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A new genocide is being set in Karabakh
by Simone Zoppellaro

A new genocide is being set in Karabakh


A young and rebellious 90-year-old girl

Dear Liliana, the first thing I would like to tell you on your 90th birthday is thank you. Thank you so much. You are a great teacher of remembrance. Remembrance is an art because we not only need to remember, but also to convey a clear and accurate idea that can suggest new behaviours. When you visit schools and let your words be heard, you always send a very clear message.

Amira Yahyaoui

Activist and entrepreneur, she was a pioneer in the Arab world for the creation of a parliamentary monitoring system. The Arabian Business newspaper included her in the ranking of the hundred most powerful women in the Arab world. Her influence has been and remains revolutionary not only in politics, but also within the collective consciousness of the Tunisian people.

Nagham Nawzat Hasan

A figure professionally close to the Nobel Prize winner and Righteous in the Garden of Milan Denis Mukwege, nowadays Hasan still works as humanitarian operator offering her medical and psychological support in Dohuk, where she has already cured more than a thousand women.

Topical News

The Couple who saved Roman Polanski recognised as Righteous Among the Nations

Two new names have been recently added to the long list of Righteous individuals honoured in Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem: Stefania and Jan Buchala. A story of courage and kindness that wouldn’t differ too much from that of other thousands of exemplary figures remembered in Jerusalem if it weren’t for the fact that the kid they saved happened to become the well-known film director Roman Polanski.

Gabriele Nissim awarded with the Raoul Wallenberg Medal

The foundation’s founder Baruch Tenembaum, in a official letter to the award’s recipient, explained that the board’s choice fell on Nissim for his "tireless commitment to the humanitarian cause in the role of president of Gariwo, the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide an organisation devoted to upholding and divulging the stories and deeds of those individuals who have contributed to humanity’s moral enhancement."

Memory is not a self-defining safe

The memory of Shoah, when it was born, had a specific and universal character. The theme of never again seemed to be the great issue on which everyone was called to reflect. Remembering Holocaust meant stating vehemently that what had occurred to Jews should not be repeated for any human being. Today, however, we see how that ideal charge seems to fade away...

Being Righteous in a world marked by Covid

The health crisis the whole world had to deal with places each of us in front of decisions that can change the destiny of our planet: individual destiny is actually linked, today more than ever, to that of all human beings. Since the very beginning of the pandemic, it has been clear that the virus has not only affected our health and our habits, it has also exacerbated crises and scenarios that were already dramatic and sensitive. In all this, the example of the Righteous keeps being the therapy showing us the path to be followed. But who are these exemplary individuals and what are they doing today in new scenarios stemming from the epidemic?

An olive tree for Lina Ben Mhenni

The Italian Embassy in Tunis and Gariwo have paid tribute to the political and social commitment, but above all to the courage and determination of Lina Ben Mhenni, a young Tunisian blogger and activist who passed away last January. A new olive tree at the Embassy’s Garden of the Righteous commemorates her numerous battles “in defence of freedom, democracy and the protection of the planet”, in which she often jeopardized her own life.

Turkey, opposition disunited, Kurdish question ignored. Interview with Cengiz Aktar

The pro-Kurdish left-wing HDP party protests against repression, but in public opinion there is no empathy for the Kurds and the divided opposition will never be a problem for the current authoritarian regime, says Turkish political analyst Cengiz Aktar.

The Israeli Palestinian Conflict – A Joint Problem-Solving Approach

Cooperation in medicine, education, business, entrepreneurship and the environment between Israelis and Palestinians and between Arabs and Jews within Israel is what we do every day in order to achieve peace and coexistence. But the Peres Center does not deal with the political aspects, and so we need that kind of approach to come from our politicians. Seeing the human side of the other, even during painful conflicts, is crucial in order to keep our morals as human beings. By Nadav Tamir

The Charters for responsibilities

Web reality. Tips for online awareness

To foster the development of personal awareness in conscious use of the Web and say no to the violence of words, Gariwo has proposed the Charter for social media, made up of suggestions to stay online in a conscious way.

Good competition. Tips for responsible sport

The behaviour of athletes, fans and even sports journalists can positively influence our society. Stories of virtuous actions in sport create a spirit of emulation in stadiums and sports fields.

The responsibility of a fragile planet

Gariwo wants to make his voice heard about the urgency of doing something to save the world we live in. This is why we have proposed the Charter for the environment, made up of reflections and virtuous practices to understand and deal with the climate emergency.

  • 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.

Ceremony in Milan

Eleven new Righteous honoured in the Virtual Garden

To honour the Righteous of the past without closing our eyes in front of the threats to human dignity that lurk in the present. This was president of Gariwo Gabriele Nissim’s exhortation during the ceremony at Milan’s Garden of the Righteous. The ceremony, which was meant to take place in March on the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity but was postponed due to the pandemic, has been dedicated to honouring the new Righteous of the Virtual Garden – an extension to the one of Monte Stella hill.

Garden of Warsaw

New Righteous will be honoured in Warsaw’s Garden

Warsaw’s Garden of the Righteous will dedicate this year’s new trees and memorial stones to three exemplary individuals. The Garden – erected in the district of Wola to honour those who had the courage to stand up against totalitarianism and defend human dignity during genocides - was born in 2014 thanks to the collaboration between Gariwo and Warsaw’s History Meeting House. It was a committee from Warsaw’s History Meeting House to nominate the new Righteous people who will be honoured in the Garden. Here are their names: Stanislav Petrov, Antonina Wyrzykowska, Karol Modzelewski.

The Garden of Milan

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