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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Mid-East protest on Twitter - interactive map

The Guardian features a map on which you can follow the latest Tweets on the revolutions in the Arab world.

Ali Yahia Abdennour, a life of struggle - leader of the Algerian revolution

Ali Yahia Abdennour is 90 years old, he is a lawyer and he devoted his life to opposing injustice. He even managed to gather a wide opposition againt President Bouteflika.

Middle East, an eventful day - protest in the various Countries

While the Egyptian army gradually restores order and takes control of the situation, the other Arab and Muslim Countries witness new developments. Besides Iran there are upheavals in Yemen, Bahrain and Lybia.

"Let's hang Moussavi and Karroubi" - threat from the Iranian deputies

Egypt reaches over to Teheran-chaos and clashes in the opposition rally. Thousands people are demonstrating in the streets of Tehran in the non-authorised rally of the Green Wave, which takes to the streets again in sign of solidarity with Egypt and Tunisia. 

"The blasphemous man deserves death" - Churches burnt in Indonesia

More than thousand Muslims have set alight two churches and assaulted an orphanage and a Christian medical unit. The rage of the crowd was unleashed by a verdict against a Christian, which was deemed to be too lenient.

Egypt, ElBaradei: "Let's kick Mubarak out" - demonstrators raise their shoes

Militaries would have flung themselves against protesters with arrests, torture and persecutions hitting hundreds people. The Army though also tries to show a human face and vows to call off state of emergency as soon as the protests will have calmed down. Demonstrators follow the opposition leader who promised to oust the President by the use of force.

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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