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Human rights and crimes against humanity

European sport against Nazism

Inauguration of exhibition European sport against Nazism. From Berlin Olympics to the London Games (1936-1948) at the Museo diffuso della Resistenza in Turin, on Wednesday 6 November at 11 a.m.

Turkey, black sheep of human rights

Erdogan starts a plan for liberalizations but fails to include at least a promise to free the 7,000 political prisoners of the country, where you can be arrested for talking about Aristotle. A group of intellectuals demands the liberation of Ragip and Deniz Zarakoglu and the other detained. 

Migrant routes

They drown after facing real odysseys on different continents. They are prey to criminal organizations, the indifference of Europe and the inadequacy of the Italian institutions. To them we dedicate this week's video, a song which we hope will raise awareness more than the usual outraged words.  

The worst attack since 1998

The report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria has been officially presented. The testimonies prove the use of gas sarin against civilians, with a high probability that the guilty is Assad's regime. It's now up to the Security Council to take the necessary steps to ensure the restoring of respect of human rights.  

The other 11 September, 40 years on

Chile remembers the over 3,000 victims, 1,200 desaparecidos and 40,000 victims of torture under the regime of Augusto Pinochet (from 1973 to 1990). The Chilean judges demanded pardon for falling short of defending the persecuted and President Pinera calls for "reflection to learn together from the mistakes of the past and enlight the way to the future". 

Uri Avnery turns 90

A convinced Israeli pacifist, he was the first to coin the term "two states for two peoples". On his birthday he wishes to always manage to look up.  

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


Human rights

the rights you have simply for being human

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Raphael Lemkin

the great jurist who coined the word “genocide”