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The incredible hostility of Turkish judiciary against Pinar Selek
by Murat Cinar

The incredible hostility of Turkish judiciary against Pinar Selek

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Srebrenica 1995-2022, what has changed?

Ado Hasanović was only six years old when he and his parents fled their home to safety. As they were hiding in a forest, they heard a large explosion coming from the opposite direction. The father said: “That’s our car, the explosion came from where I hid it”. Watching the fire from a distance made Ado very sad: his favourite toy was in the car...

The violent side of Chinese colonialism in Africa

A Rwandan court sentenced a Chinese citizen to 20 years in prison for tortures, after the man appeared in a video beating a former African employee tied to a tree. The incident, which took place in the Rutsiro district, Rwanda, is the latest episode of violence involving Chinese mines in Africa. According to a report by the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, 181 human rights abuses related to Chinese investments in Africa were recorded between 2013 and 2020. By Alessandra Colarizi, China Files

Stories of women in the Taliban's Afghanistan

Afghan journalist Rahel Saya collected for Gariwo stories of women struggling against oppressions. "Future, as peace, is an unknown word in Afghanistan. Today, in my country, everything that can be the voice of my women and people is doomed to be rejected. But, as an Afghan woman, I stand by all the women of my country and, if possible, I will continue this struggle with my pen and ink".

Is genocide taking place in Afghanistan?

More and more scholars and activists claim that genocide against the Hazara community took place in Afghanistan at the end of the nineteenth century. And that the genocidal intentions have been evident through massacres and violations to date, for over a century. At an international conference in Milan, an attempt was made to take stock of the role of the International Criminal Court and how to prevent new genocides in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

Xinjiang Police Files: hacking of thousands of documents on the "re-education" of Uyghurs

Stacks of classified speeches, confidential documents and thousands of images of Uyghur detainees. These are Xinjiang Police Files, the latest leaks attesting to the extent of the so-called mass “re-education”, the system of extrajudicial detentions to which ethnic Islamic minorities in the Chinese autonomous region of the same name on the border with Central Asian states have been subjected. The material - authenticated over several months - was hacked from local police servers. By Alessandra Colarizi

The inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous of Marseille

On Tuesday 17 May 2022, the symbolic inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous in Marseille took place at the Centre Fleg. During the ceremony the first three trees dedicated to Righteous were planted. This is the first step of a long term collaboration between the Gariwo Foundation and the Center Fleg that will led to the creation of the first Garden of the Righteous on French soil. 

Why is Erdogan afraid of Osman Kavala?

Osman Kavala was sentenced to life in prison last April on charges of "attempting to change the constitutional order and overthrow the government." His case has become international and there are several initiatives in favor of his release. After the political games in Ankara, the question that arises is this in fact. How did such a thing happen? Why specifically to Kavala? 

'Putin spreads fear among Russian journalists as a terrorist'

Gariwo's interview to Galina Timchenko, founder and CEO of Meduza, the main independent Russian magazine. "My colleagues in Russia are very afraid of doing something that is not allowed. They are not confident in their job and in their thoughts. I call it terror. Because the main goal of any terrorist is to spread fear. So through these war censorships, these incredibly insane fines and prison sentences, Putin intends to spread this fear".

Auschwitz never ends

Gabriele Nissim, on the occasion of the fifth Gariwo Network "Preventing genocide through the example of the Righteous", explains how Gariwo intends to bring alive the spirit of the Convention for the Prevention and Suppression of the Crime of Genocide, so that the Gardens of the Righteous can become a fundamental cultural support in society. By Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman 

Schindler’s story

Schindler’s background involved a series of twists and turns, and he had a flair for adventure and a penchant for dangerous endeavors. Born in 1908 in Zwittau, Moravia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (after 1918, part of Czecho- slovakia and today, Svitavy in the Czech Republic), Oskar Schindler was known as a bon vivant. After the Nazi assumption of power in Germany, Schindler decided to work for the German military intelligence, the Abwehr, and became a professional spy. By Mordecai Paldiel

Meduza, the Russian magazine that defies Putin's censorship

For years Meduza has placed attention to sources, the effort to verify the truthfulness of information and independence - including economic independence - from Russian power at the heart of its work. On March 4, the Kremlin definitively blocked access to the site, which in the meantime has become a valuable bulletin on the invasion, with updated news, analyzes, podcasts and field stories updated 24 hours a day.

