Analytics and Interview

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

An emerging trend in Georgia - shrinking the scope of rights and freedoms guaranteed under the national legislation

Liberal legislation guaranteeing fundamental rights and freedoms has been one of the most important achievements of Georgia throughout its transition to democracy. However, what remained problematic was implementation of those laws in practice.
Impunity for violating human rights and freedoms was a long-established practice in Georgia.1 Human Rights Defenders have documented dozens of such cases in recent years and continuously called upon the relevant authorities to eliminate these trends, undermining the very foundations of society.
What followed, however, are not the actions to address the systemic problems, but amending the laws and shrinking the scope of rights and freedoms guaranteed by the national legal system. Legalizing what once was considered as a severe violation of human rights, has become a new trend threatening human rights and democracy in Georgia.

July 2009

The Georgian-Russian Civil Dialogue is opened for joining civil and human rights organizations!

The initiative of Georgian, Russian and international NGOs to forge relationship between civil societies of Georgia and Russia invites anyone interested to join.

The initiative has appeared after the last conflict in August, 2008, and since then there have taken place a lot of meetings and discussions, both in Georgia and Russia, and internationally.

Revenue Service Does Not Allow Armenian Press into Georgia

It has become the practice when the officers of the Customs Department of the Revenue Service do not allow the Armenian language printed products into Georgia. According to verbal explanations issued by the customs officers such restrictions are imposed by Georgian legislation.

International Monitoring Group REPORT on mission in Georgia.

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Declaration on establishment of Russian-Georgian Civil Dialog

Declaration on Building Georgian-Russian Civil Dialog

As a result of political crisis between Russian Federation and Georgia which has developed into military confrontation, the relationships between the two nations have sustained serious losses. The military confrontation and increase of political tension between Russian and Georgia  can be a cause for destabilization in the Caucasus region as a whole.

Today we talk not only about rupture of diplomatic relations between our two states, but about possible breaking off of any communication between people divided by unconscientious propaganda and anguish caused by losses in the conflict.  


This morning in the village of Nahrem, in Azerbaijan's Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, a confrontation occurred between village residents and police. During the confrontation, three journalists; Radio Liberty correspondents Malahet Nasibova and Ilgar Nasibov, and Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety correspondent Elman Abbasov; were beat. The journalists were there carrying out their professional duties, reporting on the altercation. Elman Abbasov reported this to IRFS.

Statement of Moscow Helsinki Group on War Conflict in South Ossetia and Georgia

Russia and Georgia military involvement for quite short period of time had led to multiple victims among population and disastrous destructions on the territory of South Ossetia and Georgia. In these war crimes the guilt is owned to both sides – Georgia that had started military actions on South Ossetia territory, and Russia that had used such circumstances to invade Georgian territory. Both sides also guilty in nonselective use of fire, in use of heavy-weight ground arms and aviation in places of civilian population location, in that thousands inhabitants of South Ossetia and Georgia had become refugees. Neither one, nor the other side made no effective attempts for protection of local people living in the war conflict zone, supplied no safe evacuation from this territory. Consequently, both Russia and Georgia had lost the moral right to peacemaking in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It is international interference that needed for the conflict to be resolved.

Georgian Villages in South Ossetia Burnt, Looted

Human Rights Watch researchers in South Ossetia on August 12, 2008, saw ethnic Georgian villages still burning from fires set by South Ossetian militias, witnessed looting by the militias, and learned firsthand of the plight of ethnic Ossetian villagers who had fled Georgian soldiers during the Georgian-Russian conflict over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

“Multinational Georgia” presents the results of the pre-election monitoring

On May 16 the results of the survey carried out by the civil movement “Multinational Georgia” to reveal the state of pre-election awareness of the population of the two regions densely populated by ethnic Armenians and Azerbaijanis were published.

New Initiative of “Multinational Georgia” on monitoring voting

The NGO “Multinational Georgia” is going to submit a letter to the Central Election Commission to support the registration of election observers for Georgian accredited embassies abroad.

By preliminary information, the observers from “Multinational Georgia” will attend more than six Georgian embassies, in particular in the Russian Federation (Moscow), Republic of Armenia (Yerevan), the Azerbaijani Republic (Baku), State of Israel (Tel Aviv), Latvia (Riga), Republic of Ukraine (Kiev), Republic of Uzbekistan (Tashkent), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (London), to monitor the conduct of Parliamentary elections.