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"Speaking the language of freedom is a crime"

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.

Persecutions > Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide in the Great War

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.

Righteous > European Day of the Righteous

​"Honoring the Righteous" event in Neve Shalom

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". 

Persecutions > Human rights and crimes against humanity

Is Amos Oz a traitor?

"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

Righteous > European Day of the Righteous

The Righteous honored in Neve Shalom

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.

Gardens > Others in Italy

6 March in Italy

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.

Righteous > European Day of the Righteous

First European Day of the Righteous in Germany

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

Righteous > European Day of the Righteous

International conference in Prague

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.

Righteous > European Day of the Righteous

"Happy Day of the Righteous Worldwide!"

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.

the analysis

​Choosing the right word

editorial by Gabriele Nissim, chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous, 1 April 2015

We must give a proper name to what is happening today in the Arab and Muslim World, with the advance of the IS and the row of attacks unfolding in those countries, which are hitting European citizens, too.

Unless we clarify things, we will possibly incur in two different sets of mistakes: being caught up in a feeling of fear and anguish, as if it were inevitable for the Muslim reliigion to generate a certain kind of monsters – as Oriana Fallaci wrote a few years ago –, thus conjuring up the idea of building walls between us and them, without even considering any opportunity of change; or being overwhelmed by a feeling of resignation and powerlessness, as if the situation of those countries did not affect us all and did not represent a challenge we are called to deal with. Very often this kind of relinquishment of our responsibility is paradoxically justified with the mistakes of the West.

Free Razan Zaitouneh

After 6 March

The speeches

Remembering Mehmet Gelal Bey

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.

"A tree for the thousand victims"

The words of Alganesh Fessaha

The other Righteous
honored on 6 March

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