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Human rights and crimes against humanity

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.

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".

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.

"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.

On the head of the snakes - the difficult balance of Yemen, Syria and Bahrein

Out of the sight of the international community, some regimes are repressing opponents. It's the case of three Arab Countries where regimes keep on "dancing on the head of the snakes", as Yemen's leader Saleh is used to describing his increasingly awkward policy of ruling by dividing the tribes from each other In these political intricacies we witnessed actions such as the detenton of 15 children in Syria, while Bahrein is intimidating whoever dares talk to the foreign media.

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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