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Dialogue and Reconciliation

Turkey sentenced for Hrant Dink murder - historic verdict of the European Court

Ankara was found guilty for not protecting the journalist's life and freedom of expression. The family was granted a compensation of 105,000 euro.

Hrant Dink’s lawyer died - he was found hanged in his flat

Hakan Karadag, plaintiff lawyer at the trial against Hrant Dink’s murderers, was found hanged in his Istanbul flat on Friday 4 June. Three years after the Armenian journalist’s murder the Turkish court failed to hand down a sentence against the confessed criminal.

The Righteous and the European conscience - final meeting of the "Storia e Memoria" contest

Bologna - 25th May 2010
The meeting "The Righteous, totalitarianism and European conscience" marks the conclusion of the national Contest organized by Fermi scientific high school for the Network Agreement “Storia e Memoria” (“History and Memory”) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Hrant Dink's assassination - State and media responsibilities in Gokta's book

Update 27th July 2009
Judicial reporter Kemal Goktas published in Turkish "Hrant Dink Cinayeti: Medya, Yargi, Devlet". The book analyzes the State and media behaviours which led to the assassination of journalist Hrant Dink.

Memory and topicality of the Righteous - how to see the enemy through friend's eyes

For the Remembrance Day of 2009:
International congress
23 January 2009, 9.00 a.m., Milan, teatro Derby
Meeting with the rapporteurs
23 January 2009, 9.00 p.m., Milan, Armenian House

Moshe Bejski in the Italian Parlament - Presentation of the Gabriele Nissim’s book

Rome, Italy, 27 February 2003, Chamber of Deputies. Presentation of Gabriele Nissim’s book "Il Tribunale del Bene. La storia di Moshe Bejski, l’uomo che creò il Giardino dei Giusti". Discussion with the author and with Moshe Bejski, the man who for 25 years chaired the Yad Vashem Commission of the Righteous

Dialogue and reconciliation

it is the Righteous, rather than the victims or the persecutors. to speak to the future generations

In the torn social fabric of a country where a genocide case or other crimes against the humankind have occurred, it is very difficult, even after many years, to resume a kind of dialogue to re-establish relationships and rebuild civil coexistence between the victims - including survivors or their relatives, refugees and their heirs - and the persecutors, accomplices or passive bystanders. To this we should add the role of the State, its officials and government members, who often try to deny what occurred and refuse taking up the - however apparent - responsibilities of the massacres. Only the reaction and heeding ability of those who have not bowed their heads to the uniformation of behaviour within the group of the persecutors and have refused to conform to a conduct which conscience cannot approve, can allow people to resume a kind of communication which is able to combine the need for truth and the assumption of responsibility with an opening to future hope and a shared project-making. The Righteous are the only ones who have what it takes to do that.

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call for action inspired from Steven Spielberg

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Hrant Dink

journalist who promoted dialogue and reconciliation between Turks and Armenians