A human rights group says it has evidence of crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian rebels. Human Rights Watch says fighters linked to al-Qaeda executed nearly 200 civilians in several pro-government villages in August.
Some of the world's worst rights abusers already have seats on the UN Human Rights Council. The Philippines and Eritrea have been controversially elected to join the likes of Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Germany has approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia to the tune of more than €400 million this year. The latest figures have angered those demanding an export stop in view of the kingdom's doubtful human rights record.
The demilitarized buffer zone in the Syrian city of Idlib may be established on Monday — if Damascus and the rebels stick to the agreement. DW explains the key points.
Poland sees Ukrainian human rights activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska as an enemy of the state. But the German parliament has invited her to speak in Berlin, putting a chill on already frosty relations with Warsaw.
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