“Human rights protection is the overriding objective of modern city management”, said Lord-Mayor of Weimar (Germany)
Experiences in his own municipality with regard to shaping human rights policies at local level were at the center of the contribution by the Lord-Mayor of Weimar, Stefan Wolf, to the Congress general debate on Wednesday afternoon. In the case of Weimar, the “Buchenwald legacy” - a joint declaration by former concentration camp prisoners and the city council on fostering remembrance and combating right-wing extremism - would provide a key basis in this respect, said Wolf. He also mentioned the international human rights prize awarded by Weimar for many years.
As an important indicator for the situation of human rights at local and regional level, Wolf highlighted the existence of active communication with citizens who are geographically or politically marginalised – the unemployed, asylum seekers or people living in underprivileged areas. “Progressive and modern human rights policies aimed, for instance, at the development of social housing or the integration of disadvantaged population groups, does not need justification. The protection of fundamental rights is nowadays the overriding objective of political and administrative action of the authorities concerned. In Weimar, this goal is also pursued through the promotion of municipal enterprises”, stated Wolf.