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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Young people struggle for democracy - first video message by Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi appeals to the young generations for the first time since her release in a video. The Burmese activist dwelled about new technologies, which allow to "learn from the new thinking, to learn from those who have spent the years that I have spent in detention out in the free world, seeing what is going on".

Rape is a weapon in Congo war - a doctor and a victim bear witness

Raped women are 600 only on the border between Congo and Angola. Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege built a hospital in the East where he operated more than 20,000 of them. One of the victim says: "We are proud and we can still hold our heads high".

The cure for freedom in Burma - Nobel Prize Laureate Amartya Sen’s reflections

The economist in the pages of The Financial Times suggests some strategies to force the Country to undertake liberal reforms: an embargo on the products that yield profit to the regime, a travel ban on the personnel running the dictatorship, financial restrictions on transactions and reconciliation with the past.

Do you remember Ken Saro-Wiwa? - 15 years after his murder

In 1995 the Nigerian activist who had fought for the rights of his people, the Ogonis, trampled on by the oil companies, was murdered at the end of a farce trial. A collection of short tales entitled as Forest of Flowers expresses his anger and hope.

Sakineh's stoning an impending danger - warning from an NGO

According to the International Committee against Executions Tehran would have authorized the killing of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman accused of her husband's murder.

"Mayors for peace" founded in Milan - a movement for the Israeli-Palestinian peace

A seminar held in Milan on 13 October in presence of 14 Israeli and Palestinian mayors and the town's highest representatives led to the decision to create a common coordination of mayors of the two ethnicities and to organize a great meeting of Israeli and Palestinian mayors in Ashkelon.

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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