Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Tahir Elçi, murder without culprits

The assassination of the Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist, head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, is another political crime without culprits. Five months after the murder the experts engaged for further investigations concluded that it was impossible to determine, with the existing evidences, the conditions of the shooting.

"Human beings should not be merchandise"

"I told about the story of my community, subject to a true genocide, and of all the communities of Irak and Syria. I talked about 6,000 Yazidi women and children submitted to spiritual, sexual and physical slavery. Then I talked about myself". The words of Nadia Murad, witness to the Yazidi genocide.

A sad music in Palmyra

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman

The music that was played in front of Palmyra by the great orchestra of Valery

A tree for the Righteous in US campuses?

Interview with prof. David Simon, Director of the Genocide Studies Project at the University of Yale. We covered the ISIS threat, the doctrine of "Responsibility to Protect" and the latest developments in the studies about Armenia, Cambodia and Rwanda. With a wish: that US students plant trees in their faculty campuses

Human rights violations in Diyarbakir

A "police operation" to be considered as "state of war" directed against a part of the Turkish citizens, deprived of fundamental rights. The delegation of European lawyers on travel in Turkey defined in this way the situation in Diyarbakir after months of curfew in the Kurdish city. Their remarks in the report released by the UCPI (Union of Italian Penal Chambers) monitors.

​The Armenians between Baku and Istanbul

Editorial by Gerard Malkassian, Philosophy Professor in Paris

I arrived in Armenia on the last day of the clashes of 2-5 April between the Armenians and the troops from Azerbaijan. I had, on the same day and the following ones, numerous conversations with Armenians from all walks of life and

Persecutions, torture, massacres

the violation of human rights

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".The day before the General Assembly itself had approved in New York the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was defined as the intentional destruction, as a whole or in part, of"a national, ethnical, racial or religious group", with the well-known exclusion of the political groups due to the opposition of the Eastern Bloc countries, which feared being charged for persecuting their foes (the so-called enemies of the people who were condemned to forced labour in the Gulag camps).

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