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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Helping Migrants, or Rethinking our Planet

With Luciano Scalettari, correspondent of Famiglia Cristiana who has covered Africa for a long time, we talked about the thousands people who risk their lives every year in the attempt to reach our shores, and about those who, faced with such a load of indifference, put their lives to risk to help migrants.

Nabeel Rajab, arrested for a tweet

Nabeel Rajab, a prominent rights activist in Bahrain, director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, has been arrested over a tweet deemed “denigrating” to the authority. His case is similar to the one of Maryam al-Khawaja, director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, arrested on 30 August at Manama airport.

Ban Ki Moon urges Alliance of Civilizations

UN Secretary General recently in Bali prompted world leaders to counter fragmentation and ensure peace by fostering unity within diversity. He tackled the problem of sectarian violence and prejudice and appealed for the end of hostilities in Iraq.

The brave struggle

We publish here an article by the philosopher Francesco Tava about the idea of Europe like a "Fortress" and the future of the European identity, originally published on opedDemocracy on 16 July 2014

Iraq, the birth of the fanatical caliphate

The new state occupies a large part of northern Syria and northern and eastern pieces of Iraq. They have carried out crucifixions, beheadings, live video, kidnappings and all sorts of crime to reduce the inhabitants into submission. "Reject democracy and return to Islam," proclaimed spokesman of the Caliphate, al-Adnani, to terrified civilians.

Continued gender inequality in Iran

Despite Brazilian women being given the chance to attend, Iranian women were forced to stand outside the gates as they cheered during the men's national volleyball match. The popularity of protesting this clear inequality grows, but women are still banned from such events that "involving men's teams".

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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​Tears of the Desert

Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis

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Hashem Aghajari

the historian persecuted for criticizing the ayatollahs