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Persecutions

Untold stories - the Holocaust in the USSR

Yad Vashem's Website dedicates an online exhibition to the extermination of Jews in the former Soviet Union. Pictures, original documents, videos and educational texts show a persecution, on which the Communist regimes have too often been silent.


"I wanted to be a witness" - an English soldier interned himself in Auschwitz

The Wallenberg Foundation honours the figure of Denis Avey, a British soldier who entered Auschwitz willingly under a person exchange to be able and see the reality hidden behind the barbed wire. He remained in the camp until the end of the war and he recalls his experience as follows: "I have seen hell on earth".


The Srebrenica massacre - human remnants found in common graves

The remains of 120 people, victims of the Srebrenica slaughter, were exhumed from 8 mass graves in Zalazje, not far from the scene of the murder.


Moral Resistance to totalitarianism - at the Meeting of Rimini

In its 2010 edition the Meeting of Rimini featured many events concerning figures of moral resistance to Soviet totalitarianism.



First conviction for the Khmer Rouge regime

Thirty years after the end of the dictatorship comes the first landmark sentence for Kaing Guek Eav, the director of the S-21 camp where more than 12,000 people were killed. The defendant was condemned by the Extraordinary Chambers of the UN-backed Courts of Cambodia on accounts of murder, torture, rape and crimes against humanity.


Tortures and rapes in Iran - against Nobel Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi's aides

Narges Mohammadi, just released, was hospitalized for the tortures undergone in jail. Appeal by Ms. Ebadi and Amnesty International for the liberation of Abdolreza Tajik, detained in inhumane conditions in Evin.


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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