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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

Young people from Northern Caucasus study to solve public problems

From 10 to 15 of May in Kislovodsk (Russia) "Introductory Seminar on Human Rights” for young people from Chechnya and Ingushetia took place. The seminar was organized by the Committee "Civil Assistance" in the framework of the program for education in the sphere of Human Rights for the North Caucasus, which is implemented with support of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. The seminar was attended by 50 students and young members of public organizations. The seminar was conducted by experienced trainers: President of International Youth Human Rights Movement Andrey Yurov and chairperson of the Human Rights commission "Memorial" in the Komi Republic, YHRM Honorary Participant Igor Sazhin.

In Udmurtia neo-Nazis tried to set fire to an apartment of Izhevsk antifascist

May 23 after 2 am Udmurt followers of Nazi ideology tried to set apartment door on fire, which is home to a famous anti-fascist activist Oleg Serebrennikov.

As activist told, neo-Nazis have made 11 shots from airguns in the balcony glass of his apartment, then they threw to the balcony burning old matter and paper. Fire damaged the things lying on the balcony, and caused severe smoke in the apartment. Fearing for his life and the lives of his relatives, Oleg Serebrennikov called firefighters.

In addition, the entrance walls were spray-painted by Nazi symbols and various threats to life and health of civil society activist. Oleg Serebrennikov filed a statement to the police with a request to find people committed arson and made threatening graffiti in entrance, and initiate a criminal case against them. He also turned to the Kama Human Rights Center to protect his interests.

European values are growing on the Voronezh ground

On 20 and 21 of May in Voronezh a two-day seminar “The practice of interaction between government and non-government Human Rights institutions in the sphere of promotion of Human Rights European standards at the national level” was held." The seminar was organized by Youth Human Rights Movement and Interregional Human Rights Group supported by the Directorate General of Human Rights of Council of Europe and the Public Reception of the Ombudsman on Human Rights in Russia (in the Voronezh region).

International seminar "Racism, xenophobia, discrimination. How we have seen them ... ".

On 27-28 of May in Moscow on base of the Center of History and Cultural Anthropology of the African Institute in the Russian Academy of Science took place the International seminar "Racism, xenophobia, discrimination. How we have seen them ... ".

During two days participants of the event were invited to consider the different sides of the same social problem named "racism, xenophobia and discrimination". The main blocks of the seminar were the following: "Racism, xenophobia, discrimination: new approaches", "Transformation of racism and xenophobia in contemporary Russia", "Role of the State in the manufacture of discrimination", "Racism, xenophobia, discrimination: the way we have seen them ...".

Human rights activists Tamara Karasteleva needs help

Our colleague, human rights activist Tamara Karasteleva, needs help. Tamara was one of the leaders of Novorossiysk Committee for Human Rights (NCHR). At the moment, Tamara Karasteleva is in Tbilisi, Georgia, with acute leukemia. She is under chemotherapy and can barely talk. The Karastelevs need money to transport her to Moscow as soon as the doctors allow it. Moreover, she needs means to cover care. Patients aren’t provided with food in the Tbilisi hospital, they have to prepare food, as well as to buy special medicines. We do not have information on how long she has to be there.

Young people from Vladimir joined the international movement for Tibet

On March 27-28th the Cinema club "Polytechnic", Youth Human Rights Group "System of Coordinates" with the support of the YHRM Initiative Group “Human Rights in Tibet” conducted a series of public events on the human rights situation in Tibet. The purpose of the meetings was to give information about the position of Tibetan people under the actual genocide and to conduct joint actions in support of them.

On March 27th a documentary “Tibet: Cry of the snow lion”, which tells about the actual state of the Tibetan-Chinese relations, the philosophy of nonviolence, and gives a look at the problem from the inside, was demonstrated.

Voronezh House of Human Rights is to be put up for sale

One of the biggest regional Human Rights centres in Russia may become “homeless” in some months to come.

Voronezh House of Human Rights – a union of regional and inter-regional human rights and civil organizations – was founded at the beginning of 2009 to strengthen the positions of the human rights organizations in the region, building dialogue with the authorities, joining the efforts in defending and promoting Human Rights.

Human rights defenders - on liberalization of NGO legislation

This document was initiated by the Human Rights Watch, the Moscow Helsinki Group, the Inter-regional Human Rights Association "Agora", the Youth Human Rights Movement and the Human Rights Resource Centre. The proposals of human rights defenders directed to the Ministry of Justice are the results of discussion at the "round table" which took
place on April 8th in the Independent Press Centre. The initiatives to change the NGO legislation concern establishment and registration, reporting and inspections of the Russian non-governmental organizations.

At the "round table" human rights activists spoke about recognition of the Fundamental principles of the status of non-governmental organizations in Europe by Russia and about spreading the immunity from superfluous state control on NGOs by analogy to the protection of small and medium-size business.

Green Alternative (GROZA) statement: "About the murder of Stas Markelov and Nastya Baburova "

We are shocked. When honest people, who are fighting for the truth and justice, are killed 100 meters away from the Kremlin in the very center of Moscow - this is eternal disgrace.

Stas Markelov was a well-known human rights defender and antifascist. As a lawyer he protected the rights of eco-defenders, antifascists, Chechen regufees, victims of police tortures and many others whom our state failed to provide with defence or vice versa, violated their rights.

Nastya Baburova, the journalist of "Novaya Gazeta", was also the activist of many street actions against illegal housing development.

We condole with the families of the murdered activists.

We insist on the immediate detailed and transparent investigation of this crime. It is obvious that this murder has political character.

We call on everybody to appeal to the Investigation Committee of the Public Prosecutor's office with the same demands.

Meeting "I'm free!" took place in Novopushkinsky public garden

The 16th of December is one year's anniversary of Natalia Morar's, the special correspondent of "The New Times" magazine, being forbidden to enter the territory of Russia. The action devoted to this event was organized.

Participants of the meeting attracted attention not only to Natalia Morar, but also to the general level of freedom in modern Russia, to censorship, civil rights, to the facts that official mass media keep silent of and independent journalists try to speak of.

The slogans of the action were:


It was a civil meeting, held without banners of organizations.

The action's website