Ambassador Keith Harper, Permanent U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council, visited Berlin and met with German counterparts to discuss issues of common interest.
Ambassador Emerson hosted a lunch in honor of Ambassador Harper with members of the Bundestag, members of the German government and leaders of human rights NGOS. The lively discussions on the full range of human rights focused on US and German priorities for the Human Rights Council.
Later in the afternoon Ambassador Harper visited the Humboldt University for an in-depth discussion on human rights issues with students of the law faculty.
In this video interview, Ambassador Harper addresses human rights successes, the need for human rights advocacy after the tragedy in Paris, the balance between privacy and security concerns, the question why the U.S. still has a death penalty and explains why the U.S. judges other countries on their human rights record.