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Civil Rights

Chavez: 'Migrant workers in the US deserve new laws'

ImageA new film depicting the life of American migrant rights campaigner Cesar Chavez recently opened in US cinemas. DW spoke to Chavez's son, Paul, who says the rights of migrant workers are often still forgotten today.


'Migrant Files:' The EU's refugee victims

Again and again, refugees die during an attempt to reach European territory. Now a group of European journalists has found that the EU's lure claims a higher number of casualties than previously thought.


Commercial project threatens Pakistan's historic temple

A Hindu temple in Pakistan is under threat by the construction of a skyscraper. While the builders say the project is beneficial for Karachi's denizens, the minority Hindus see it as another assault on their faith.

Human Rights

Landmark UK trial against FGM

The UK's first ever prosecution under the Female Genital Mutilation Act is due to take place this week. Campaigners have welcomed the historic trial, but insist that much more must be done to prevent FGM.


The discovery of water changes lives in Kenya

The discovery of vast water reserves in Kenya's dry north could change the lives of people across the country. But even as locals celebrate, some worry that corruption will deny thirsty communities their right to water.


'Landmines more dangerous the older they get'

In nearly 60 nations worldwide, landmines buried underground remain a deadly threat to people. Former German Army Captain Gunder Pitzke works clearing mined areas and told DW about the hazards of the job.


Military spending on the rise, except in the West

Even as many countries increase their militaries' budgets, global defense spending dropped by almost 2 percent in 2013, according to a new report. Most of the cuts are due to shifting spending in the West.


Nigeria overtakes South Africa as the continent’s largest economy

Africa has a new economic frontrunner. Nigeria has released figures suggesting the oil-rich country has overtaken South Africa in terms of gross domestic product. But do the numbers reflect reality?


Giving a face to Pakistan's drone victims

A group of Pakistani artists have come up with a novel idea of creating empathy among the US drone operators for victims of their strikes by placing huge posters of children in the country's restive tribal areas.


Samaritan ritual slaughter keeps tradition alive

Every year, the Samaritans in the West Bank celebrate Passover by slaughtering sheep. It's another way to keep traditions alive for a people that's facing genetic problems in an ever-dwindling population.

Human Rights

'Slavery exists in every country'

The Global Freedom Network, a new working group of religious leaders, aims to put a stop to slavery. Gina Dafalia is hopeful that the brainchild of an Australian billionaire and her Walk Free Foundation will succeed.


'Inequality can break down social order'

Liberia's president is seeking better governance and conflict management in Africa. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf talked to DW in advance of Wednesday's summit between the European Union and Africa.


Egyptians protest new law on demonstrations

One month before the presidential elections protests against the government are increasing in Egypt. The activists demand more rights and the release of political prisoners.


Brazilian favela swaps poverty for wealth

Once ruled by drugs and violence, Rio de Janeiro's slum district Vidigal is becoming a trendy place to live. This has led to rising prices, causing some of the poor residents to move out.