacy rights and free expression of a 2018 law requiring social media companies to take down poorly defined “illegal content” or face large fines.  Hate crimes and anti-Semitism are a growing concern.

  • Europe/Central Asia
    On November 16, two EU member states blocked the adoption of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) and the COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) in an attempt to prevent the adoption of conditionalities for the protection of the EU budget from breaches of the principles of the rule of law. This move has created a grave political crisis for the European Union.
    NGO Letter to Chancellor Merkel
  • Children's Rights
    We write in advance of the 88th pre-session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child relating to Germany’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This submission focuses on supply chains, access to education during Covid-19 pandemic, weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition, support for abusive migration policies, refugee education funding and protection of education from attack.
  • Europe/Central Asia
    European Union flags are waving in front of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. August 5, 2020.
    Protect EU Budget, Defend Democracy