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Rumania, the road to freedom

In 1944 the Communists helped topple the Antonescu government and a week later the Red Army moved into Rumania. In 1946 the Communist Party won the elections and in 1948 the new Constitution came into effect, guaranteeing freedom of expression exclusively to those authorized by the government.

Thousands at Rafsanjani's sermon - Shadi Sadr abducted by the militians

Neda, a victim in Iran - as a woman and as a symbol of freedom
The Iranian theocratic dictatorship denies the funeral to the young girl shot by a sniper while demonstrating for civil rights in Teheran.

If you touch Islam you may die - Souad Sbai threatened on the Net

A picture of the President of the Association of Moroccan Women in Italy blindfolded and with the writing: "She's a Muslim enemy to all Muslims" was published online. The site of Islamic fundamentalist Usama was reported.

20th anniversary of Tienanmen - the repression in China goes on

4th June 1989 The tanks enter Beijing in Tienanmen Square and shoot at the students and workers demonstrating for freedom and democracy for weeks. Deng Xiaoping's Communist regime chooses the hard line and causes hundreds of casualties.

The Memories of the GULag seized - at the "Memorial" research center

"Memorial" is an association established in Moscow after the USSR collapse, whose coworkers are a group of historians studying the years of Soviet Terror and exerting tremendous efforts to recover the materials documenting the political repression. Officially, the operation was caused by the alleged "Memorial" funding of the opposition newspaper “Novyj Peterburg”.

The end of the "Memorial case".
On 6th May all material was given back to the Research Center in its perfectly complete form.

Delara Darabi hung in Iran - Roxana Saberi released

American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi was released, perhaps as a sign of good will in the relations with Washington.

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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