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"Genocides can be averted"

address of Gen. Dallaire for the Day of the Righteous

During the Ceremony of April, 7 in MIlan General Romeo Dallaire has been honoured with a tree in the Milan Garden of the Righteous Worldwide for trying everything possible to stop genocide in Rwanda.

Dallaire thanked us in a statement saying: "I often ask during mu speeches and presentations:'Are some humans more human than others?” The answer, of course, is “no.”This is why I continue to champion the human rightsof people in distant places, like Rwanda and elsewhere. This is why it is so important not just to remember those who have fallen victims to the dangers of hatred and murderous violence, but to act to ensure their tragedy does not befall others.

I commend and applaud the work you do to universalize the lessons of genocide in order to teach not just about tolerance but to embrace difference. Every action, no matter how small, makes a huge difference to someone. So as you work to memorialize the dead and honour the righteous, I implore you to continue raising your voices to help avert the tragedies that continue to lurk at our footsteps".

full message by Romeo Dallaire

15 April 2011

Witnesses to truth

trying to stop the villains for a better future

Witnesses play a key role as a genocide case unfolds because they allow for reporting the ongoing crimes and calling for the world powers to stop it.This was made by Armin Wegner back at the beginning of the past centurym during the genocide against the Armenians in Anatolia. He remained unheeded, as was Jan Karski, the courier of the Polish resistance to London and Washington, who did never succeed in forgiving himself for not being able to persuade the "great men of earth" about the need to step in to stop the Shoah.Nonetheless, they both not only advocated international intervention, but also felt the duty to document persecution. They became witnesses beyond the present time, to advocate a better future. Running major personal risks, Wegner shot hundreds pictures, which remain the only exhaustive documentation up to the present day enabling us to counter all attempts to deny the Armenian genocide and to bring justice to the victims.Karski wanted risked his life for he wanted to check personally what was happening in the Warsaw Ghetto and in the Nazi camps to which the Jews where deported, so that he could bear indisputable testimony against the attempt to conceal the evidence of extermination.The writers, poets, intellectuals who dared report the Soviet tyranny depriving people of their freedom and dignity in the USRR were interned in the gulags, where many ot them died of hunger and hardship.

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Armin T. Wegner

he warned the leaders of his time to stop genocide against the Armenians and the Jews