2022 Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Warsaw
Honouring Moshe Bejski, Bronisław Geremek, Wilhelm Hosenfeld, Antonina and Jan Zabinski

2022 Ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous of Warsaw

Topical News

“Everything indicates that Brussels is ready to sacrifice Armenia on the altar of its energy interests”

In an open letter to European leaders, Armenian and Armenophile personalities invite to measure the urgency of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azeri troops continue to amass on the front line, from North to South of Armenia, in view of an imminent offensive, they warn.

Gorbachev, a man who had the courage to take a step backward

Gorbachev was not a Vaclav Havel, an Imre Nagy, a man like Michnik and Walesa. He allowed for the end of the Soviet system while continuing to believe in it until the end. His legacy is very uncomfortable today in Putin’s Russia, who, to rebuild the glories of imperialist Russia, is willing to send thousands of Russian soldiers to the slaughter and destroy entire cities, in Ukraine as he has already done in Chechnya, Georgia and Syria. Gorbachev taught the world that any reason of state, albeit the best cause, should never be accomplished with blood. By Gabriele Nissim, President of Gariwo

The state of press freedom in China

"The People's Republic of China is the world's largest prison for journalists, and its regime conducts a campaign of repression against journalism and the right to information globally:" is Reporters Sans Frontières' (RSF) unforgiving opinion of the state of press freedom in China. A right recognized by Article 35 of the Chinese Constitution, but very limited a few lines below with reference to the need to restrict its exercise to protect "national sovereignty" and the "public interest." In China, freedom of the press also takes on "Chinese characteristics." By Alessandra Colarizi, China Files 

UN report on human rights violations in Xinjiang against islamic minorities

“As I read the entire report I could hardly keep from crying." Rayhan Asat is an Uyghur lawyer living in Washington. In 2020 his brother, Ekpar, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Xinjiang, the region on the border between China and Central Asia where Islamic minorities have been reporting various forms of abuse for years. For Asat, it is a victory to know that his brother's tragedy has received international recognition. By Alessandra Colarizi, China Files 

The state of press freedom in Turkey

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in its latest ranking, "World Press Freedom Index," put Turkey in 149th position. In 2005 it was 98th. According to RSF, civil society and the world of associationism are the two important elements struggling in Turkey to try to defend press freedom. By Murat Cinar

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.

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. 


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

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.

Ruth First

A high-powered letter bomb exploded in the rooms of the sociology department of Maputo University in Mozambique on 17th August 1982, killing white anti-apartheid sociologist and activist Ruth First on the spot. However, her research and political analysis would give a decisive thrust to South Africa’s path to freedom.

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.


2022 Ceremony at the Garden of Warsaw

The 8th edition of the commemoration ceremony in the Warsaw Garden of the Righteous was held on 26 September 2022. The event also featured an evening concert performed by Leszek Możdżer, Adam Palma and Tomas Sanchez. Both events were hosted by Jerzy Kisielewski, journalist and son of one of the bravest intellectuals in post-WWII Poland.


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?