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The younger brother

There was a mystery in my family, my uncle Ettore, Ettore Barzini, my father's brother, who died in Mauthausen. No one had ever told us about him, there was no photo, no trace, we didn't even know why he had been deported. So, as a boy, I had fantasized about him. Who was this uncle?

Turkey, Osman Kavala rejects the accusations but remains in prison

In court, the activist called the charges absurd, devoid of concrete evidence and in stark contrast to his worldview and the goals of the civil society organizations he set up. He said the prolonged detention is not just a simple violation of rights, but a "continued cruel treatment". The next hearing in the trial will be on February 5, 2021.

Civil rights defender Osman Kavala in jail for over 1000 days

Turkish businessman, philanthropist and civil rights defender has been detained since November 1, 2017, despite the European Court of Human Rights ordered his release because the charges against him were baseless. In 2020 he received the International Hrant Dink Award for dedicating himself to building a pluralist and democratic society.

A new genocide is being set in Karabakh

When, in the very first days of war, the Armenian government started to describe the Turkish-Azerbaijani attack on Karabakh that began on 27th September as an attempt of genocide, I make no secret that I felt a hint of irritation. Since I have dealt for years, as a journalist, with some of the historical applications of the intuition of Polish Jewish jurist Raphael Lemkin, I do not like it when this term is misused. I admit I was wrong.

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.

Turkey, opposition disunited, Kurdish question ignored

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.

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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