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On 16 January 2015 late in the evening the website of the Ministry of Justice published a statement that the NGO Committee Against Torture had been added to the register of non-profit organizations designated as ‘foreign agents’.
Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director at Human Rights Watch and Honorary Participant of International Youth Human Rights Movement: As the crisis in Ukraine escalated this spring, the Kremlin’s vicious crackdown on civil society also escalated. Space for independent civic activity in Russia is shrinking dramatically, but international policymakers and the media have been understandably too distracted to do much about it. Since early spring, it seems as though every week brings a new pernicious law or legislative proposal.
Earlier this year, the correspondent of Youth Human Rights Movement from Germany Jakob Stürmann interviewed Konstantin Baranov, member of the Coordination Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement. They discussed so called “law against homosexual propaganda” and the overall situation of LGBT in Russia.  

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Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksiy Chyrniy have been held in Russian jails for two years already under fabricated charges of ‘terrorism’. We consider it being necessary to express solidarity with those who are persecuted due to their pro-Ukrainian views, civic stand and desire for freedom in Russia-annexed Crimea.
Helsinki Committee of Armenia has published “Human Rights in Armenia 2014” Annual Report. The report reflects on the Right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Political Persecutions, Freedom of Conscience and Religion, The Rights of the Child, Protection of Labor Rights.
«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

Court of Soviet Region of Gomel discharged claims against Yauheni Yakavenka

On April 8, 2010, Court of Soviet Region of Gomel discharged claims against Yauheni Yakavenka (25 y.o.) who was accused of failure to appear to draft activities to military service.

Verdict on Mikhailau’s case not ready either. Another break in consideration of the case.

On April 5, 2010, a second hearing on “reconsideration” of Mikhailau’s case has taken place.

Third criminal case on demands of alternative civilian service in Belarus

On March 19, 2010, information appeared that a criminal case has been initiated against Yauheni Yakavenka upon Art. 435 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (“evading activities on draft to the army”). On March, May 22, 2010 young man is called upon by the crime investigator of the Central Region Department of Interior Olga Shupikova, this time as a defendant (accused).

On March 26, 2010, Minsk Region Court will again consider the criminal case on Ivan Mikhailau who is charged with draft evasion

On March 9, 2010, a Panel of Judges of Minsk Oblast Court has considered a cassation appeal of Mikhailau against the sentence that was given to him by the Minsk Region Court and decided to submit the case for a repeated consideration. On March 10, 2010 Ivan Mikhailau who was convicted for his objection to military service out of religious beliefs, was released from the Zhodzina prison number 8 (Minsk region).

Alexander Lukashenko commissioned the Law “On Alternative Military Service” to be developed

February 18, 2010, from the 4 PM newsblock of the national channel ONT (“Nation-Wide Television”) we found out that the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko officially charged Secretary General of the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus Leonid Maltsev with the task to work on the draft of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Alternative Military Service”.

This statement of the President was preceded by court processes on Dzmitry Smyk, Andrei Tsianuta, Ivan Mikhailau, Yauheni Yakavenka who claimed realization of their right to alternative implementation of the military service and realization of the Art. 57 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. Court hearings received broad coverage of the mass media and a wide public response.

Belarusian human rights defenders invited local authorities to dialogue

Activities of the officers of Belarusian law-enforcement bodies during peaceful actions of February 8, 14 and 16, 2010, as well as the situation around the “Union of Poles in Belarus” have caused deep concern from the side of publicity and human rights community.

As a result of a collective discussion on February, 17, 2010, human rights organizations of Belarus have made a decision to initiate negotiations with law-enforcement institutions of Belarus for the aims of exchange of positions regarding the issue of freedom of assembly and ensuring law and order during conduction of peaceful assemblies. A special organizing committee has been created for the purpose of conducting negotiations.

Court hearing on a conscientious objector from the military Yauheni Yakavenka

On February 11, 2010, a court hearing will start on the case of Yauheni Yakavenka, who is occused of failure to show up to the military recruitment procedures (Art. 25.1.3 of the Administrative Code of the Republic of Belarus).

Tomorrow, on February 11, 2010, a court hearing is scheduled on the case of Yauheni Yakavenka who is conscientiously objecting to military service and insists on application of alternative civilian service, which goes along with provisions of Art. 57 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus.

Yauheni Yakavenka – a 25 y.o. Gomel resident, an activist of the Belarusian Christian Democrats party – on February 2, 2010 submitted his third application for implementation of alternative civilian service to the city military recruitment office. He also demanded that all notifications for the military be communicated to him in Belarusian language.

Trial upon the criminal case on Ivan Mikhailau is going to continue on February 1, 2010

 Today, on January 29, 2010, a court hearing of the case on Ivan Mikhailau - a parishioner of Messianic Jews community “New Testament” and the oldest son in a family with many children.

Ivan Mikhailau refuses military service upon his religious beliefs and demands assignment of civil (alternative) service to him, which goes along with provisions of Art. 57 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus.

Mikhailau’s claim was not heard either by the Ministry of Defense, Administration of the President or numerous other instances that Mikhailau’s family appealed to. A criminal case was brought up against Ivan for “evading draft to the military service” upon the provisions of the Belarusian Criminal Code’s Art. 435.1. Maximum punishment presupposed by this article is up to 2 years of imprisonment.

In Belarus start to be created surprising things!

The executive committee of Soligorsk has accepted an illegal decision on exception from Soligorsk’s school one of leaders of "Young Front" Ivan Shila for "active public work". And, the administration of school opposed such decision.

Headmistress Olga Senkova as a token of the protest has left school, and the assistant on educational work Elena Semchenkova have dismissed for "bad work", then other teachers unanimously voted for Ivan Shila's exception. It is necessary to add, that there was it before last examination on English language, which young man should hand over today. To not admit the youth activist to examination, at school have exposed protection from policemen.