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Afrika Blog der IRZ

Website: IRZ dialogue afroallemande

Der mehrsprachige Blog des Projektbereichs „Afrika IRZ Dialogue Juridique Afro-Allemand“ unterstützt die internationale, rechtliche Zusammenarbeit digital. Hier tauschen sich Juristinnen und Juristen aus afrikanischen Partnerstaaten der IRZ sowie aus Deutschland zu verschiedenen, rechtlichen Themen aus.

Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the website published at for IRZ e.V. (Deutsche Stiftung für internationale rechtliche Zusammenarbeit eingetragener Verein or German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation).

As a public sector body governed by Directive (EU) 2016/2102, we strive to make our websites and mobile applications accessible in accordance with the provisions of the German Federal Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (“Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz des Bundes” or BGG) and the Ordinance on Accessible Information Technology (Barrierefreie-Informationstechnik-Verordnung or BITV 2.0) implementing Directive (EU) 2016/2102.

Status of compatibility with requirements

The accessibility requirements are pursuant to §§ 3 paragraphs 1 to 4 of the BITV 2.0, which was enacted on the basis of § 12d BGG.

The compliance review is based on an assessment carried out in January 2021 according to legal requirements and global standards (EN 301 549, BITV 2.0).

The website is only partially compliant with the aforementioned requirements, as the following exceptions were identified in the review.

The contents listed below are not free from barriers:

  • Content in German sign language and easy-to-read language is missing.
  • Images and graphic functions do not always have meaningful alternative texts.
  • The hierarchy of headings that can be determined programmatically deviates in part from the structure of page contents.
  • Some input fields do not have a label that can be determined programmatically.
  • The reading order is not consistently logical, making it difficult for screen reader users to grasp content.
  • The contrast requirements are not consistently met.
  • There are font graphics for which no programmatically determinable alternative information is available.
  • The language selection function cannot be operated with the keyboard.
  • When navigating with the keyboard, the focus is not always clearly visible.
  • Text parts in other languages are not sufficiently marked for screen readers.
  • Links to document formats such as PDF are not consistently marked accordingly.
  • PDF documents are not barrier-free.
  • Not all controls have a name, role or status that can be determined for assistive technologies (e.g. screen readers).

IRZ e.V. is constantly working on improving its website and, due to the abundance of material on the portal, has not yet been able to make all content and services digitally accessible. We are currently working on the relaunch of our website and plan to make all the content on the new website accessible.

Date of declaration

This declaration was made on 11 January 2021.

Contact and feedback options

If you would like to inform us about existing barriers or ask for information on the implementation of accessibility, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please write to us at our contact email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can also contact us by post or by phone: IRZ e.V. (Deutsche Stiftung für internationale rechtliche Zusammenarbeit eingetragener Verein or German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation)

Postal address

Postfach 200409, D-53134 Bonn, Germany
Office address
Ubierstraße 92, D-53173 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 228 9555-0
Fax: +49 (0) 228 9555-100

Arbitration procedure

If no satisfactory solution has been found even after your feedback to the contact provided above, you can contact the arbitration body in accordance with § 16 BGG. The BGG arbitration body is tasked with supporting out-of-court dispute resolution in the event of disputes relating to accessibility between persons with disabilities and public bodies in Germany. The arbitration procedure is free of charge. There is no need to involve legal counsel. For more information on the arbitration procedure and how to apply, please contact:

You can contact the arbitration service at the following address:

Arbitration Service for the German Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
at the German Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities
Mauerstraße 53
D-10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 18 527-2805
Fax: +49 (0) 30 18 527-2901
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Annual “Human Dimension Implementation Meeting” in Warsaw

During the week of 19 to 30 September 2016, the “Human Dimension Implementation Meeting” took place under this year's German chairmanship of the OSCE. The event held in Warsaw is the largest annual human rights conference held in Europe and OSCE countries. Some 1,500 representatives of numerous governments and non-governmental organisations attended this year’s meeting. The central concerns to be addressed by the German chairmanship in 2016 were freedom of the media and speech, strengthening the civil society and tolerance as a basis for social interaction, the rule of law and respect for human rights in OSCE states.

This year, the IRZ, in partnership with the German Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, helped to organise a side event on “Independence and accountability of justice”, which took place on 23 September 2016. During a panel discussion lasting one and a half hours, high-ranking representatives of the justice system from IRZ partner countries introduced, amongst other things, the work of the IRZ in the context of legal and judicial reform in the relevant countries. The panel discussion was opened with a welcoming speech by Eva Schmierer, Head of the Administration of Justice Department at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV), and by Veronika Keller-Engels, IRZ Managing Director. The discussions were moderated by Dr. Stefan von der Beck, Presiding Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg.

As well as Dr. Peter Best, who reported on his experiences in leading EU twinning projects focussing on human rights, the following people were also represented on the discussion panel:

  • Victor Kryvenko, a judge at the Constitutional Court of Ukraine,
  • Zlatko Knežević, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
  • Dr. Vladimir Grosu, former Minister of Justice for the Republic of Moldova,
  • Prof. Dr. Xhezair Zaganjori, President of the Supreme Court of Albania,
  • Prof. Konstantin Korkelia, Permanent Representative for Georgia at the European Council and
  • Nikolay Belorukov, Member of the Constitutional Council for the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The event offered an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences and provided the audience with an insight into the judicial systems of the various countries.