Human rights are moral principles which apply to all humans. At least in theory, they apply to all humans equally, anywhere in the world.
Human rights are protected as legal rights in national and international law. These were developed in the aftermath of the Second World War, culminating in the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. This page collates recent DW content with the keyword "human rights."
This week, we'll hear from people who've overcome all sorts of struggles in their lives: We meet a woman in Australia who was taken from her Aboriginal family decades ago and put in a foster home, a pastor with a criminal past who's helping kids survive in Mexico and women in Tanzania who marry other women to secure their future after their husbands have died. And: attacks on human rights.
Murder, surveillance and trolling - 2016 was not a good year for human rights defenders. According to Amnesty International (AI), it was a year of unparalleled global assault, clampdowns on civil society and rampant use of surveillance. 281 people were killed for defending human rights - up from 156 the year before. DW speaks with Guadalupe Marengo, head of AI's Global Human Rights Defenders Team.
Adelaide Wenberg (pictured left) was taken from her family as a young child. She and her siblings belong to the so-called "stolen generations" in Australia where kids from Aboriginal families were forcibly removed from their homes. Australia's assimilation policy up until the 1970s considered indigenous culture to be inferior to that of mainstream white Australia.
Murder, assault and surveillance: 2016 was not a good year for human rights defenders, according to Amnesty International. 281 activists were killed, many more silenced. We need better protection, says Guadalupe Marengo.
The relocation comes after a months' long bombing campaign by the Syrian military, with support from Russia and Iran. It's the last rebel stronghold in the capital, with many people being sent north to Idlib province.