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UN: immigrant women need better protection

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Germany must do more to protect immigrant women within its borders from domestic violence, and to promote the hiring of more female managers in business, the United Nations says.

The "high level of violence" suffered by immigrant women particularly from Turkey and Russia is of particular concern, the UN report said on Thursday.

Overall, the country got good marks for human rights conditions, but was found lacking in its deportation of asylum seekers and in the poor integration of the Sinti and Roma populations.

The report said that although the German government and agencies haddone considerable work to combat violence against women, more needed to be done, and it called for closer collaboration on the state and federal levels.

Germany is also still failing to promote enough women to leadership positions in business, the UN said. The continuing pay gap between men and women was also of concern. The government should “considerably strengthen” its efforts to promote the hiring of women for leadership positions in the private sector, according to the report.

The report also addresses several issues related to asylum seekers in Germany, and calls on the federal government to ensure that asylum seekers, even those suspected of terrorism, not be deported to countries that torture people.

The UN human rights experts also say Germany should decide whether it will extend the freeze it has on sending asylum seekers who entered the EU through Greece back to the troubled country.

The Roma and Sinti populations in Germany should also have better access to education, housing, work, and healthcare, the report finds. The federal government should also do more to prevent the spread of racist propaganda on the internet, the experts say.

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