Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Lubna's fellow protesters convicted - they will face 20 lashes

9th September
Sudanese women demonstrate against Lubna Hussein's conviction and penalty of 40 lashes for wearing trousers. Hundreds women gathered around her and her sentence was commuted into a fine. The women arrested with Lubna Hussein for wearing trousers were sentenced to flogging and the payment of a 100-dollar fine.


Aung San Suu Kyi convicted - 18 more months in house arrest

Update 7th September
Aung San Suu Kyi trial, the request for appeal was granted.
Update 11th August
Indictment at the end of the farce trial prevents her from participating into the 2010 elections. The international pressure warded off a harsher penalty.


Sacharov Prize 2008 - awarded to Hu Jia

This year the Sacharov Prize was awarded to Hu Jia, the young blogger who fought for civil rights with his wife Zeng Jinyan for many years, and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. The Chinese regime reacted to the news with aversion.


A tree - for Anna Politkovskaja

Sign the appeal, addressed to Letizia Moratti, mayor of Milan, and to Manfredi Palmeri, president of the City Council, to dedicate a tree in the "Garden of the Righteous Worldwide" in Milan, to the courageous Russian journalist assassinated in Moscow on 7 October 2006.


Civil courage

the strength of human dignity

Genocide cases and extreme circumstances of human rights violations, persecutions and deprivation of freedom have occurred all over the world. Those who find the courage to oppose, safeguard their own moral integrity, assessing the duty of truth, reporting the crimes against humanity and struggling to defend the founding value of civil coexistence can be defined as Righteous peopleJournalists like Sihem Bensedrine in Tunisia and writers like Gao Xingjian in China, diplomats like Enrico Calamai in Argentina and artists like Sunila Abeysekera in Sri Lanka, students like Bo Kyi in Burma and (union) activists or politicians like Maria Elena Moyano in Peru, Guillermo Chen in Guatemala, Fannie Lou Hamer in the USA, scientists, lawyers, doctors, intellectuals like Vassili Nesterenko in Belarus, Sylvie Maunga Mbanga in Congo, Halima Bashir in Darfur, Hashem Aghajari in Iran. Not to forget the prominent female figures advocating the rights of women trampled on in many world areas, like Betty Makoni in Zimbawe, Hawa Aden Mohamed in Somalia,  Khalida Toumi Messaoudi in Algeria,  Lydia Chaco in Mexico.
As well as the best-known advocates of human and civil rights like Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, Anna Politkovskaja in Russia, Orhan Pamuk in Turkey, Natasha Kandic in Serbia and Svetlana Broz in Bosnia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali from Somalia, the mothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina. 

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