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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.

Selling Out: Berlin Sends Wrong Message By Welcoming Sisi

Selling Out: Berlin Sends Wrong Message By Welcoming Sisi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2015

The German government is welcoming Egypt's contentious President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a state visit on Wednesday. By doing so, Berlin is betraying its own values and interests in order to facilitate a multibillion euro business deal. A Commentary By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Burma's Stateless Muslims: The World's Most Persecuted Minority

Burma's Stateless Muslims: The World's Most Persecuted Minority

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2015

In Burma, thousands of members of the Rohingya Muslim minority are fleeing persecution from Buddhists. Abused by smugglers, they are being turned away from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. By Katrin Kuntz in Sittwe, Burma more... Comment ]

New Lives in Uruguay: Freedom Elusive after 12 Years at Guantanamo

New Lives in Uruguay: Freedom Elusive after 12 Years at Guantanamo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2015

Six former Guantanamo prisoners have been sharing a house in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo for the last six months. The planned closure of the US detention facility could hinge on the outcome of this experiment. By Marian Blasberg in Montevideo, Uruguay more... Comment ]

Opinion: The Myth of Humane Killing

Opinion: The Myth of Humane Killing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2015

Recent events involving a controversial drug, cruel mistakes and arbitrary, last-minute decisions have exposed the United States' system of capital punishment for exactly what it is: a human rights violation unworthy of a democracy. A Commentary By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Ex-FBI Official: 'We Left Our Most Important Prisoners To Amateurs'

Ex-FBI Official: 'We Left Our Most Important Prisoners To Amateurs'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2015

Former FBI agent Ali Soufan was one of the first to interrogate terror suspects at Guantanamo. He later left the prison and criticized torture methods used by the CIA. He accuses the government of turning interrogations of inmates over to outsourced amateurs. more... Comment ]

Guantanamo Prisoner Diary: 'We're Gonna Teach You About Great American Sex'

Guantanamo Prisoner Diary: 'We're Gonna Teach You About Great American Sex'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2015

Mauritanian national Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been held at Guantanamo for 12 years now without trial and despite a dearth of evidence. A diary he kept of his torture is now being published around the world. SPIEGEL presents some excerpts. By Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

The 390-Euro Man: A Pakistani Slave's Path to Freedom

The 390-Euro Man: A Pakistani Slave's Path to Freedom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2014

For more than 16 years, Hanif Masih worked as an indentured servant in a brick factory in Pakistan. Then, an aid organization purchased his freedom. Though he remains extremely poor, he is one of the lucky ones. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

A Tangle of Conflicts: The Dirty Business of Palm Oil

A Tangle of Conflicts: The Dirty Business of Palm Oil

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2014

Palm oil can be found in many of the products we consume each day. Much of it comes from Indonesia, where brutal methods are deployed against locals. One of the main suppliers says it is cleaning up its act, but has it really changed? By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]

Mistrust and Hate: The Frightening New Lives of Homosexuals in Uganda

Mistrust and Hate: The Frightening New Lives of Homosexuals in Uganda

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 17, 2014

On Feb. 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law allowing for life sentences for homosexuals. Since then, members of the country's gay and lesbian community have been going into hiding or leaving the country. Western pressure has been ineffective. By Jan Puhl in Kampala, Uganda more... Comment ]

Europe's Sin: Caribbean States Call for Slavery Reparations

Europe's Sin: Caribbean States Call for Slavery Reparations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2014

The leaders of 15 Caribbean countries are calling for reparations from European countries relating to the slave trade that took place 200 years ago. A lawyer representing them says the legacy of slavery still plagues the region today. Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]