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Witnesses to Truth

Etty Hillesum: Every atom of hatred that we add to the world makes it inhospitable

If one thing is not hate, quite anouter is love your enemies. How can you love your enemies? In her quest for an answer, Hillesum reflects on the presence of evil in men and got persuaded that it is not onlu the enemy that hosts evil, but good and evil are rooted in every human being. By Klaas Smelik

Genocide in Cambodia 41 years on

Claire Ly is an extraordinary witness to the genocide committed by the Khmer Rouges, to which she lost her father, husband and brothers. The author of fundamental books such as Retour de l'enfer and La mangrove, she is honoured inside the Garden of the Righteous of Milan.

Armin T. Wegner and the moral failure of the Twentieth Century

Why did everything repeat in history, as the Qohelet said, asked himself Armin Wegner? The Pope probably reproposed the same question by remembering the Armenian genocide and giving it a clear and precise name. By Gabriele Nissim

Gao Yu's detention confirmed

Dissident journalist Gao Yu jailed one month ahead of the 25th Tiananmen anniversary. It is feared it is going to be "the first among the many" arrests of the near future. 

7 years since Politkovskaya's death

The Russian journalist was killed in 2006 in Moscow. The Strasbourg Court of Human Rights eventually recognizes Russia's faults in investigation about her death. Focus on the Chechnya issue. 

Armenia to start a Day of Remembrance - dedicated to the Righteous and witnesses to genocide

On 24 April 2011 commemoration of the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Consul Pietro Kuciukian met the President of the Armenian Parliament in Yerevan and demanded a law celebrating those who had the courage to oppose genocide and denounce massacres.

Witnesses to truth

trying to stop the villains for a better future

Witnesses play a key role as a genocide case unfolds because they allow for reporting the ongoing crimes and calling for the world powers to stop it.This was made by Armin Wegner back at the beginning of the past centurym during the genocide against the Armenians in Anatolia. He remained unheeded, as was Jan Karski, the courier of the Polish resistance to London and Washington, who did never succeed in forgiving himself for not being able to persuade the "great men of earth" about the need to step in to stop the Shoah.Nonetheless, they both not only advocated international intervention, but also felt the duty to document persecution. They became witnesses beyond the present time, to advocate a better future. Running major personal risks, Wegner shot hundreds pictures, which remain the only exhaustive documentation up to the present day enabling us to counter all attempts to deny the Armenian genocide and to bring justice to the victims.Karski wanted risked his life for he wanted to check personally what was happening in the Warsaw Ghetto and in the Nazi camps to which the Jews where deported, so that he could bear indisputable testimony against the attempt to conceal the evidence of extermination.The writers, poets, intellectuals who dared report the Soviet tyranny depriving people of their freedom and dignity in the USRR were interned in the gulags, where many ot them died of hunger and hardship.

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Raphael Lemkin

the great jurist who coined the word “genocide”