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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Heritage for Peace

Through our heritage-protection projects we hope to foster peace. It is only through (professional) dialogue that peace can be reached and inclusiveness can be (re-)established. By Rene Teijgeler, Heritage for Peace

​Yarmouk, an announced massacre

Since 1 April, IS has launched an offensive against the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus. Israeli Arab Member of the Parliament Ahmed Tibi told the daily newspaper Haaretz that IS killed about a thousand people in the camp

"Speaking a different language is a crime in Syria"

Syrian journalist Yara Bader, co-director together with her husband of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, wrote a letter to British paper The Guardian to demand his release after over one year in prison.

Is Amos Oz a traitor?

"I am concerned for our future. I am worried about the policy of the government and also ashamed of it. I am concerned because of the growing violence. But I am happy to be an Israeli, and happy to be a citizen in a country where every taxi driver with their own personal formula for instant redemption, everyone yelling all the time and no one listening. I listen, because I make a living out of it". Amos Oz' remarks at INSS

​Nemtsov: another bullet to democracy

It was short after Midnight of 27 February when Boris Nemtsov, 55-year old politician known for being one of Putin’s fiercest opponents, was killed by 4 firearm shots on the bridge that leads to the Red Square, one of the most surveilled places of the country.

Foibe killings remembrance day 2015

Every year on 10 February, the Italian state celebrates the Foibe killings remembrance day, established by law 92 of 30 March 2004. On this date we remember the Italians of all political and religious creeds, including women, children and elders, who were killed by the Slavic partisans in the aftermath of WW2. 

Crimes of genocide and against the humankind

the denial of the individual's value

The first legal definition in the domain of mass persecution dates back to 1915 and concerns the massacres of the Armenian populations perpetrated by the Turks, which were followed by the trials of the perpetrators before the Martial Court. In the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920 the Great Powers use the terms "crimes against civilization" and "crimes of lèse-humanity". In the aftermath of Second World War, face the Holocaust tragedy, the Military Tribunal of the Nurnberger Trials against Nazi officials started the proceeding by stating the crimes on which it was competent... On 9 December 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously approved the Convention for the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, which is considered as the most heinous crime against Humanity. 

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The book

​Tears of the Desert

Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis


Poem for Charleston

by SC Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth

Featured story

Massoud Benhoud

a journalist persecuted for his defence of freedom of information