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Exemplary figures reported by Gariwo

  • Afghanistan
  • Sonita Alizadeh the rapper who denounced the tragedy of child brides
  • Algeria
  • Khalida Toumi Messaoudi Algerian, minister for Communication and Culture in 2001
  • Argentina
  • Alice Domon French missionary in Argentina who was tortured and killed for her compassion
  • Azucena Villaflor founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
  • Belarus
  • Yuri Bandachevsky scientist, anatomo-pathologist and Soviet dissident
  • Vassili Nesterenko dissident Soviet nuclear physicist
  • Bulgaria
  • Ahmed Demir Dogan the opponent who set up a legal organization in defence of the rights and freedom of Bulgarian Turks
  • Burma-Myanmar
  • Aung San Suu Kyi 1991 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Bo Kyi a student victim of torture and a civil liberty activist
  • China
  • Ching Cheong Chinese journalist
  • Gao Xingjian Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Gao Zhisheng lawyer and human rights activist
  • Hu Jia journalist and the man behind the “letter of a thousand signatures”
  • Teng Biao Chinese lawyer and human rights activist
  • Zeng Jinyan cyber human rights activist
  • Congo
  • Sylvie Maunga Mbanga lawyer against rape and for dialogue between ethnic groups
  • Congo
  • Denis Mukwege A doctor against rape in the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Alganesh Fessaha a woman to the rescue of migrants in Africa and Lampedusa
  • Germany-China
  • John Rabe the Nazi who saved Chinese lives in Nanking
  • Greece
  • Christoforos Schuff the priest "fisher of men"
  • ​Efi Latsoudi Coordinator of the Pikpa Solidarity Camp and winner of 2016 Nansen Refugee Award for her tireless work helping refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos
  • ​Emilia Kamvisi the grandmother of Lesvos
  • Eric Kempson The English artist who rescues the 'lost souls' of Lesvos.
  • ​Melinda McRostie owner of The Captain's Table: the restaurant of Lesvos helping the refugees
  • Stratos Valiamos fisher of men in the Isle of Lesbos
  • Daphne Vloumidi the hotel owner from Lesbos who was arrested for driving them to the ferry embarkment to Athens the refugees landed in 2015
  • Guatemala
  • Guillermo Chen campaigner for justice for the Maya massacres
  • Norma Cruz women’s rights activist and former guerrilla fighter
  • India
  • Flavia Agnes a lawyer for women’s rights, writer and activist of gender issues
  • Iran
  • Hashem Aghajari the historian persecuted for criticizing the ayatollahs
  • Ahmad Batebi a student persecuted by the ayatollahs
  • Massoud Benhoud a journalist persecuted for his defence of freedom of information
  • Akbar Ganji the journalist who symbolizes dissent against the regime of the ayatollahs
  • Mehrangiz Kar lawyer, writer, lecturer at Harvard University
  • Neda Agha Soltan a symbol of Iranian dissent
  • Iraq
  • Vian Dakhil Yazidi deputy against the Islamic State
  • Italy
  • Albino Badinelli the policeman who turned himself in to the Nazi-Fascists to save 20 hostages and the whole country from the retaliation
  • Costantino Baratta the bricklayer from Lampedusa who saved 12 Eritrean children during the massacre of 3 October
  • ​Daniela Pompei Responsible of the Sant'Egidio Community's services for migrants
  • Italian Coast Guard women and men that risk their lives to save the ones on the run from hunger and violence
  • Maria Quinto Coordinator of the humanitarian corridors and of the migrants services promoted by the Sant'Egidio Community
  • Teresio Olivelli the "rebel out of love"
  • Ada Rossi She helped create and disseminate the Manifesto of Ventotene and set up the European Federalist Movement
  • Vito Fiorino rescuer of refugees in Lampedusa
  • Italy - Argentina
  • Enrico Calamai the vice consul who rescued 300 people from the military dictatorship
  • Italy - France - Egypt
  • Jean-Sélim Kanaan aid worker killed in the attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad
  • Lebanon
  • Samir Kassir journalist and Political Activist
  • Mexico
  • Lydia Cacho journalist and women’s rights activist
  • Morocco
  • Fatima Mernissi writer, lecturer in sociology at the Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Wole Soyinka Committed intellectual, protagonist of struggle against african dictatorships's violences
  • Peru
  • Maria Elena Moyano a “pasionaria” in the fight against poverty
  • Poland
  • Raphael Lemkin the great jurist who coined the word “genocide”
  • Russia
  • Paul Klebnikov an American journalist in Russia
  • Anna Politkovskaya murdered in Moscow for reporting atrocities in Chechnya
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Raif Badawi the Saudi blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes
  • Serbia
  • Natasha Kandic human rights activist in Serbia
  • Somalia
  • Hawa Aden Mohamed teacher and girls’ rights activist
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali member of the European Parliament
  • South Africa
  • Nelson Mandela the "giant" of the struggle against apartheid
  • South America
  • Zandile Nhlengetwa campaigner for dialogue and reconciliation
  • Spain
  • Gorka Landaburu A Spanish journalist targeted by ETA
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sunila Abeysekera singer, actress and minority rights activist
  • Sudan-Darfur
  • Halima Bashir a doctor in Darfur
  • Syria
  • ​Ghayath Mattar Syrian activist killed because of his struggle for democracy
  • Tunisia
  • Sihem Bensedrine journalist and civil rights activist
  • Mohammed Bouazizi the young boy who gave rise to the Arab Springs
  • Turkey
  • Taner Akcam a Turkish professor who denounced the Armenian Genocide
  • Orhan Pamuk Nobel Prize who reported clashes and connections between different cultures
  • Pinar Selek Turkish sociologist and peace and human rights activist
  • Elif Shafak writer against discriminations
  • Ragip Zarakolu a Turkish writer in defense of ethnic minorities
  • Uganda
  • Ricky Richard Anywar a former child soldier who rescues children from the militias
  • Father Emanuel Natalino Vura the priest that rescues child soldiers
  • USA
  • Fannie Lou Hamer outspoken advocate of civil and political rights for African Americans
  • Amina Wadud professor of Islamic studies in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department of Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
  • Zimbabwe
  • Betty Makoni champion of women’s rights in Africa

Civil Courage

in every part of the world

The committee the Forest of the Righteous wants to make known those that fight and are fighting to defend the persecuted, the innocent victims of crimes against humanity, and to protect human dignity and human rights wherever they are infringed upon, to declare the will to live in peace and civil coexistence, to seek truth and freedom of expression.