The Students for Humanity Review

October 30, 2018

After Burkina Faso, Malaysia will be the second country to abolish the death penalty this year. This historical decision that changes the policy of a country that just last year had 800 people under a death sentence, was announced this month by Liew Vui Keong the Law minister who also declared that there would be a moratorium on executions for inmates currently on death row.

 “The abolition of death penalty is part of our election pledge and also in line with the move away from capital punishment in the rest of the world”: confirmed the Communications Minister Gobind Singh Deo. In fact, the new Malaysian government that established on 9th May of this year is led by Pakatan Harapan (PH) the first party to win the elections against Barisan Nasional (BN) that had ruled the country since its in...

October 26, 2018

“Human Rights”: we talk about them all day, we protect our rights and claim other people to respect them, we sometimes give them for granted, though there are people who are still not considered or perceived as human beings, who are not seen as individuals, whose rights are stepped over every day and whose culture is not valued and looked at in the same way our own is.

And this is not about moralizing, this is about reality, this is about the stories of people, of refugee people, of convict people, of everyone we are very often not used and educated to look at as human, with needs, aspirations and abilities.

“Human Rights” is then the broad and in a way ambitious theme that inspired us in designing the events that our association will host this year, human rights in all their shapes and shad...

October 23, 2018

Last October 10th was the 16th “World Day against Death Penalty”, organised by the World Coalition against the Death Penalty.

Although many people could think it is an obsolete and distant institution, unfortunately, in the 21st century, there are still countries that keep death penalty in their criminal system. Precisely fifty-six, according to Amnesty International report for 2018. Only last year, twenty-three of them have sentenced to death at least 993 people. This number is even more impressive if we consider that is reached not counting China, which marks death sentences as state secret, in order to hide these data from organizations and medias. 

Due to this circumstance, Amnesty International launched a campaign in Belarus, Ghana, Japan, Iran and Malaysia, so that national governments...

October 19, 2018

"May God grant us all, all of us drinkers, such a good and easy death!”

By far the most peculiar hagiography ever written, “The legend of the holy drinker” by Joseph Roth (1894-1939) is one of those XX century books that you may find in every bookshop, covered by the dust, left aside by the followers of simpler paths who prefer trendier texts and not understood by the masses because of its subtle title- Nonetheless, in less than 60 pages, the Austrian author deals with topics of great social importance with an unique style and a massive amount of irony between the lines.

The life and the works of Joseph Roth were characterized by regrets and moments that were not savoured enough. He was the man that almost succeeded in life, that had an almost happy marriage, whose fleeting and deceitful goa...

October 16, 2018

La vita segreta di un reparto di Neuropsichiatria, dove sogni e paure si incontrano 

“Ieri sono andata nel reparto di Neuropsichiatria infantile di Torino...”
Silenzi. Sguardi dubbiosi. Fronti corrucciate. Sussurri. Ogni volta la medesima reazione, ogni volta lo stesso vuoto tra me ed il mio interlocutore.
E’ ora di superare questo abisso, è ora che il mondo sappia quanta fragile, genuina bellezza nasconde un luogo del genere, quanti fiori meravigliosi sbocciano dopo che la tempesta ha colpito il terreno.
I reparti di neuropsichiatria, soprattutto infantile, sono luoghi circondati dal silenzio, sono luoghi tabù... Chi non vi è mai stato costretto ad entrarvici in contatto, solitamente, preferisce ignorare l’esistenza di un posto che raccoglie le anime di chi, seppur troppo giovane, già...

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