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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Lebanese government collapses - the Country is facing instability

Sh'iites and Hezbollahs toppled the leadership of Saad Hariri, the son of the Prime Minister killed in 2005. On 10 December 2010 the Tribunal for Lebanon will make known the names of those who planned the former MP's assassination. From then on the Country's political crisis could turn into civil war.

"Free the opponents" - protests in front of Moscow City Hall

After Khodorkovskij's second conviction, the Cremlin continues crushing dissidents. Moscow City Hall has been piqueted by solitary protesters in the past few days: For a demonstration to be considered unlawful there need be no more than two people together.

Argentina, life in jail for ex dictator Videla - sentenced for crimes against the humankind

The general was found guilty of the abduction, torture and shooting of 31 political prisoners detained in a Cordoba jail between April and October 1976. Lifetime jail also for Benjamin Menendez.

Hungary reins in freedom of press - with a law passed by the Parliament

Budapest ushers in the Hungarian semester of EU Presidency by passing a gag-law concerning newspapers and television channels. The concern of reporters and international experts.

"Khodorkovsky? Thieves should sit in jail" - says Russian PM Mr. Putin

The Prime Minister uttered heavy statements regarding the ex oligarch some weeks before the verdict in his second trial.

Nobel Prize, empty chair for Liu Xiaobo - and the winners who did not receive the award

The world is to celebrate the delivery of the Peace Nobel Prize. The winner, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, is in jail and nobody will receive the award on his behalf: an empty chair will be left for him. It has already occurred that the Nobel Peace Prize was not awarded and some of the winners did not take part in the Oslo ceremony.

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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