Brussels is seeking to build influence in Southeast Asia. But the EU's habit of criticizing governments over human rights doesn't go down too well in the region.
The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Austria's Volker Türk, granted a wide-ranging interview to FRANCE 24 from Geneva. This week, the High Commissioner travelled to Ukraine to observe first-hand the consequences of Russia's invasion on the Ukrainian people.
El Salvador's president is waging war on gang violence. But human rights advocates tell DW that waves of mass arrests in the Central American country have swept innocent people into a violent, and deadly, prison system.
21 Nov 2022
German soccer boss Bernd Neuendorf said his team was prepared to be fined for wearing a multi-colored armband in Qatar. He also didn't rule out other protest actions by German players at the World Cup.
19 Nov 2022
The Gulf nation of Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup, even as human rights groups document the colossal loss of life among migrant labourers working on the country's massive construction programme. Moreover, Qatar's attitude to same-sex relationships has prompted calls for the Emirate to be shunned.
25 Oct 2022
"Around the globe there is a backlash against human rights defenders and a backlash against democracy", but "we must not lose hope". So says Alice Mogwe, director of the International Federation for Human Rights (known by its French acronym FIDH), which is celebrating its centenary in Paris this week.
10 Oct 2022
Two human rights organizations and a jailed activist won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to document abuses of power and war crimes. This year's joint honor goes to Belarus political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, the Russian human rights group Memorial and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties.
8 Oct 2022
It was the report that China hoped would never see the light of day. Just minutes before her mandate ended, the office of now-former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet published its long-overdue assessment of human rights in China's Xinjiang region.
1 Oct 2022
Elizabeth Shoo speaks to Somali human rights activist Ilwad Elman, the winner of the 2020 German African Prize. Having left Somalia at a young age, she returned to her homeland in 2010 to follow in the footsteps of her activist family. Today her organization rehabilitates child soldiers and victims of sexual violence.
11 Sep 2022
The new commissioner, Volker Türk, is replacing the outgoing Michelle Bachelet. Particular attention will be placed on his response to a recent report on abuses in China.
1 Jul 2022
Every year, some 10,000 low-paid migrant labourers return home to southeast Asia from the Gulf in body bags. Half of these deaths are unexplained, and with no labour laws in place — nor any will from home nations to investigate — the cycle of exploitation continues unabated. These figures are estimates published in a report from the NGO FairSquare. As summer begins, more and more of these vulnerable workers are succumbing to heat-related illnesses. For more, we speak to Nicholas McGeehan, Director of FairSquare Research and Projects.
3 Jun 2022
The country's ombudsperson for human rights, Lyudmyla Denisova, is accused of having neglected her duties. But human rights activists have criticized her dismissal.