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Turkey: the rule of law no longer applied

with Cumhuriyet daily under hard pressure, the only remaining independent tools for free expression are social media, especially Twitter, the Internet and the Kurdish media, like DIHA news-agencysays political analyst Cengiz Aktar, after the constitutional amendment scrapping immunity of MPs with legal proceedings.


Germany recognizes Metz Yeghern

Editorial by Simone Zoppellaro, journalist

On 2 June the German Parliament, the Bundestag, recognized the Armenian Genocide, and it did so with an overwhelming majority, an abstention and only one vote against. This says a lot about the political support to


The “miracle” of Lassana Bathily

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman

How can the horizons of people from different walks of life, cultures and faiths merge successfully? This is one of the great themes tackled by Zygmunt Bauman in his book Of God and Man, and the key problem we


Honouring the Righteous is very important for the humanity

Dyana Shaloufi-Rizek is the director of the Museum in Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom, a village inhabited by Israelis and Palestinians willing to coexist peacefully. On 31 May she will be honouring the members of a Circassian village in the Caucasus who rescued 32 Jewish children in the Holocaust.


Tahir Elçi, murder without culprits

The assassination of the Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist, head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, is another political crime without culprits. Five months after the murder the experts engaged for further investigations concluded that it was impossible to determine, with the existing evidences, the conditions of the shooting.


"Human beings should not be merchandise"

"I told about the story of my community, subject to a true genocide, and of all the communities of Irak and Syria. I talked about 6,000 Yazidi women and children submitted to spiritual, sexual and physical slavery. Then I talked about myself". The words of Nadia Murad, witness to the Yazidi genocide.


Persecutions, torture, massacres

the violation of human rights

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".The day before the General Assembly itself had approved in New York the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was defined as the intentional destruction, as a whole or in part, of"a national, ethnical, racial or religious group", with the well-known exclusion of the political groups due to the opposition of the Eastern Bloc countries, which feared being charged for persecuting their foes (the so-called enemies of the people who were condemned to forced labour in the Gulag camps).

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