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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Syria, tanks bombed Homs - over 800 died in the protests

Tanks of Assad's regime shelled Homs, the crucial point in the anti-dictatorship demonstrations.

Argentina's voice passed away - writer Ernesto Sabato died at 99

Writer Ernesto Sabato passed away at his Buenos Aires home at age 99.

During the Alfonsìn government he founded and presided the Comisión Nacional sobre la Desaparición de Personas dealing with the inquiry and reports about the missing people.

Syria strategical for Lebanon and Palestine - world media analysis

Analysis and opinions by journalists, bloggers and dissidents about the Syrian situation which according to the BBC might "make Lybia appear peripheral". In fact linked to Damascus, where over 200 are missing, is an alliance "between Iranian regime, radical Palestinian groups and Lebanon's hizbollahs".

Interview to Yekmalyan, Article 19 - "gross human rights violations in Belarus"

Sara Bicchierini interviewed Mushegh Yekmalyan, Article 19's person in charge of the Asian and European areas. Article 19 is an international organization that struggles for freedom of expression in Belarus.

The voice from Tunis - Lina Ben Mhenni, blogger of the Jasmine Revolution

Lina writes in her blog A Tunisian Girl by bearing witness to the protests and clashes in her Country and saying: "When you see the corpses of youths of your age you forget about everything and you don't think about your safety anylonger, but you only wish you could do everything in your power to stop the massacre".

Egypt erases Mubarak - and blogger Ghonim is "most influential man"

Time magazine included Egyptian blogger Wael Ghonim among the world's most influential men right while a tribunal orders the removal of pictures and names of ex dictator from streets, squares, schools and libraries.

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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