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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.

Lessons of Hong Kong: The West's Guiding Light Has Dimmed

Lessons of Hong Kong: The West's Guiding Light Has Dimmed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2019

In Hong Kong, protesters are courageously fighting for democracy, rule of law and human rights -- values that the West used to promote. But not anymore, showing just how dramatically the world order has changed. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more...

Prisoners of Their Own Rebellion: The Cult-Like Group Fighting Iran

Prisoners of Their Own Rebellion: The Cult-Like Group Fighting Iran

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2019

Members of the Trump administration have been providing support to a political sect that aims to topple the Iranian regime in Tehran. Around 2,000 of its members live in a camp in Albania. Former members say it subjected followers to psychological terror. By Luisa Hommerich more... Comment ]


Partner homosexueller Diplomaten: USA beschränken Visa-Vergabe

Partner homosexueller Diplomaten: USA beschränken Visa-Vergabe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2018

Partner von homosexuellen Diplomaten bekommen in den USA seit 2009 ein Visum ausgestellt - egal ob sie verheiratet sind oder nicht. Das soll sich nun ändern. mehr...

World Press Freedom Day: Hungary's Attack on the Media Is Un-European

World Press Freedom Day: Hungary's Attack on the Media Is Un-European

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2018

A Hungarian newspaper with close ties to the government has published a black list of foreign correspondents. One of those on the list is SPIEGEL ONLINE reporter Keno Verseck. It's just one more example of the country's slide into authoritarianism. An Editorial By Barbara Hans more... Comment ]


Europe at Its Ugliest: The Refugee Scandal on the Island of Lesbos

Europe at Its Ugliest: The Refugee Scandal on the Island of Lesbos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2017

As winter arrives, the situation on the Greek island of Lesbos is unsustainable. Conditions at the refugee camps are horrific and island residents are tired of being left in the lurch by Athens and the EU. A visit to ground zero of European ignominy. By Giorgos Christides and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

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 ]