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Germany has been a member of the Council of Europe since 1950, and a founding member of the European Union. This chapter presents the relevant provisions of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany of 1949, as amended up to 29 July 2009. It presents provisions on equality before the law, freedom of faith and conscience, freedom of expression, arts and sciences, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, primacy of international law, political parties, and forfeiture of basic rights. The chapter also describes human rights related legislation, federal criminal code of 1998, as amended up to 2009, and provisions on non-discrimination and equality bodies / ombudsman.

Keywords:constitutional provisions; equality bodies; European Union; federal criminal code; Germany; human rights related legislation; non-discrimination; ombudsman



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