Violation of human rights is unfortunately a common event in human history.  The prejudice is based on the false belief of superiority, racism and sexism.  There are political movements with the purpose of discriminating an ethical group in order to justify a certain economic or political crisis or even to explain why a certain country is target of terrorism.  They become strong based on the fear of the society.  People in general become weaker when they are not confident of the future.  The purpose of this paper is to analyze if a new beginning is possible.  Is a new start with coexistence and a certain level of trust possible?  This possibility is discussed in interviews made with survivors of religious or political persecution, published in various newspapers.  The important point is the discussion if a new beginning is possible.  It is not the question if it is possible to forgive, but how far are future generations morally responsible for these events and don’t allow them to be forgotten in a way to prevent its repetition.

Key words: persecution; forgiveness; restart; freedom


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Biografia do Autor

Ricardo Luiz Sichel, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro

From March 2010 until July 2010, I was the Director of the Administrative Faculty of the Federal University in the State of Rio de Janeiro, which enables a transdisciplinary academic environment. Teaching and research revolve around four sub-disciplinary fields: Political Analysis, Social Theory and Law.I am Professor of Civil and Commercial Law of the  University of Rio de Janeiro.


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Sichel, R. L. (2017). HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION – IS A NEW BEGINNING POSSIBLE?. Unoesc International Legal Seminar, 4(1), 187–198. Recuperado de



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