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Reflections on negationism

Editorial by Pietro Kuciukian, Armenia's Honorary Consul in Italy

L’historien Stefano Levi Della Torre a écrit à propos de la proposition de loi «Pacifici» visant à punir le négationnisme : «le mensonge par la loi implique une vérité par la loi. Celle-ci est une idée chère aux inquisitions


Understanding genocide to prevent it - lessons by Bauer and Goldhagen

Historians Yehuda Bauer and Daniel Goldhagen devoted their lives to studying genocide in order to prevent it from happening ever again. According to Goldhagen "a few political leaders can go a long way" toward ending such tragedies. According to Bauer to study the Holocaust it is important to consider the "Jewish reaction".


"Khodorkovsky? Thieves should sit in jail" - says Russian PM Mr. Putin

The Prime Minister uttered heavy statements regarding the ex oligarch some weeks before the verdict in his second trial.


Germany, € 80 million to Auschwitz - Berlin keeps the memory of the Holocaust alive

IN 2011 the German State will pay €80 million to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation to fund the restoration of the lager. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle bore witness of the responsibilities of his Country.


Empty chair at Sakharov Prize ceremony - Cuba denies visa to dissident Farina

La Havana refused to allow the expatriation of Guillermo Farinas, the Cuban activist awaited in Strasbourg for the delivery of the Prize set up by the European Parliament to honour freedom of thought. Like for Liu Xiaobo at the Nobel ceremony, also for Farinas there will be an empty chair.


Parastou Forouhar's butterflies in Turin - art against the Iranian regime

The art gallery "Verso Arte contemporanea" features the exhibition He kills me, he kills me not by Parastou Forouhar. Her artpieces deal with freedom of thought, the fight for women's rights, and the dictatorship. The artist's parents were two political opponents savagely murdered by the regime.


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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