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Miriam Makeba died today in Italy - loss of an anti-apartheid icon

Often defined as "the voice of Africa" and an icon of the anti-apartheid fight, Miriam Makeba died today in Castel Volturno (Italy) soon after singing for the anticamorra writer Roberto Saviano. 

Two convictions in Rwanda for the 1994 genocide

Two acquittals and two convictions, this was the end result of the trial before the Kigali military court for the murder of 13 Catholic clergymen during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Homage to Solzhenitsyn - Shimon Peres remembers the writer

The dissident writer, persecuted in his homeland during Communism and awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, died on 3rd August 2008 in Moscow and was solemnly buried in the Donskoy Cemetery of the same town. Here we propose the memory of his kept by Shimon Peres.

Israel dedicates a square - to Dimitar Peshev

Ceremony in the presence of the mayor of Tel Aviv Ron Huldai and of the president of Bulgaria Georgi Parabanov to commemorate Dimitar Peshev who rescued Bulgarian Jews (the main character in Gabriele Nissim’s book L'uomo che fermò Hitler - Mondadori).

Memorial stone - in San Petersburg for the Italians persecuted by Stalin

29 June 2007, at the Levashovo Memorial Cemetery, ceremony with relatives of the victims and Italian and Russian delegates and authorities

Srebrenica - for Memory

27 August–1 September 2007, International Week of Dialogue dedicated to remembering will take place in Srebrenica.

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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Nelson Mandela

the "giant" of the struggle against apartheid