According to the latest annual report from the Ombudsman’s Office for Discrimination, significantly more people filed complaints of discrimination in Germany last year than in previous years. The ombudsman’s office, established in 2018, is a point of contact for people who have experienced discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability.
The report provides alarming findings: In 2020, a total of 1.365 people turned to the ombudsman’s office, compared to 1.076 in the previous year – an increase of almost 27%. About half of all complaints involved racial discrimination, followed by discrimination based on gender and ethnicity.
These figures are worrying and show that discrimination remains a problem faced by many people in Germany. However, the ombudsman office is an important step towards a more equitable and inclusive society and provides a platform for those affected to report their complaints and receive support.
The number of discrimination-related complaints is increasing
In Germany, cases of discrimination and unequal treatment are on the rise. More and more people are therefore turning to the ombudsman’s office for discrimination and violence. The Ombudsman’s Office is an independent body that receives complaints and supports people who have been victims of discriminatory behavior or violence.
The ombudsman’s office has seen a significant increase in complaints in recent years. These complaints cover a variety of forms of discrimination, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism. People with a migrant background, women, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities are particularly affected by discrimination.
- The ombudsman’s office offers free legal advice to affected people.
- The ombudsman’s office staff help affected individuals file complaints and fight back against discrimination.
- In addition, the ombudsman’s office works closely with other organizations to strengthen the rights of people who have been discriminated against and to fight discrimination.
Overall, it is important for people experiencing discrimination to speak up and file complaints. This is the only way to create a fairer society in which everyone is treated equally, regardless of origin, gender or sexual orientation.