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."
As the UN Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, we take a look at the state of human rights. Are our democracies at risk as populism rises? We also go to Jordan to see how Syrian refugees are faring and check in with returnees in Somaliland who are now trying to realize their dreams back home.
Authoritarian populists are on the rise around the world, from US President Donald Trump to President-elect Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. In Hungary and Poland, populist leaders are destroying the free press and are undermining independent institutions. DW speaks to Arch Puddington, Distinguished Scholar for Democracy Studies with the US-based NGO Freedom House.
This week marks 70 years of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It's a milestone document enshrining fundamental human rights – from acknowledging that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights to the right to freedom of expression and access to information. Unfortunately, reality often doesn't live up to that.
On this week’s #77percent radio show we ask: Are your human rights respected where you are? As the world marked the 70th anniversary of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights young Cameroonians tell us what human rights mean to them. Our guest is Cameroonian journalist Mimi Mefo who was arrested by the government and later released without charge for her critical reporting.
Hakeem Al-Araibi, a former member of Bahrain's national football team, says he fears for his life if he is extradited from Thailand. Minky Worden of Human Rights Watch told DW that his extradition would be unacceptable.
What do human rights mean to our listeners as UN marks 70 years since its declaration?+++Amnesty International calls on ICC to fully probe Boko Haram conflict atrocities+++ Togo opposition accuses government of brutal crackdown after deaths during protests