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."
The German government has increased the pressure on companies to ensure decent working conditions and pay for people producing for those firms in the Global South. Miriam-Saage-Maass from the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights highlights the issues involved.
In 2016, Edafe Okporo fled to the US from his native Nigeria to escape persecution for being gay, only to find himself behind bars. Now he's running New York's only homeless shelter for refugees, and is trying to help other migrants avoid being locked up.
In some parts of the world, access to water is as simple as turning on the tap. But for many people that's not an option. Take Bolivia, for instance. The South American country that's been dealing with torrential rains and landslides is suffering from a lack of drinking water as glaciers melt away. Thomas Kruchem went to explore; his report is presented by Sue Cox.
Jocelyn Aquiatan has been campaigning to protect indigenous rights in the southern Philippines for more than 20 years. She's the executive director of the Intercultural Organizations Network for Solidarity and Peace (ICON-SP) in Mindanao — a resource-rich part of the country where hundreds of indigenous people have been displaced by mining projects.