Photographer's Note

Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany

Today a somewhat different presentation of the usual TrekEarth themes.
After walking past the Paul-Löbe-Haus and the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus from my previous post, we find a long glass wall in front of the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus (New Building from 2002 for the housing of the German Parliament) with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany.
This constitution, which came into force on 23 May 1949, is the basis of modern Germany.

Scarred by its role in the 20th century during WWI and II, this constitution shows how Germany has learned its lessons from the past and enshrined human values in this constitution.

Photo 1 shows the text of Article 1, graphed in the glass wall.
Photo 2 and 3 in the workshop reflects and symbolizes how these rights are visible in everyday life.

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Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Art 1
(1) Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar. Sie zu achten und zu schützen ist Verpflichtung aller staatlichen Gewalt.
(2) Das Deutsche Volk bekennt sich darum zu unverletzlichen und unveräußerlichen Menschenrechten als Grundlage jeder menschlichen Gemeinschaft, des Friedens und der Gerechtigkeit in der Welt.
(3) Die nachfolgenden Grundrechte binden Gesetzgebung, vollziehende Gewalt und Rechtsprechung als unmittelbar geltendes Recht.

Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany
Art 1 - [Human dignity – Human rights – Legally binding force of basic rights]
(1) Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.
(2) The German people therefore acknowledge inviolable and inalienable human rights as the basis of every community, of peace and of justice in the world.
(3) The following basic rights shall bind the legislature, the executive and the judiciary as directly applicable law.

Art 2 - [Personal freedoms]
(1) Every person shall have the right to free development of his personality insofar as he does not violate the rights of others or offend against the constitutional order or the moral law.
(2) Every person shall have the right to life and physical integrity. Freedom of the person shall be inviolable. These rights may be interfered with only pursuant to a law.

Art 3 - [Equality before the law]
(1) All persons shall be equal before the law.
(2) Men and women shall have equal rights. The state shall promote the actual implementation of equal rights for women and men and take steps to eliminate disadvantages that now exist.
(3) No person shall be favoured or disfavoured because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith or religious or political opinions. No person shall be disfavoured because of disability.

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