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Human rights and crimes against humanity

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.


30 days for freedom

3 May will be the day to celebrate freedom of the press where it has been conquered, but also to acknowledge the fragility of this achievement. Gariwo joined the campaign launched by WAN-IFRA and it will publish a story of a persecuted journalist or media worker a day for 30 days.


Dark implications over the Grand Prix

Maryam al-Khawaja, Bahraini human rights defender has spoken out and demanded the removal of Bahrain from the Formula 1 lineup, as it legitimizes the harsh Khalifa regime and encourages a crackdown on human rights activists in Bahrain. 


Moscow and Washington removed from each other

After the referendum of 16 March in Crimea, the international community approved sanctions against Russia, up to the point of de facto suspending Moscow from the G8 and establishing that a G7 will be summoned in Brussels. We asked for the opinion of Vittorio Emanuele Parsi, professor of International Relations at the Catholic University of Milan.


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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Halima Bashir

a doctor in Darfur