Interview with Soczewica, executive director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

Gariwo met in Milan Wojciech Soczewica, executive director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, together with Anna Ziarkowska, from the House of Encounters with the History of Warsaw. In this interview, we talked about the focus and activities of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and reflected on the role and meaning of Memory today and for the future. 

Gariwo’s philosophy: educate to optimism and responsibility through the memory of the Righteous

It may seem paradoxical, but even few Righteous can save the idea of ​​hope and of the future, because they show that human beings, though fragile, can become the judges of their destiny. Thus an optimistic message is conveyed from extreme evil. If every human being takes his or her responsibility, situations can be overturned, even if the outcomes are not quantifiable and immediate. By Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo Chairman


Rodolfo Walsh

On March 24, 1977, the day before his death, Rodolfo Walsh wrote an open letter to General Videla and the military junta, the Carta Abierta de un Escritor a la Junta Militar, which criticized the censorship of the press, the persecution of intellectuals, and described in detail the totalitarian and military nature of Jorge Rafael Videla's regime which was established exactly one year earlier.

Sadia Hussein

Sadia Hussein, from Kenya, underwent FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) at 10. At 21, she painfully gave birth to her first daughter and decided she’d never have to go through the same hell. Her daughter was the first of many girls that she saved from the knife. Today, Sadia Hussein, aged 34, is one of Kenya’s most powerful advocates for the eradication of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). She is building a mass movement and undertaking the difficult task of eradicating a collective and deeply ingrained social practice.

Carl Wilkens

The story of the only American left in Kigali during the 1994 genocide. Carl Wilkens not only saved his collaborators and worked daily to bring water, food and medicine to the needy, but he also managed to save hundreds of orphans by making deals with the militias and bringing the persecuted to the Cathedral of Saint Michel.

Berta Cáceres

Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores was a Honduran activist who fought for the protection of the land and the rights of the Lenca people. In 1993, when she was still a student, she co-founded the Consejo Civico de Organizaciones indigenas Populares (Council of the People’s Indigenous Organizations or COPINH). Due to her activism, Cáceres was threatened by the local police more than once. On March 3, 2016she was murdered by armed men in her home in La Esperanza, in Honduras. Her death has sparked international outrage. 

Ilham Tohti

Ilham Tohti - 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders - is an Uyghur university professor born on October 25, 1969, in Artush, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Province. In 2014, Chinese authorities sentenced him to life in prison on charges of inciting "separatism." In 2016, he received the Martin Ennals Prize, which many consider the Nobel Prize for Human Rights. 

  • 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.

World Press Freedom Day 2022

at Milan's Garden of the Righteous

There were many illustrious speeches, to support the independent Russian journalists and war reporters: Galina Timchenko, founder and director of Meduza, the independent Russian magazine that challenges Putin's censorship, Zoja Svetova, journalist of the Russian newspaper Novaja Gazeta, the director of La Repubblica Maurizio Molinari, the Russian journalist Anna Zafesova, the journalist of Il Foglio Micol Flammini, and the president of Gariwo Gabriele Nissim. 


Day of the Righteous

Day of the Righteous 2022

Discover the page dedicated to the tenth European Day of the Righteous, in Milan we honored new figures at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide and we also discussed about genocide prevention at the conference "No more genocides. The moral commandment of the Righteous".
Discover all the speeches!

Ceremony 2022 in Milan to honour the new Righteous

Discover the photo gallery of the Ceremony in honor of the new Righteous at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide in Milan. The honored Righteous or their representatives intervened.

International Conference "No more genocides. The moral commandment of the Righteous"

On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous, the international conference “No more genocides. The moral commandment of the Righteous” has been held in Milan. The debate was born with the intention of celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Day voted by the European Parliament and reflect on the genocides committed in the past to work on prevention today. Discover the photo gallery!

GariwoNetwork - speeches

Speech by Gabriele Nissim
Raphael Lemkin and the role of the Gardens in the prevention of genocide
Conversation with Liliana Segre
Senator for life and Holocaust survivor
Speech by Francesco M. Cataluccio
The ethical value of the discussion on Memory and on the Righteous
Speech by Piero Fassino
The role of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the prevention of genocide

Genocide prevention

Memory and knowledge for the prevention of genocides

Genocides and mass atrocities reappear in history in different ways but with similar mechanisms, languages, and dynamics. Therefore, knowing how to read, recognize and bring them to the world's attention is fundamental for preventing such crimes. That is why the knowledge of what happens inextricably links to memory so that we can keep the promise of "never again." But what are the most severe and urgent scenarios of genocide and mass atrocities today?