GETTYAnnie Machon has said women "cannot feel safe to go out" in Germany due to fear of sexual assault
Annie Machon, a former MI5 intelligence officer, has criticised German authorities for not doing enough on stopping sexual assaults taking place.
In the lead up to New Year’s Eve Cologne Mayor, Henriette Reker, launched a wristband campaign aimed at stopping sexual assault.
Hundreds of wristbands with the word “respect” written on them were handed out across the city to members of the public.
Slamming Angela Merkel’s Germany for failing to do enough to tackle sexual assault Ms Machon said: “Germany is one of the leading western liberal democracies in the world.Related articles
“Yet women cannot feel safe to go out in the streets to celebrate a public holiday.
“What does that say about equality? What does it say about human rights for women in Germany these days?”
The wristband campaign was supposed to remind people how they should treat women.
It was introduced in response to events on New Year’s Eve on 2015 when as 1,000 women in the city were reported to have been sexually assaulted, groped, robbed or intimidated.