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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Ahmed Davutoglu in Armenia

Editorial by Pietro Kuciukian, Gariwo co-founder and Honorary Consul of Armenia to Italy

It is certainly reassuring to hear from the person in charge of the Turkish diplomacy – who visited Yerevan to attend the summit of the Black See Economic Cooperation Zone -, as he said on 12 December, that Turkey should hold a “just

Farewell to Nelson Mandela

Passing away at age 95 of this absolute beacon of democracy, a leader who resisted jail and embraced pardon paving the way to reconciliation in South Africa after the fierce Apartheid persecution.  

Denis Mukwege

Denis Mukwege has dedicated his life to serving rape victims in Congo. Despite an assassination attempt and continued threats, the doctor continues  to aid and treat women victims at his hospital in Bukavu.

Historic verdict for Chile

First right to reparations recognized by a supranational court to Chile's Leopoldo Garcia Lucero for the torture endured after the military coup of 1973. This will restore justice for the individual and strengthen the collective memory of the crimes perpetrated by Pinochet's dictatorship.

Alarm Central African Republic

Despite the African Union's help, the country is still unable to help civilians survive Seleka violence. Clashes take up a religious nuance as the Muslim militants assault Christian churches and some Christians attack Islamic communities.  

MIssing people portrayed on city walls

Yemeni artist Murad Sobay stenciled the faces of the disappeared dissidents on Sana'a walls, which now turned from prisons or barriers into memory places. Street art could have an impact also on this country's traditionalist society.  

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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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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