ADHRRF – On January 25, 2018, Amnesty International Florence held a march on the theme of “Continue seeking the truth of Giulio Regeni’s disappearance” at Florence Cathedral Square, in the hope that more people focus on the true causes of the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian PhD student of Cambridge University. It also calls on the authorities to attach importance to human rights.
According to the report of Amnesty International, since the adoption of the Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders by the United Nations in 1998, there are people murdered or enforced to disappear every other day due to defending human rights. Anyone who speaks against human rights violation, such as lawyers, journalists, environmentalists and teachers, is often the attack target of powerful interest groups. And 28-year-old Giulio Regeni is just one of them. He was murdered in Cairo for his research into independent labor unions in Egypt on January 25, 2016, but no one has been charged for this cruel killing in the last two years.
Participants in this event included people from different walks of life in Florence, volunteers and Christians of The Church of Almighty God. On the site, demonstrators held a banner of “Truth for Giulio Regeni (Verita’ Per Giulio Regeni)” and placards like “Stop All Enforced Disappearance (Stop Alle Sparizioni Forzate)” and “Truth About Giulio Regeni (Verita’ Per Giulio Regeniz).” They also hung the placard of “Truth for Giulio Regeni (Verita’ Per Giulio Regeni)” on the wall of the building next to the square, in order to call on more people to focus on this issue.
Lorenzo Frondizi, the vice chairperson of the Amnesty International Florence, said, “Since February, 2016, the Republic (la Repubblica) has reported the disappearance of Giulio Regeni many times, which has attracted many justice-seeking people, organizations and media to pay close attention to this matter. Today we once again appeal for the truth of Giulio Regeni’s death.”
The procession started from the Cathedral Square (Piazza Duomo), proceeded through the Republic Square (Piazza della Repubblica), the Florence Square (Piazza San Firenze) and finally arrived at the Holy Cross Square (Piazza Santa Croce). At the end of this event, Mr. Lorenzo Frondizi once again stressed that Amnesty International will continue seeking the truth for Giulio Regeni and hope more people learn from Giulio Regeni and work hard for the cause of justice in society.
Finally, demonstrators congregated in the Holy Cross Square (Piazza Santa Croce), lifted the yellow placards and lit the candles in their hands, indicating that more justice-seeking people and groups will continue fighting for the cause of human rights.