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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Punished for their freedom and nature

From second world war on, women have been persecuted worldwide both because of their religious or political belonging and for their own gender identity. This article features stories of women who suffered from and struggled against evil. 

The identity of the Jewish state

What are Israel's reactions to the recognition of the Holocaust made by Abu Mazen? How do the Israeli intellectuals deal with Holocaust memory, and the awareness of the nakba? Recent debate involves figures such as Saul Friedlander, of whom we present an article here, Avraham Burg and Yair Auron. 

In Guatemala there was no genocide

An act passed by the Parliament stated it was "legally impossible" that genocide occurred in the country from 1982-83. Victims' families fear this may hinder their effort to achieve justice.

Letter to a Palestinian reader

Yair Auron is a professor who has spent the past 25 years studying genocide and Israel’s attitude toward the genocides of other nations. On the eve of the publication of his recent essay, he wrote an open letter in Haaretz to demand reconciliation between Jewish-Israelis and Arab-Israelis. 

Gao Yu's detention confirmed

Dissident journalist Gao Yu jailed one month ahead of the 25th Tiananmen anniversary. It is feared it is going to be "the first among the many" arrests of the near future. 

A million women against abductions

They will march under the aegis of group Women for Justice and Peace in the Nigerian town of Abuja to protest Boko Haram's abductions of girl students. 23 girls are still held captive and Boko Haram leader threatened to enslave them.

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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