Statement to the media by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, on the conclusion of its official visit to Germany, 20-27 February 2017

Berlin, 27 February 2017

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The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent thanks the Government of Germany for its invitation to visit the country from 20 to 27 February, and for its cooperation. We thank the Federal Foreign Office, and the authorities in Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg for their support. The views expressed in this statement are of a preliminary nature and our final findings and recommendations will be presented in our mission report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2017.

During the visit, the Working Group assessed the human rights situation of people of African descent living in Germany, and gathered information on the forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, Afrophobia and related intolerance they face. The Working Group studied the official measures taken and mechanisms to prevent systemic racial discrimination and to protect victims of racism, as well as responses to multiple forms of discrimination.

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Article by the guardian

German police urged to re-investigate asylum seeker’s death in custody Friends and relatives of Oury Jalloh, who burnt to death in a police cell in 2005, say he may have been murdered

Philip Oltermann in Berlin, Tuesday 12 November 2013 18.07 GMT

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Fire Investigation Report by expert Maksim Smirnou

On 7 th of January 2005 fire discovered in detention room of Dessau Police Station caused death of Mr. Oury Jalloh. Deceased found chained to the wall and floor by his both hands and legs on reminds of burned mattress. It has passed 20 minutes between alarm off and the fire extinguished by fire brigade. Cigarette lighter was produced by policemen as source of ignition.

Download the full report as PDF file (contains potentially disturbing images!): Fire Investigation Report full