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Oleg Kashin confronted with investigators - tells about the assault undergone

15 December

In the last few days two reporters, Oleg Kashin and Anatoly Adamchuk, were beaten in Russia due to inquiries about protests against the deforestation of Khimki woods. 40 colleagues of theirs have sent President Medvedev a protest letter. The journalist confirmed that they were beaten.

China, Chengde bishop ordained - without Vatican approval

Joseph Guo Jincai was created bishop of a town in Northern China, without the consent of the Holy Seat.
This is the first illegal ordination since 2006. Also eight lawful priests held by regime have taken part in the ceremony.

The cure for freedom in Burma - Nobel Prize Laureate Amartya Sen’s reflections

The economist in the pages of The Financial Times suggests some strategies to force the Country to undertake liberal reforms: an embargo on the products that yield profit to the regime, a travel ban on the personnel running the dictatorship, financial restrictions on transactions and reconciliation with the past.

"I will bring forth my nonviolent revolution" - interview to Aung San Suu Kyi

The Nobel laureate and leader of the Burmese opposition party wants to work for a peaceful change: "I don't want anyone to be harmed, for any reason on earth. Too much blood has been shed. What we want is democracy and the respect of human rights" said the leader, who was allowed to reunite to her son after 10 years.

Nazi Samuel Kunz has died - he still awaited trial

The "Executioner of Belzec" passed away at age 89. Next year he would have to be tried for participating in the murder of 430,000 Jews as a guard in the Polish death camp.

Preventing genocide - the activity of the Holocaust Museum in Washington

The site of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum contains a very important section devoted to the efforts that individuals and States can make against the extermination of entire peoples. Preventing genocide has two main areas: the one of the actions that people can take and the one devoted to the modern massacres (Bosnia, Congo, Rwanda, Darfur).

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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