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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Voting is not enough - democracy in the Arab countries

Unease in the West over the developments of the Arab movements. In Tunisia the Revolutionary committee preparing the first democratic elections sanctions gender equality, but in Egypt fundamentalist violence prevails. Uncertain is the future of Syria, where the lifting of the special legislation in force for 48 years could not suffice to calm the discontent. International press review inside.


Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo arrested - Obama: "It's a victory of democracy"

Ivory Coast's outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo, entrenched for days in his palace-bunker in Abidjan, was arrested with his wife.
Alassane Ouattara, the Head of State recognized by the international Community, announced on tv the opening of a trial against Laurent Gbagbo.


Hungary is no more a republic - ultraconservative Constitution passed

The new text, replacing the Communist one of 1949, does not call the State a Republic anylonger and identifies the political nation with the ethnical one. Article in The Budapest Business Journal.


Minorities in the Mediterranean - international meeting

4-5 aprile
Circolo dei lettori - Turin
via Bogino 9

The Italian Centre for Peace in the Middle East (Centro Italiano per la Pace in Medio Oriente or CIPMO) holds an International Meeting comparing the experience of Ethnic and religious minorities on the sides of the Mediterranean Sea.


Barack Obama and Libya - speech at the National Defense University

The US President says: "America has an important strategic interest in preventing Qaddafi from overrunning those who oppose him. A massacre would have driven thousands of additional refugees across Libya’s borders, putting enormous strains on the peaceful –- yet fragile -– transitions in Egypt and Tunisia".


"I don't fear death but only defeat" - farewell to Mo, voice of dissent in Lybia

Mohammad Nabous nicknamed Mo, founded the Bengasi-based Web-tv Lybia Alhurra. He was killed during broadcasting for trying to denounce Gaddafi's regime.


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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movie about Holocaust in Poland

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founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo