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The Righteous of Rwanda

The Genocide against the Tutsis that took place in Rwanda in 1994 was surely the shortest and fastest of history: it lasted three months, and over those three months 1.074.017 were killed. My family had always been a Tutsi family, therefore persecuted ever since the onset back in 1957...

Interview with Rahab Mwatha

We interviewed Rahab Wanjiru Mwatha, of the Green Belt Movement International - Europe, at the Garden of the Righteous worldwide in Milan, on the occasion of the ceremony of the Day of the Righteous of the humanity 2019, in which a plaque was dedicated to Wangari Maathai.

Two new Righteous in the Garden of the Good in Jordan

In the Garden of the Good in Jordan - created in 2017 by Gariwo and EcoPeace Jordan with the support of the Italian Embassy in Amman, two trees were dedicated to two people committed to the rescue and assistance to migrants and refugees: Vito Fiorino and Jehad MattarSee the photogallery!

Righteous change

"There are so many things we can do every day that can make a difference for the planet. We are defining the future of the polar bear just by what we choose to put on our plates daily". By Anne de Carbuccia, environmental artist.

Day of the Righteous 2019 in Italy and worldwide

In the second year since the approval of the Day of the Righteous of the humanity as a civil feast in Italy and seven years since the establishment of the European Day of the Righteous, thousands of people have wanted to mark this recurrence, which now seems to have made its way to the hearts of many people.

A-Series and FIGC with Gariwo to mark Day of the Righteous of the Humanity

The A-Series and the Italian Football League support the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity of 6 March, welcoming the invitation of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous, to take part in the hundreds of initiatives held all over Italy to mark this Day, which is recognized by the European Parliament as a civil feast.

Who Would Risk their Life to Save Mine?

What aspects of my behavior will signal that I will follow the example of the Righteous? Or even more disquieting, what aspects of my behavior will indicate that I will not? March 6 is a day to honour the actions of the Righteous, but it can also be a day to remember to take the time to ask some disquieting questions...

The Righteous Tales

"Let's build peace, justice and rights"

Every time that somewhere in the world, the human madness rages out to dehumanize and exterminate other human beings, it is our common humanity that is wounded. By Christine Amisi Notia

Tribute to Simone Veil

"Mrs. Veil, it is our turn to say Thank you. Thank you for being, for so many French and European people, and even more broadly for so many women and men of good will, an example and a model". The words by Cyrille Rougeau

"There is a linkage between deforestation, governance and peace"

"Wangari was such a leader, a mentor, a great friend and a mother to be admired and through her leadership was followed by many in her own country (Kenya) and the world at large." By Rahab Mwatha

Istvan Bibo, ethical genius from the side of victims

"Istvan Bibo believed that holding on to principles and morals was not only desirable in politics but also indispensable for a genuine, long-term realism in politics. In other words, he thought political honour, taste and morality were existing and necessary concepts". By Istvan Bibo

Day of the Righteous in Milan

From Milan, rediscovering Europe’s values

We are celebrating today on Monte Stella hill the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity. Milan confirms to be the moral capital of the cultural movement of the Gardens of the Righteous, which Gariwo has built in Italy and worldwide.

Four new "Masters of humanity"

About 800 students, like every year, have coloured the ledge of Monte Stella hill that hosts the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide. They carry banners, placards and messages for the Righteous. “You are our teachers of Humanity”, you read on one of these placards.

Ten new Righteous in the Virtual Garden

On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous 2019, the Virtual Garden is enriched with new figures. During the ceremony held in Palazzo Marino, after the speeches made by Lamberto BertoléGiorgio Mortara and Pietro Kuciukian, ten parchments have been delivered to the Righteous representatives, with these motivations.

Concert for the Europe of the Righteous - Milan Cathedral

The images of the great concert in the Duomo of Milan for the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity, with the extraordinary participation of Antonella Ruggiero, the organists Emanuele Carlo Vianelli, Alessandro La Ciacera and Roberto Olzer and the harpist Adriano Sangineto.

  • 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, the Parliament in Strasbourg approved Gariwo’s call establishing the European Day of the Righteous on 6 March - remembering the death of Moshe Bejski, the creator of the Avenue of the Righteous. On 7 December 2017 Italy became the first country to officially join the marking of that recurrence, with the law that establishes also at the national level a Day in memory of the Righteous of the humanity.  Starting from Yad Vashem, we have extended the meaning of the term “Righteous” including men and women who saved lives in all the genocides and defended human dignity during totalitarianisms.

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

  • The Charter of responsibilities 2017

    The Charter of responsibilities 2017 arises from the collective reflection proposed by Gariwo through the series of meetings The crisis of Europe and the Righteous of our time, held in cooperation with Teatro Franco Parenti - Accademia del Presente and under the patronage of Università degli Studi di Milano and the Corriere della Sera Foundation.

    The Charter, inspired by the experience of Charta ’77 and subscribed by important personalities from the world of culture and society, represents our ethical commitment for the memory of Good and the education to responsibility, to reaffirm the value of plurality, of peace and non violence, as opposed to the culture of hatred and enemy.

News from Illinois

The Garden of the Righteous project

At Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield, Illinois, a project on the Righteous themes has been organized by a group of students, called STAND, and their head Dr. Schorsch - partnered with the talented members of Art Club. It consists of an indoor Garden on the second floor of the school whose aim is to honour and highlight the Righteous who helped during genocidal and dire times of darkness and danger and have made a difference. The idea has been brought to the School by teacher Ayala Shahaf, involved with Gariwo.

Armenian genocide

Italy recognizes the Armenian genocide

On 10 April 2019, the Chamber of Deputies approved with 382 votes in favour, no votes against and 43 abstentions, the unitary motion for the recognition of the Armenian genocide, the extermination of one and a half million people perpetrated by the Young Turks, between 1915 and 1917, in the territories of the Ottoman Empire against the Christian minority.

Click here to know more about the Armenian genocide

Rwanda 1994 - 2019

25 years have passed since, on the night between April 6 and April 7, 1994, the genocide of the Tutsis and moderate Hutus began in Rwanda, at the hands of the regular army and the Interahamwe, paramilitary militias. The main ideological motive behind this was racial hatred against the Tutsi minority, which formed the social and cultural élite of the country. In just 100 days, around one million people lost their lives, mostly killed with machetes, axes, spears, and clubs. Click here to find out more

Here also the biographies of the Righteous for Rwanda at the Garden of Milan: Pierantonio CostaRomeo Dallaire and Yolande Mukagasana

The children of the genocide

In Rwanda 25 years later

One of the most profound consequences that the genocide has left in Rwanda is that of the difficulty of integration and the psychological trauma that the so-called “children of the killers” experience. These are thousands of children born from the rapes used as a weapon of war during the days of the massacres, who have now become adults.