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Peace Nobel Prize to Rwanda Righteous - support the initiative with a signature

The Gardens of the Righteous Committee supports the campaign promoted by the association BeneRwanda to assign the prestigious prize to Zura Karuhimbi, Yolande Mukagasana and Pierantonio Costa, who opposed the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.


Archive of Rwanda genocide set up in Kigali

The archive collects thousands documents, photographs and videos of survivors, witnesses and perpetrators of the massacres. The material was partly published online in the archive Website.


Statute of limitations expired - for Mladic accomplices

A Serbian court ruled the statute of limitations expired for 10 men who helped Ratko Mladic escape arrest. The war criminal in hiding has already been found guilty in The Hague of the Srebrenica slaughter, a massacre where 8,000 Muslims were murdered.


When Kissinger turned away from Jews

In 1973, when Israeli prime minister Golda Meir turned to the US for help to favour the immigration of Jews from Russia, the American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said: "If they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern". Article by Adam Nagourney.


Nobel Prize, empty chair for Liu Xiaobo - and the winners who did not receive the award

The world is to celebrate the delivery of the Peace Nobel Prize. The winner, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, is in jail and nobody will receive the award on his behalf: an empty chair will be left for him. It has already occurred that the Nobel Peace Prize was not awarded and some of the winners did not take part in the Oslo ceremony.


Sakineh's fake liberation - taken home only for a tv programme

The release of the Iranian woman sentenced to stoning for adultery and the murder of her husband was denied by a tv broadcaster. Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani was led home only to shoot a tv programme recounting the crime scene.


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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