On the 69th anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars from their homeland, we join Crimean Tatars in remembering the Victims of a terrible crime. This year, however, the cynical actions of the authorities make vigilance and attention from beyond the Crimea vital.
It is seventy years today since the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising when between 200 and 500 poorly armed Polish Jews confronted the Germans, determined to die fighting, defending honour and dignity
Valery Abramkin, a former political prisoner, was co-founder of the Moscow Centre for Prison Reform (together with Andrei Sakharov) and worked tirelessly to promote prisoners’ rights and reform of the penitentiary system
Meetings were held in Russia, Ukraine and doubtless other countries today, 19 January, in memory of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Barburova murdered in Moscow on 19 January 2009 ,
Yury Schmidt, defence lawyer for Mikhail Khodorkovsky and very very many victims of political persecution in Russia has died in St Petersburg. His courage and commitment was vital in recent years and his death is a great blow. .
Germany’s Chancellor has finally opened a much-delayed memorial to Roma victims of the Nazi regime. Situated by parliament, it is meant to both commemorate the dead and stress the need to protect the living from hate and prejudice
On 5 or 6 August 1942 pedagogue, doctor and writer Janusz Korczak, together with Stefania Wilczyńska and the other staff and 192 children of Dom Sierot na Krochmalnej [the Orphanage on Krochmalna St) were murdered by the Nazis at the Treblinka Death Camp
Iryna Stasiv-Kalynets, poet, artist and former political prisoner has died at the age of 71. Active in the Ukrainian national liberation and human rights movements, she was a person of strong convictions and steadfast commitment.
Graves force any normal human being to stop and think. Yet here there are no graves. That means that on the place where an unthinkable crime was perpetrated, reflection must be transformed into particular responsibility, into enduring remembrance of what happened.