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Human rights and crimes against humanity

Hrant Dink Award to Diyarbakir Bar Association and Malawi activist

Diyarbakir Bar Association, an institution struggling for human rights in Turkey, and Theresa Kachindamoto, a tribe chief from Malawi fighting against child marriages and for children's right to education, won the International Hrant Dink Award 2016.

Turkey, more democracy against coup - Demirtaş

The way out of the chaos is not the state of emergency but more democracy, says HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, highlighting that, already before the coup attempt, freedom and rights were restricted by an authoritarian one-man-rule, on power thanks to a 'civilian' coup against democratic opposition, independent media, Kurdish citizens.

Turkey: Europe is standing by and watching

"We demand Europe not to be silent in the face of the assaults of Erdogan's regime against the democratic forces. You must support us, because in Turkey the press is reduced to silence". This is the call of Figen Yüksekdağ, feminist and socialist activist, and co-president  of HDP.

Turkey: the rule of law no longer applied

with Cumhuriyet daily under hard pressure, the only remaining independent tools for free expression are social media, especially Twitter, the Internet and the Kurdish media, like DIHA news-agencysays political analyst Cengiz Aktar, after the constitutional amendment scrapping immunity of MPs with legal proceedings.

Honouring the Righteous is very important for the humanity

Dyana Shaloufi-Rizek is the director of the Museum in Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom, a village inhabited by Israelis and Palestinians willing to coexist peacefully. On 31 May she will be honouring the members of a Circassian village in the Caucasus who rescued 32 Jewish children in the Holocaust.

Tahir Elçi, murder without culprits

The assassination of the Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist, head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, is another political crime without culprits. Five months after the murder the experts engaged for further investigations concluded that it was impossible to determine, with the existing evidences, the conditions of the shooting.

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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