In Germany, it is forbidden to discriminate against, insult, frighten, humiliate or hurt the honour of somebody based on certain characteristics.

These characteristics include:

  1. No one is allowed to be discriminated against because of his/her origin. It does not matter what country a person comes from or where s/he grew up.
  2. It is forbidden to discriminate against someone because of his/her gender. This includes men, women, and people who are not categorically men or women.
  3. It is forbidden to discriminate against someone because of his/her sexual orientation, for example because s/he is homosexual.
  4. It is forbidden to discriminate against someone because of a mental or physical disability.
  5. It is forbidden to discriminate against someone because of a religious belief or world view - this includes people of all religions and also people who do not have a religion.
  6. It is forbidden to discriminate against someone because of his/her age - regardless of whether s/he is young or old.

If you are being discriminated against, harassed, insulted or treated in a hostile manner by other people, contact a counselling centre near you.

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