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Human rights and crimes against humanity

The brave struggle

We publish here an article by the philosopher Francesco Tava about the idea of Europe like a "Fortress" and the future of the European identity, originally published on opedDemocracy on 16 July 2014


Iraq, the birth of the fanatical caliphate

The new state occupies a large part of northern Syria and northern and eastern pieces of Iraq. They have carried out crucifixions, beheadings, live video, kidnappings and all sorts of crime to reduce the inhabitants into submission. "Reject democracy and return to Islam," proclaimed spokesman of the Caliphate, al-Adnani, to terrified civilians.


Continued gender inequality in Iran

Despite Brazilian women being given the chance to attend, Iranian women were forced to stand outside the gates as they cheered during the men's national volleyball match. The popularity of protesting this clear inequality grows, but women are still banned from such events that "involving men's teams".


Human Rights Watch Film Festival – New York

Human Rights watch, an organization dedicated to preserving human rights, holds an annual film festival. It celebrates the progress of the work that has been done, as well as highlights what issues society still faces. It gives filmmakers and artists around the world the ability to showcase their talent through the lens of Human Rights.


Punished for their freedom and nature

From second world war on, women have been persecuted worldwide both because of their religious or political belonging and for their own gender identity. This article features stories of women who suffered from and struggled against evil. 


Tiananmen activists listed as “most wanted"

Over 500 dissidents including many students would have been helped expatriate, often after serving years in jail after 4 June 1989, by the Hong Kong Alliance for Tiananmen Students


Crimes of genocide and against the humankind

the denial of the individual's value

The first legal definition in the domain of mass persecution dates back to 1915 and concerns the massacres of the Armenian populations perpetrated by the Turks, which were followed by the trials of the perpetrators before the Martial Court. In the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920 the Great Powers use the terms "crimes against civilization" and "crimes of lèse-humanity". In the aftermath of Second World War, face the Holocaust tragedy, the Military Tribunal of the Nurnberger Trials against Nazi officials started the proceeding by stating the crimes on which it was competent... On 9 December 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously approved the Convention for the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, which is considered as the most heinous crime against Humanity. 

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​Tears of the Desert

Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis

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Zandile Nhlengetwa

campaigner for dialogue and reconciliation