Europe's new duty
By Gabriele Nissim

Europe's new duty

Topical issues

Tahir Elci: one year after the murder still no truth

The investigations on the killing of the Kurdish lawyer, human rights activist and Head of Diyarbakir Bar Association, gave no results. "Friends of Hrant" organization denounces the attempt by the State to conceal the murder of Tahir Elci just like the murder of Hrant Dink and demands justice.


Kurdish MED Nûçe TV must be turned on immediately

The appeal by the European journalists and the statement by Baykar Sivazliyan, President Emeritus of the Union of the Armenians of Italy, in support of the Kurdish TV based in Italy, shutdown by Eutelsat on demand by the Turkish authority, which after the failed coup switched off other TV and radio channels.


Turkey's model of democracy failed

In Turkey the attempt to meld democracy and Islam failed since Turks were not ready to deepen democracy and Europe gave no support to face Erdoğan's authoritarian turn. But the problem is to cut the linkage between religion and State, Turkish political analyst Cengiz Aktar, guest at Internazionale a Ferrara Festival, said.


Fundamentalism and terrorism

Terror, the true mask of death

Terrorists are fanatic fundamentalists pushed by unrestrained and unreasonable fundamentalism, racism and ignorance to kill, destroy, sow everywhere panic and horror. Blinded by hatred and revenge, they erase the dreams of children and their mothers and deface the beauty created by God and men. The suffering and crying of the innocent are for them a reason of feast, of pride and glory. By Hafez Haidar


And if I met a terrorist?

I have always wondered: "What would I do, how would I behave if I ever had to find myself in front of a Muslim fanatic or terrorist who is about to carry out an attack, or more "simply" in front of someone 'radicalized'?". By Sumaya Abdel Qader


How to dissuade a terrorist

Which arguments could we use in a cultural battle against Islamist terrorists? How to deprive them of their influence on the gray area of the Muslim world, the one that, though condemning them, then justifies them, saying they might nurture an aspiration toward justice as well? By Gabriele Nissim


If confronted with a jihadist, I would tell him about my pain

My friend Gabriele Nissim, seizing the occasion of the reprint of Yasmina Khadra's book L'attentato (original L'Attentat - in English The Attack), asked me what I could do to dissuade a terrorist fascinated by the narrative of Islamist jihadism. What could I do, also ... in reference with my own family experience. By Maryan Ismail


Day in memory of the Righteous of the Humanity

The law about the Righteous as a free choice

What is the meaning of the law in honour of the Righteous of the humanity scheduled to discussion in the Parliament, which - as hon. Emanuele Fiano told us - we hope can be approved within the month of October? By Gabriele Nissim


Day of the Righteous: the memory of offense, the memory of choice

We would like to place the the memory of resistance, of choice, side by side with the memory of offense, which we want to keep safe from any attempt of denial, repression or indifference. We would like to place the Day of the Righteous side by side with Holocaust Remembrance Day. By Anna Foa


"My commitment to a law about the Righteous in Italy's Parliament"

"The memory of the Righteous calls everyone of us to his or her own commitment to democracy, fighting against racism and intolerance, countering any kind of violence and arrogance of man against the other men". We have talked about it with Emanuele Fiano, deputy and speaker of the bill at the First Committee.


"The Righteous. Normality that rebels against evil"

The draft bill for the establishment in Italy of the Day in memory of the Righteous of the Humanity was scheduled to discussion in the First Committee. We talked about it with Milena Santerini, President of the Parliamentary Alliance against hatred and racism of the Council of Europe and promoter of the bill.


  • About us

    Gariwo is the acronym of Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide.

    We are a Non-Profit Organization based in Milan, with international coworkers.

    Since 1999 we have worked to make the people aware about the Righteous: we think that the memory of Good is a powerful educational tool and can help prevent cases of genocide and crimes against Humanity.

    This is why we create Gardens of the Righteous worldwide and use the communication means, social networks and public events to spread the message of responsibility. From the European Parliament we have obtained the establishment of the European Day of the Righteous - 6 March.

    Our activity is supported by institutions, schools, volunteers, an International Scientific Committee and our 'Ambassadors'.

  • ​The Gardens of the Righteous

    The Gardens are like open books that tell the Righteous’ stories.

    They are public spaces, places of memory, meeting and dialogue. Here it’s possible to organize initiatives for students and citizens, to keep alive the examples of the Righteous all the year round, not only by planting new trees.

    The Garden of Milan was born in 2003 at Monte Stella Park. The Association for the Garden of the Righteous - formed by Gariwo, Milan City Hall and UCEI - was created in 2008, and it takes care of the Garden activities.

    Every year, a lot of Gardens arise in cities and schools in Italy and all over the world.

    Our aim is to create a widespread network to connect everybody who believes in these topics.

  • European Day of the Righteous

    On 10 May 2012, Members of the Parliament in Strasbourg approved Gariwo’s call – signed by citizens and representatives from the world of culture – establishing the European Day of the Righteous. 

    Starting from the definition of Yad Vashem, we have extended the meaning of the term “Righteous” including men and women who, in every part of the world, saved lives in all the genocides and defended human dignity during totalitarianisms.

    The date of 6 March has been chosen because it coincides with the death of Moshe Bejski, the creator of the Avenue of the Righteous in Yad Vashem.

    Every year we celebrate the example of the Righteous of past and of the present, to spread the values of responsibility, tolerance and solidarity.

Gariwo in Dhaka

the analysis

A Garden of the Righteous in Dhaka

editorial by H.E. Emilio Barbarani, former Ambassador of Italy to Santiago del Chile, 21 November 2016

A few days ago GARIWO came to Dhaka to join the celebrations for the 18th anniversary of the main local daily newspaper, Prothom Alo, and – above all – to honour the memory of Faraaz Hossein, the young Muslim student who, on past 1st July in Dhaka, during the terror attack to the sadly known Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant, had chosen to sacrifice his own life to remain on the side of his two young girl friends.

New Righteous in Milan

the analysis

A tree for Etty Hillesum

editorial by Nadia Neri, Psychologist, analyst, 26 October 2016

A few weeks ago I learned that on next 6 March, between the five trees to be planted in Milan in honour of five Righteous in history, one will be dedicated to Etty Hillesum. This choice makes me feel particularly moved: back since 1999, when I published by book Un'estrema compassione - and Hillesum was still unknown to most people - I have had a very deep human and cultural experience...

Five new trees at the Garden of Milan

The Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan has chosen the figures to be honoured in the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide on Monte Stella hill of Milan, on next European Day of the Righteous (6 March): Lassana Bathily, Mohamed Ben Abdesslem, Raif Badawi, Pinar Selek and Etty Hillesum.

The attack against the Bardo Museum

A wish come true

In July, Hamadi ben Abdesslem expressed a great wish: being able to find again some of the Italians he rescued at the Bardo on 18 March 2015. Now we found Valeria, who on that very day escaped from the Museum precisely with Hamadi.

Hamadi: I would like to meet the Italians I rescued at Bardo
the wish of the Tunisian guide