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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.

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 ]

Obituary: Nelson Mandela, Champion of Freedom

Obituary: Nelson Mandela, Champion of Freedom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

With Nelson Mandela's passing, the world has lost one of the past century's great leaders, a man who fought oppression and spent decades in prison in his battle against apartheid. In the end, he was forced to watch as his successors jeopardized his life's work. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Migrant Abuse: MEPs Plan Qatar Trip after Damning Resolution

Migrant Abuse: MEPs Plan Qatar Trip after Damning Resolution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

Amid ongoing criticism over the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar, the European Parliament has announced it will send a delegation to the 2022 World Cup host. On Thursday, MEPs issued a resolution condemning conditions for these workers in the Gulf state, though Doha called the resolution "premature." more... Comment ]

Shelter in Europe: Court Orders Asylum for Persecuted Gays

Shelter in Europe: Court Orders Asylum for Persecuted Gays

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

An EU court ruled Thursday that gays and lesbians persecuted in other countries have the right to asylum in Europe, as long as they fulfill certain conditions. The decision came in a case involving three African men seeking safe haven in the Netherlands. more... Comment ]

Boy, Girl, Other: Intersex Advocates Call for Surgery Ban

Boy, Girl, Other: Intersex Advocates Call for Surgery Ban

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

A new law in Germany allows parents to leave their child's gender blank on birth certificates. Intersex activists are pleased, but want to go further. Often themselves scarred by invasive operations performed at birth, some want to prohibit sex reassignment surgeries on children. By Irene Habich more... Comment ]

'They Want Scapegoats': Hungary Cracks Down on Homelessness

'They Want Scapegoats': Hungary Cracks Down on Homelessness

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2013

The conservative Hungarian government has repeatedly targeted the homeless with its recent policies. Now a new ban on sleeping outdoors is drawing outrage and accusations of scapegoating. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Daughters for Sale: India's Child Slavery Scourge

Daughters for Sale: India's Child Slavery Scourge

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

Millions of Indian children work as slaves in factories, brothels or in the homes of families. Out of poverty and desperation, parents sell their daughters, and human traffickers wait at train stations for runaways and scour for orphans in monsoon-ravaged villages. By Anne Backhaus more... Video | Comment ]