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Persecutions

Natalia Estemirova’s murder - one year later

On 15 July 2009 Natalia Estemirova was abducted and killed. She had reported human rights violations in Chechnya. One year after her death Memorial holds a press conference and appeals to the Russian government and the International community asking for nothing similar to ever occur again to the Chechnian colleagues.


Tehran one year on - the green wave and the memory of Neda

Screening of the documentary "For Neda", in memory of the girl who has become a symbol of the Green Revolution, boycotted.


“Stalingrad is the catastrophe of evil” - unpublished note by Vasily Grossman unveiled

A note handwritten and undersigned by the writer was found by scholar Pietro Tosco who is publishing it into the magazine "La Nuova Europa" (“The New Europe”) with a broad text analysis.

The document brings about a bitter reflection on the victory of Stalingrad, one which highlights a parallelism between this battle and the Holocaust.


Srebrenica, it was genocide

First two convictions for genocide. The Srebrenica massacre must be considered as an episode in the framework of a plan aiming at carrying out genocide. 15 years after the bloodshed the Court sentences the seven officers of the Serbian-Bosnian army accused of crimes against the humankind, violation of war customs and genocide.


21 years after Tienanmen square - anniversary marked by censorship

The US Administration recalls the 1989 events and launches a call in favour of the dissidents who are still in jail, but Beijing forbids all sorts of commemoration. A cartoon remembering the repression was censored, the youths who brought the “Goddess of democracy” in the square were arrested.


Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi released - he's a symbol of the opposition to Ahmadinejad

The dissident director arrested in March has been freed on bail. He had begun a protest hunger strike some days ago. Over the past few weeks there had been worldwide calls for his release, including those of many Hollywood stars taking part into the Cannes festival, whose jury he had been invited to join.


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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