Germany finally commemorates Roma Victims of the Holocaust
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
In Memoriam: Rostyslav Dotsenko
The death has been announced of Rostyslav Dotsenko, literary critic, translator, writer and former political prisoner
Anna Politkovskaya – In Memory
On the 6th anniversary of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, rallies and remembrance gatherings have taken place in many parts of the world
It is 71 years since the Nazi’s killing of approximately 35 thousand Jewish Ukrainians at Babi Yar, then a ravine on the outskirts of Kyiv
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
In Memoriam: Iryna Stasiv-Kalynets
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.
In Memory of the Victims of the Warsaw Ghetto
70 years ago, on 22 July 1942 the Nazis began their monstrous Großaktion Warschau during which up to 300 thousand Jewish men, women and children were sent to the Treblinka Death Camp
In Memoriam: Vasyl Lisovy
Vasyl Semenovych Lisovy, philosopher and former dissident and political prisoner died on Friday 20 July 2012. He was 75.
In Memory: Viktor Fedushchak
Human Rights in Russia [HRO] has reported the death of Viktor Fedushchak, the Head of the Lviv Poshuk Society which is part of the International Memorial Society
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.
What words can bid farewell to a person whose life made it impossible to sink into misanthropic negativity and cynical hopelessness? His – in defence of political prisoners, in affirmation of freedom
Václav Havel: director of a play that changed history
Havel was the epitome of a dissident because he persisted in this struggle, patiently, non-violently, with dignity and wit, not knowing when or even if the outward victory would come. The success was already in that persistence, in the practice of "antipolitics" – or politics as the art of the impossible
Vaclav Havel has died
Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who wove theater into politics to peacefully bring down communism in Czechoslovakia and become a hero of the epic struggle that ended the Cold War, has died. He was 75
In Memoriam: Yaroslav Homza (1927-2011)
Yaroslav Homza, former dissident and political prisoner, and one of the founding members of the Donetsk regional branch of the Ukrainian Helsinki Union, died on 21 September in Ocheretyno (Donetsk region)
In Memoriam: Yury Shikhanovich
Human rights defender, one of the editors of the samizdat “Chronicle of Current Events” and former political prisoner, Yury Alexandrovich Shkhanovich has died in Moscow at the age of 79
Cain’s Crime: 70th anniversary of the Massacre of Jews at Jedwabne
A remembrance ceremony took place at Jedwabne in Poland on Sunday, 70 years after Polish villagers murdered several hundred of their Jewish neighbours. "There was no Rzeczpospolita (Polska) then, yet today there is and it can still hear the never-fading cry of its citizens. Once again, I beg forgiveness (President Komorowski)
In Memory: Yelena Bonner
Yelena Bonner, human rights defender, publicist and widow of Andrei Sakharov, has died after a long illness. Andrei Grigorenko who conveyed the news, expresses his condolences to her family which we can only echo. She was a very special and very courageous person and her passing is a great loss.
In Memoriam: Nina Marchenko
The death was announced on 15 April 2011 of Nina Marchenko, educationalist and mother of the renowned Ukrainian journalist and political prisoner, Valery Marchenko. Nina Mykhailivna devoted most of her life to first defending her son, and then keeping his memory alive