Syrian journalist Yara Bader, co-director together with her husband Mazen Darwish of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, wrote a letter to British paper The Guardian to demand his release after over one year in prison.
The genocide against the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during the Great War (1915-2015): this is the title of the international conference that will take place in Paris at the Mémorial de la Shoah from 25 to 28 March, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Dyana Shaloufi Rizek tells Gariwo about her experience at hosting the first European Day of the Righteous ever held in Israel and about the chosen theme, "The Righteous in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict".
"I am concerned for our future. I am worried about the policy of the government and also ashamed of it. I am concerned because of the growing violence. But I am happy to be an Israeli, and happy to be a citizen in a country where every taxi driver with their own personal formula for instant redemption, everyone yelling all the time and no one listening. I listen, because I make a living out of it". Amos Oz' remarks at INSS
On March 9th 2015 for the first time in Israel, a seminar was taking place under the title: Rescuers in genocide and humanitarian disasters human made. On March 10th Gariwo's Israeli branch was inaugurated in Neve Shalom. Yair Auron remembers those who, during dark periods of manmade humanitarian disasters, ethnic cleansing and genocide, did not succumb to the popular current.
The celebrations of European Day of the Righteous saw the participation of numerous Italian towns, which, through meetings, conferences, shows, documentaries, books and planting of new Gardens, have paid tribute to all those who have fought and still fight against genocide and to defend human dignity.
On "European Day of the Righteous" the Parliament of "Land" Nordrhine Westphalia honored two men from this region who have opposed crimes against the humanity: Armin T. Wegner and Dogan Akhanli.
Past and Present, the always Needed Righteous - organized by Gariwo - Garden of the Righteous of Prague, for the third annual European Day of the Righteous. International Conference on 11 March from 4 to 7 p.m. at Goethe Institut in Prague followed by concert Komitas/Sahakiants, liturgy for string instruments performed by the Orchestra of Karolina University directed by Haig Utidjian.
In Kigali a great ceremony will take place on 15 March. Yolande Mukagasana, witness to the genocide against the Tutsies, Righteous in the Milan Garden on Monte Stella Hill and director of the Rwandan Branch of Gariwo, sent us her wishes for EU Day of the Righteous. In French.
Kaludka, the brave woman who kept the memory of Peshev alive
Kaludka Kiradzieva, Dimitar Peshev’s niece, has left us. Together with her sister Kicka, she took care for years of the Vicepresident of the Bulgarian Parliament, the great personality behind the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews who was though condemned by the Communist regime as an anti-Semite and a people’s enemy.
Out of the 43 deputies who, following the lead of Peshev in 1943, raised their voice by issuing a political document in favour of the Jews, 20 were sentenced to death, 6 to life in prison, 8 to serve 15-year jail terms, 4 to serve 5, in 1945 by the Communist tribunals.
Peshev escaped the death penalty by miracle, thanks to the courage of his Jewish lawyer, Josif Nissim Jasharov, but had to serve a harsh sentence: 15 years in jail, forced labour and the seizure of all his goods.
I will miss her smile.
Hereby we publish the remarks of Honorary Consul of Armenia and Gariwo co-founder Pietro Kuciukian, held at the Garden of the Righteous on Monte Stella Hill on 6 March 2015, in honor of the vali of Aleppo Mehmet Gelal Bey.
The words of Alganesh Fessaha
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