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The diplomacy of good in the Middle East. Preventing a perpetual war for the next generations

Regardless of what may happen in the coming days in Gaza (hopefully a cease-fire), nothing will change unless the chain of hatred is broken. Those who act in civil society cannot determine possible political solutions (two States, single State of Jews and Palestinians, federation between two States), but can work culturally to encourage and enhance all experiences of dialogue without which the conditions for peace will never exist in the Middle East. By Gabriele Nissim

Katalin Cseh: Orbán's presidency is a warning for the founding values of the European Union

As part of the Gariwo Foundation's recent trip to the European Parliament, we were able to meet Hungarian MEP and Vice-President of Renew Europe Katalin Cseh. MEP Cseh comes from civil society and was the co-founder of Momentum, the movement that gained 10% support in the last European elections and went on to become one of the main opposition parties to Viktor Orbán. During the interview, MEP Cseh spoke about the state of human rights and the condition of women in Hungary and sounded the alarm about the possible negative consequences of Hungary's six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. By Cristina Giudici

The decline of democracy in the world: on which side will our Europe decide to stand?

Eighteen years in a row. So far, it would date the decline of democracy in the world, according to the latest reports by Freedom House and the V-Dem Institute, two authorities on the subject. A crisis that has affected Western countries as well, while in the Near East - in the post-Soviet area - there is a part of Europe that is fighting for its and our freedom. Are we still sure that we are the pulsing heart of Europe? Are we sure that we are the center of the world? Reality tells us otherwise. That our Europe – just another dot on the world map – is dying or being reborn in Tbilisi and Kyiv. By Simone Zoppellaro

To my father who was killed in the genocide in Rwanda: "Dear dad, I decided to teach that love is stronger"

Dear Dad, how are you? It has been thirty years since we last saw each other. So excuse me for only getting in touch now. It was on 8th April when we split up for fear of being killed, do you remember? Since then I have never stopped feeling close to you. Jean Paul Habimana’s letter to his father, thirty years after the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda


Harry Seidel

Harry Seidel was a track cyclist from the former East Germany, several times a regional and national champion. After the erection of the Berlin Wall in August 1961, Seidel actively contributed to the construction of underground tunnels through which inhabitants of the eastern part of the city could clandestinely reach West Berlin. For this he was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court of the GDR (a sentence he did not serve in full, as he was ransomed by the West German government in 1966 and then released). Seidel is estimated to have contributed to the escape of more than 100 people from East to West Berlin.

Father Mario Falconi

“Homeland Hero”, “Guardian of peace, unity and reconciliation”, “Righteous of Rwanda”. These are the titles of honours awarded by the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, to Father Mario Maria Falconi, the Barnabite who bravely saved 3,000 people during the genocide in Rwanda.

Gardens of the Righteous

New ceremony at the Garden of the Righteous in Villa Pamphilj

The Garden of the Righteous in Rome in Villa Pamphilj welcomed two new stories: Giacomo Matteotti and Alexei Navalny, both figures who, in different contexts and times, fought for freedom. The ceremony was well attended by citizens, institutional representatives and various associations, including specifically the Mean Foundation (European Movement for Non-Violent Action) and the Matteotti Foundation.

Garden of the Righteous in Marseille

The "Garden of the Righteous of Marseille" was born from the collaboration between Centre Fleg and Gariwo, and testifies the common view and mission of the two entities: the "Memory of Good" as educational mean for the prevention of genocides. On April 12, a ceremony took place to honour the new Righteous. Discover their stories!

Garden of the Righteous at Farnesina

The Garden of the Righteous at Farnesina, situated in front of the Italian Foreign Ministry, pays tribute to diplomats who have exemplified values of responsibility, tolerance, and solidarity, often at the risk of their own lives. Its inauguration ceremony took place on March 12th, 2024, resulting from the collaborative efforts of the Gariwo Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Municipality of Rome. This initiative follows the 2021 inauguration of Avenue at the Farnesina, named after the Righteous, reflecting Italy's commitment to honoring such individuals.

  • 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.

Diplomacy of Good

Farnesina Garden of the Righteous and the diplomacy of Good

The inauguration of Farnesina Garden of the Righteous is a fact of great moral significance for Italian foreign policy and for the image of Italy all around the world. Italy is the country of beauty and creativity, but also the country that promotes the beauty of good individuals. This is perhaps the best Made in Italy product. Righteous diplomats we remember today prove how Italian diplomacy has written some pages of extraordinary humanity throughout its history, which deserve to be remembered as an example of what I like to call the diplomacy of GoodBy Gabriele Nissim

The corner of the Righteous

The "Corner of the Righteous" in Mostar

The cooperation between Gariwo and UWC Adriatric is getting stronger and larger each year since the creation of the Garden of the Righteous at the UWC Adriatic in Duino. A group of twelve students brought the message of the Righteous in the high schools in Mostar, engaging their local peers in a creative and educational activity during a Project week in the city symbol of intercultural dialogue. 


The first Garden of the Righteous in South America

The first Garden of the Righteous in South America was established in Mar del Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires. It is promoted by the Gariwo Foundation, alongside the Municipalidad de General Pueyrreden of Mar del Plata and the association Casa D’Italia. Silvia Ana Filler, Maria del Carmen "Coca" Maggi, Claudio Hugo "Pocho" Lepratti, Pierantonio Costa, Armin T. Wegner e Aristide de Sousa Mendes are the first Righteous to be honored in the Garden.

A Foundation for the Righteous

Gariwo along with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

On January 9th, in Warsaw, Gariwo’s and Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation’s representatives, along with a member of the Warsaw Garden of the Righteous Committee, Jozèf Wancer, instituted the International Garden of the Righteous Foundation. The establishment of the Foundation was announced in a press conference held in Warsaw in occasion of the 2023 European Day of the Righteous.