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."
In many prisons in Malawi conditions are alarming. People remain in custody for years without any legal basis. Steve Sikwese wants to change this. He works for the small Paralegal Support Institute (PASI) and makes sure that inmates get the legal support they are entitled to.
In Turkey a crackdown following last year’s failed coup continues unabated. Now, human rights groups are voicing alarm at what they see as a worrying new development: people being dragged off the streets by masked men into unmarked vans. The abductions are resurrecting chilling memories of one of Turkey’s darkest chapters. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
Today, the legendary Koh-I-Noor diamond is part of the UK's Crown Jewels. The story of the diamond mirrors the history if South Asia. First discovered in medieval India, the diamond went on a chequered journey across countries and continents. It's a thrilling story of wars and wealth, treason and secrets - and about a curse, that's said to strike all male owners of the Koh-I- Noor.
A German publishing group lodged a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights over Turkey's detention of reporter Deniz Yucel. He was detained in February and stands accused of spreading "terrorist propaganda."
A Russian court has ordered a reporter back to his native Uzbekistan, from where he fled in 2008 after claiming to have been tortured. The independent journalist reportedly tried to end his life in the court building.