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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Fiddling while Lybia burns - editorial in the International Herald Tribune

Anne-Marie Slaughter, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton, analyzes some common Western objections to paying a price to oppose Gaddafi's crimes against humanity: "It's not in our interest", "It will be counterproductive", "It won't work", "We don't know what we will get", and "Let's arm the rebels instead" and finds clever wayouts. Article inside.

Feminism's global challenge - speaking with one voice

Guardian editorialist Mariella Frostrup took a fierce stance on International Women's Day: in the West "our struggle for emancipation and equality has been surreptitiously rewritten as a harpy bra-burning contest", but elsewhere in the world women must still achieve their basic rights. Press review inside.

Trials all over the world - against persecutions

In Argentina Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone tried again for ordering the kidnapping of the missing's children. A Honululu court granted compensations after 25 years to 7,000 Filippinoes whose families had been abused by the men of Ferdinand Marcos. A historic resolution demands the International Criminal Court to try the Lybian leader Muammar Gheddafi.

Echoes of 1989 in the Arab revolts - but Vaclav Havel outlines differences and risks

In an interview to Associated Press the former leader of the Velvet Revolution commented upon the upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa by recalling the collapse of the Berlin Wall. "Time is a key factor", said Havel pointing to the danger of "regimes worse than Mubarak's one".

Armenians and Azeris - a difficult path to peace

On 28 February the world commemorated the Sumgait pogrom, a massacre of Armenians which marked the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijian back in 1988. While many observers fear a resumption of war, Armenia's Honorary Consul to Italy Pietro Kuciukian steps in to underline the importance of peace between the two peoples.

What's on in the Mid-east? - analysis and features in the foreign press

Revolutions and reforms, in the events which could mark a new 1989. The struggle for democracy and its difficulty to gain ground. Maghreb between Iranian danger and Turkish model. Women's rights. All Gadafi's and the denounciation of the Lybian Ambassador to the UN. Only bread or also freedom?

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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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

member of the European Parliament