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

May 27, 1952

The DDR seals its western border

Tens of thousands of East Germans have fled from the DDR into the West since 1945. The DDR increases its security along its demarcation lines with the West, effectively closing the borders. The division between East and West becomes a physical obstacle. Free movement is only allowed between East and West in Berlin.