The Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC)

"Human Rights and Democracy in a Globalized World - Moving Towards an International Consensus"

(Berlin; October 1st - 4th, 2010)

Human Rights Introduction

November 9, 1989

The fall of the Berlin Wall

Poland and Hungary’s communist power begin to wane in conjunction with the protests throughout East Germany, which leads to the fall of communism in Germany, and ultimately Eastern Europe. On November 9th, 1989 the GDR formally announces that East Germans are free to visit West Germany. Scores of East Germans climb over the wall and celebrate with their Western brothers and sisters and scenes of Germans. This event leads to the complete reunification of Germany, which is finalized on October 3rd, 1990.