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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Censorship dominates in Russia - the denounciation of Anna Politkovkskaya's son

Four years after the reporter's murder her son denounces the lack of freedom of expression in Moscow to the Gardens of the Righteous Committee. Sudan's doctor Halima Bashir won the prize set up by the association RAW in memory of the journalist.

Birtukan Mideksa is free again - she was pardoned by the President of the Republic

Ethiopian leader Birtukan Mideksa was excluded from elections, imprisioned for her ideas. Lady Freedom did not give up the struggle for civil rights and the respect of the Constitution: the leader of the Ethiopian opposition was released and back with her family. Yet her Country faces an escalation of death verdicts against the dissidents.

Tortures and rapes in Iran - against Nobel Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi's aides

Narges Mohammadi, just released, was hospitalized for the tortures undergone in jail. Appeal by Ms. Ebadi and Amnesty International for the liberation of Abdolreza Tajik, detained in inhumane conditions in Evin.

Natalia Estemirova’s murder - one year later

On 15 July 2009 Natalia Estemirova was abducted and killed. She had reported human rights violations in Chechnya. One year after her death Memorial holds a press conference and appeals to the Russian government and the International community asking for nothing similar to ever occur again to the Chechnian colleagues.

Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi released - he's a symbol of the opposition to Ahmadinejad

The dissident director arrested in March has been freed on bail. He had begun a protest hunger strike some days ago. Over the past few weeks there had been worldwide calls for his release, including those of many Hollywood stars taking part into the Cannes festival, whose jury he had been invited to join.

New trials in Argentina - ex dictators arrested

Crackdown on Reynaldo Bignone, Jorge Rafael Videla and José Martinez de Hoz, among the guilty for the tragedy of desaparecidos. They are charged with tortures, murders and abductions, also of babies.

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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