Germany’s legislative power is vested in the Federal Council (Bundesrat), which is the representative body of the regional states (Länder), and the Federal Diet, or Parliament (Bundestag), which is democratically elected by the German people. The Bundestag’s most important functions are to prepare and adopt legislation, and to scrutinise the work of the government.

MPs of the Bundestag carry out most of their legislative work in standing committees. HRD issues are mainly dealt with by the Committee  on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid. For several years German MPs have contributed to the protection and promotion of human rights in third countries: adopting a motion in November 2003, calling on the government to enhance the protection of HRDs under threat through its cooperation with the EU and UN institutions; and launching the Parliamentarians Protect Parliamentarians campaign, which aims at fostering close contacts between Bundestag MPs and fellow-parliamentarians who are at risk in other countries.

Jan van Aken

Political Party: The Left (Die Linke) Position: Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Contact: jan.vanaken@bundestag.de
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Thomas Gambke

Political party: Alliance 90/The Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) Position: Member of Parliament (Bundestag); Chair of the ASEAN parliamentarian friendship group Contact: thomas.gambke@bundestag.de Tel: +49 (0)30-227-71547 Webpage: http://www.t-gambke.de http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/G/gambke_thomas.html
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Angelika Graf

Political Party: Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) Position: Member of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Committee Deputy Chair of the German-Austrian Parliamentary Friendship Group Contact: angelika.graf@bundestag.de +49 (0) 30 22 77 73 13 Web page: http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/G/graf_angelika.html http://www.grafspd.de/cms/
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Frank Heinrich

Political party:  Christian Democratic Union of Germany -CDU- and the Christian Social Union of Bavaria -CSU (Christlich Demokratische Union -CDU- and Christlich Demokratische Union -CSU) Position: Member of Parliament (Bundestag); Member of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Contact: frank.heinrich@bundestag.de Tel: +49 (0)30 227 71980 Twitter : @FrankHeinrich Webpage: http://www.frankheinrich.de/ http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/H/heinrich_frank.html  
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Barbara Höll

Political Party: The Left (Die Linke) Position: Member and Spokesperson of the parliamentary group on the Committee of Finance Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of the Southern Caucasus Contact: barbara.hoell@bundestag.de +49 (0)30  227-71262 Twitter: @BarbaraHoell Web page: http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/H/hoell_barbara.html http://www.barbara-hoell.de/
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Michael Kauch

Political Party: Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei) Position: Member of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the SADC States Deputy Chair of the erman-Cypriot Parliamentary Friendship Group Contact: michael.kauch@bundestag.de +49 (0)30 227-70535 Twitter: @michaelkauch Web page: http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/K/kauch_michael.html http://www.michael-kauch.de/
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Tom Koenigs

Political party: Alliance 90/The Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) Position: Member of Parliament (Bundestag); Chair of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Contact: tom.koenigs@bundestag.de +49 (030) 227 73335 Twitter : @KoenigsGruen Webpage: http://www.tomkoenigs.de http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/K/koenigs_tom.html
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Stefan Liebich

Political party: The Left (Die Linke) Position: Member of Parliament (Bundestag); Chair of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) States Parliamentary friendship group Contact: stefan.liebich@bundestag.de +49 (0)30-227-73621 Webpage: http://www.stefan-liebich.de/ http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/L/liebich_stefan.html http://blog.stefan-liebich.de
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Patrick Meinhardt

Political Party: Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei) Position: Member of the Committee on Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of East Africa. Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of Central Asia Contact: patrick.meinhardt@bundestag.de +49 (0)30 227 74 287 Twitter: @meinhardt Web page: http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/M/meinhardt_patrick.html http://www.patrickmeinhardt.de/ http://www.patrick-meinhardt.com
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Frank Schwabe

Political party: Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, SPD) Position: Member of Parliament (Bundestag); Member of the Central America Parliamentary friendship group Contact: frank.schwabe@bundestag.de +49 (0) 30 227 73638 Twitter : @FrankSchwabe Webpage:  http://www.frank-schwabe.de http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/S/schwabe_frank.html
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Christoph Strässer

Political Party: Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, SPD) Position: Member of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Committee Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the English- and Portuguese-speaking States of West and Central Africa Contact: christoph.straesser@bundestag.de +49 (0)30  227-71171 Web page: http://www.christoph-straesser.de/
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Daniela Wagner

Political party: Alliance 90/The Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) Position: Member of Parliament (Bundestag); Member of the Central America Parliamentary friendship group Contact: daniela.wagner@bundestag.de +49 (0)30 – 227 – 72344 Webpage: http://www.daniela-wagner.net http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/abgeordnete17/biografien/W/wagner_daniela.html
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