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Human rights not a minor issue

Human rights not a minor issue

Child labor in a cobalt mine in Congo © Thomas Coombes/amnesty international

Human rights not a minor issue

Bangladeshi seamstresses © dpa

With a national action plan, the German government wants to ensure that German companies take responsibility for working conditions abroad. Armin Pasch of the Catholic relief organization Misereor criticizes the plans as too lax.

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We bone scaffolds of commerce

Friedhelm Hengsbach is one of Germany's best-known social ethicists. In an interview with our site, the Jesuit talks about the consequences of an economic system that has lost sight of the human being – and its natural limits.



Interviewer: You once said: the economy shapes our lives down to our skeleton. Why?

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After the sledgehammer, diplomacy

Sophisticated argumentation is as familiar to the former Jesuit student as the sledgehammer method is to the former CDU secretary general. As a mediator, Heiner Geibler has repeatedly demonstrated that he also has negotiating skills. Now he is to take part in the dispute over Stuttgart 21.

Baden-Wurttemberg's Prime Minister Stefan Mappus has suggested Geibler as a mediator in the dispute over the "Stuttgart 21" rail project. Geibler is also ready to act as an "objective mediator," Mappus said Wednesday in Stuttgart's state parliament. Geibler comes from Baden-Wurttemberg. "And he knows the country and its people," the CDU politician attested.

Rottenburg-Stuttgart Bishop Gebhard Furst welcomes the proposal. He explained in Rottenburg on Wednesday that Geibler was an experienced personality who was respected far beyond party lines. Furst wished the mediation efforts "all possible success".

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Flood of donations for the industrialized nation

The first appeal for donations for Japan was not long in coming: Already on the day after the catastrophe, the alliance "Aktion Deutschland hilft" went public. Within a week, several million euros have been collected. But one thing is different this time: for the first time in years, Germans are collecting for an industrialized country – after all, the third strongest economy in the world.

The German Red Cross (DRK) has received 2.9 million euros so far. The alliance "Aktion Deutschland hilft", which includes Care Deutschland, Johanniter and Malteser, managed 700.000 Euros. This means that after seven days, the volume of donations is as high as after the devastating earthquake in bitterly poor Haiti.

The donations will be forwarded in full to the Japanese Red Cross, says DRK spokeswoman Svenja Koch. In the disaster areas there is still a lack of water, food and medical care. Over 2.000 caregivers took care of traumatized victims. Other funds would be used for reconstruction, health stations or gasoline.