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300 intellectuals' open letter published online - thousands join the apology to the Armenians

On 5th December four Turkish intellectuals, soon joined by 300 colleagues, published an open letter over the Internet, and in less than 24 hours it collected more than 2,500 signatures; it happened while journalists such as Alberto Rosselli and Dogan Ozguden are threatened by Turkish extremists for publicly facing the issue of the Armenian Genocide.

Genocide prevention - A report offer hints to the new US administration

A report by a task force headed by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Defense Secretary William Cohen argues that it is possible to prevent genocide before it spins out of control.

Holodomor in Ukraine: famine genocide - 75th anniversary 22 November

On 22 November in Kiev, after crossing 33 countries, the "flame of the eternal candle" joined the millions of candles lit in memory of those who starved to death in the Great Ukrainian Famine engineered by the Soviet regime between 1932 and 1933. On 29 November 2006, Ukraine officially instituted the fourth Saturday of November as Holodomor Remembrance Day.

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.

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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