[Human Rights] UPR/16th Session, Statement on Germany
Thank you, Mr. President.
Austria warmly welcomes H.E. ..... and the delegation of Germany to the UPR and thanks them for their presentation.
We commend Germany for the open and active engagement with NGOs and civil society within the UPR process and for the positive steps towards implementation of the recommendations accepted during the first review.
Austria welcomes the adoption of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) aiming at strengthening the legal and institutional framework against racism and discrimination. However, violent racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic attacks as well as discrimination in daily life continue to be reported by members of minority groups.
Austria also welcomes the ratification of the CRPD and its Optional Protocol. We share, however, the concern that women with disabilities often suffer disproportionately from all forms of violence. Women living in specialized centers are subject to increased dependency and thus need access to effective protection and complaint mechanisms.
Acknowledging the generally high standards in fighting corruption in Germany, Austria would like to ask for the reasons for not having ratified as yet the United Nations Convention against Corruption which is considered a core instrument of international law against corruption and its negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights.
Austria offers the following recommendations to the German government:
to raise awareness among potential victims of racism and discrimination on the existence and scope of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) and of the mechanisms for invoking their rights before the courts
to ensure nationwide access to barrier-free protection and support facilities for women with disabilities affected by violence
to provide effective protection and complaint mechanisms to persons with disabilities living in specialized centers;
and to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
I thank you.