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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Signs of detente at the 38° parallel

After many years, dialogue between Seoul and Pyongyang. In the middle of the negotiation, the economic cooperation, but also the construction of a relation of faith and reconciliation.


A Syria without Assad

As Syrian refugees pour into Turkey, anti-refugee sentiment grows. Turkey is preparing itself for Syria post-Assadcalls  and calls for help from the international community; for financial assistance and to discuss migrant issues with Western countries.


Anti-Semitism a concern in Budapest

This year's World Jewish Congress was held in Hungary to denounce a surge in far-right ideology and violence. A resolution demands stiffer penalties for anti-Semitic offenders and Neonazi militants. 


"Everyone of us is a superhero"

A comic strip is published in Egypt with an unusual hero who helps the women find the courage to report abusers. A women's rights group created an interactive map to show the places where the aggression occur. They asked the Interiors Ministers to protect women, but Islamists are fiercely against these courageous acts. 


Opening the Vatican archives

The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo asked Pope Francis to open the Vatican archives concerniing the time of the dictatorship in Argentina, from 1976 to 1983, in the hope to obtain information that are useful to find the children stolen from the missing people (desaparecidos) and handed to families of regime supporters.


Death of Egyption activist rises questions of police brutality

The death of a young activist Mohamed el - Gindy after his protests at Tahir Square, raised many questions about the undemocratic governing system in Egypt.  Old, violent tactics of the security police continue to take place till today in Egypt. President Mohamed Morsi does not give specific answers on the questions about police reform.


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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