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."
One of the world's longest-held journalists has been released, according to Human Rights Watch. Uzbek journalist Muhammad Bekjanov is the latest political prisoner release after the election of Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Amnesty International notes an alarming deteriorating of the human rights situation in many countries. That is partly due to a global trend towards more aggressive and more divisive politics. The way Donald Trump deals with critics and the media sets a really bad example in this respect. Principles of human dignity and equality under assault worldwide, as AI's Tirana Hassan explains.
South Africa has plenty of experience with immigration. Refugees and other migrants from all over Africa are drawn to the continent’s southern tip. And South African law grants asylum seekers more rights there than the UN Refugee Convention demands. But not all is as great as it seems on paper. What can European countries experiencing an influx of refugees right now learn from South Africa?
More than 300 academics, including some of Turkey's most prominent scholars, were dismissed last week under the country’s state of emergency rule. The latest removals have provoked an unprecedented backlash, with academics protesting across the country. They say the very basis of university education in Turkey is under threat.