Human Rights

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Universal Wrongs

Human rights continue to be a black eye for governments worldwide. From the Sudan to Russia, to the War on Terror, the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights have a full docket of cases from around the globe.

Arbeitsbedingungen auf WM-Baustellen in Russland: Human Rights Watch kritisiert Fifa

Arbeitsbedingungen auf WM-Baustellen in Russland: Human Rights Watch kritisiert Fifa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2017

Hungerlöhne, kaum Schutzmaßnahmen, schlechte Arbeitsbedingungen auf den WM-Baustellen in Russland: Human Rights Watch übt in einem Report Kritik an der Fifa. Der Fußballweltverband sieht die Debatte ganz anders. mehr...

Yemen Foreign Minister: 'Our Enemies Want to Starve Us'

Yemen Foreign Minister: 'Our Enemies Want to Starve Us'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 19, 2017

The ongoing civil war in Yemen has already cost 10,000 lives and there are no indications that peace will take hold any time soon. SPIEGEL spoke with the foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Houthi government about why the violence continues unabated. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]


Tasting Freedom: Saudi Arabia Experiments with Reform Amid Economic Downturn

Tasting Freedom: Saudi Arabia Experiments with Reform Amid Economic Downturn

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2017

As oil riches have declined in Saudi Arabia, the crisis has forced change in the country. Women are joining the workforce and music is even being permitted on the streets. Can the world's most conservative nation reinvent itself? By Susanne Koelbl In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia more... Comment ]

War on Doctors: The Deadly Business of War-Zone Medical Care

War on Doctors: The Deadly Business of War-Zone Medical Care

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2016

With governments bombing hospitals and militias attacking medical staff, the work of Doctors without Borders is in jeopardy. Rules to protect aid workers in war zones are increasingly being ignored. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]


Within Reach: Gloria Steinem's Life-Long Fight for Women's Rights

Within Reach: Gloria Steinem's Life-Long Fight for Women's Rights

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2016

In the 1960s, Gloria Steinem became the icon of the women's movement and she hasn't slowed down since. Now, the US may elect a female president for the first time in its history. Has feminism finally reached its goal? By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Ugandan President Museveni: 'This Is Our Continent, Not Yours'

Ugandan President Museveni: 'This Is Our Continent, Not Yours'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 10, 2016

SPIEGEL speaks with Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for three decades, about the West's role in fostering African Islamist terror, his opposition to the International Criminal Court and whether he is himself abusing his power. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Sex Slave Legacy: The Children of Islamic State

Sex Slave Legacy: The Children of Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2016

Islamic State fighters are known to keep sex slaves. Although they usually force the women to use contraception, many still become pregnant with their rapists' babies. The women who manage to escape are left with deep emotional scars. By Katrin Kuntz and Maria Feck (Photos) more... Comment ]

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2016

Turkey is calling for criminal proceedings against a German comedian who crudely disparaged its president on public television. Personally ordered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the complaint threatens to create a massive political crisis for Chancellor Merkel. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]


Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

When he first came to power, Turkish President Erdogan embarked on a path of modernization. But the growth of a new elite withered those reforms and now, an autocracy is taking hold. It is time for the West to rethink its relations with Turkey. An Essay by Michael Werz more... Comment ]

Turkish Author Elif Shafak: 'We've Forgotten How to Laugh'

Turkish Author Elif Shafak: 'We've Forgotten How to Laugh'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2015

Turkish author Elif Shafak sees her country as a "wobbly democracy," increasingly authoritarian, polarized and depressed. And she is disappointed by European silence. Interview by Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]