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Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide - 24th April 1915 - 2009

94 years after the extermination of the Armenian people, there are more and more initiatives to defend the historical truth and the Armenian communities from all over the world mobilize against Turkey's denialism to commemorate the sad anniversary of the "forgotten genocide", the Metz Yeghern.


Righteous and Moral Resistants - to totalitarianism

Bologna, 2009 - National meeting of "Storia e Memoria" concluding the curricula adopted by the high schools belonging to the network in the year 2008/2009 with the participation of international characters.


Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide

From 7th to 13th April Rwanda commemorated the 15th an niversary of the genocide in which more than one million people were murdered. Commemorations will take place also in Tanzania and Uganda, where the persecuted refugees flew then. There has recently been a new awakening of the criticism targeted at the International Criminal Court set up in Arusha (Tanzania).


Palestinian youth orchestra - challenged in the Territories over commemorating the Shoah

According to the Jerusalem-based daily Haaretz, a Jenin youth orchestra has been disbanded and its director Wafa Younis expelled from the Palestinian territories over commemorating the Holocaust. A Fatah official said that Hamas pushed this serious decision.


Europe recognizes the Communist Crimes - and mourns the victims 20 years after the collapse of the Wall

Strasbourg, European Parliament - Public hearing with the Czech Presidency of the European Union. Reflection on the memory of communism in Europe based on the "Prague declaration" of 3rd June 2008, signed among others by the former President of the Czech Republic


March 10 - 50 years of resistance in Tibet

March 10th 2009 will mark 50 years since Tibetans rose up to protest China's invasion of their homeland. It will also be one year since unprecedented protests broke out across Tibet showing China and the world that after 50 years of occupation, Tibetans are determined to be free.


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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