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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

All-Russian actions of motorists

On the 21st of December All-Russian action of motorist against increase of gasoline price, rise in housing and communal services tariffs', as well as customs duty, took place. In a number of cities, for example, Vladivostok, actions were cruelly pressed by police and special police squad. In other cities, for example, Belgorod, protesting people were beforehand intimidated to prevent their participation in actions.

Actions took place in the cities of Vladivostok, Astrakhan, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Saint-Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Khabarovsk, Voronezh, Irkutsk, Tyumen, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Belgorod, Barnaul, Blagoveshchensk.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 1948-2008

"On this Human Rights Day, it is my hope that we will all act on our collective responsibility to uphold the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration. We can only honour the towering vision of that inspiring document when its principles are fully applied everywhere, for everyone."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On Human Rights Day, 10 December, 2007 the Secretary-General launched a year-long campaign during which all parts of the United Nations family took part in the lead up to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on Human Rights Day 2008.
With more than 360 language versions to help them, UN organizations around the globe used the year to focus on helping people everywhere to learn about their human rights. The UDHR was the first international recognition that all human beings have fundamental rights and freedoms and it continues to be a living and relevant document today.

Project presentation "Anti-corruption WebRoom"

On the 9th December, 2008 in the "ROSBALT" press-centre a presentation of the joint project of Transparency International – Russia and Youth Human Rights Movement "Anti-corruption WebRoom" (ASK), which is aimed at reducing the level of everyday corruption, took place.

Project was presented by Elena Panfilova, the director of Transparency International – Russia, and Ivan Ninenko, the "Anti-corruption WebRoom" project manager, participant of the YHRM, member of the "Legal Team".

Ivan Ninenko: "We were building and building, and finally we have built it. Today we officially launch the ASK portal. There's a lot more to be built, but we are going to continue this process together with you".

Raid on an independent research centre Memorial should be investigated

Amnesty International is calling for a full investigation into the legality of a raid by law enforcement officers at the office of an independent research and information centre in St Petersburg, amid concerns that serious violations of Russian law were committed during the process.

Amnesty International considers this raid with its violations to be a further indication of the climate of harassment faced by civil society and human rights defenders in Russia. As the organization pointed out in its report Russian Federation: Freedom Limited – the right to freedom of expression in the Russian Federation, EUR 46/008/2008, published on 26 February 2008, there appear to be more and more limitations on the right to freedom of expression, as well as the rights to freedom of assembly and association in the Russian Federation. The space for dissenting views, independent media and independent organizations to operate is shrinking.

What Civil Society Russia Is Building

A popular wisdom says if a force could not be fought, it should be led. There is an impression that this is the way Russia chose to shape a civil society.

So, the general course of the Third NGO Congress organized by the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe on December 4-7, 2008 in Penza, the Russian Federation, served as yet another illustration for the Russian government concept of "guided" or "imitating" democracy. The first two congresses were held in Warsaw and Kyiv (2007).

"Memorial" issues statement over the seizure of its office in St Petersburg

On 4 December, following a decision passed by the City Prosecutor, a search was undertaken of the research and information centre "Memorial" in St. Petersburg, the organization researching the history of the Stalinist Terror . The search was carried out under the pretext of an investigation into the case of what the Prosecutor asserts was an "extremist" publication a year and a half ago in a newspaper called "New Petersburg".

People in masks, armed with police batons, occupied the premises of the Centre and removed the hard disks from all the computers. These hold the results of twenty years historical research, as well as material of one of the staff of the Centre and art historian Alexander Margolis, well-known also for speaking out in defence of the historical face of the city.

March against hatred: racism in Russia

This Sunday people in St Petersburg will take to the streets for the fifth consecutive year running to demonstrate against racism in Russia. Members of Amnesty International from all over the world are sending messages of solidarity to the organisers of the "March Against Hatred".

The march was first organised after the murder of 64-year-old Nikolai Girenko, an ethnology professor who often testified as an expert witness on racism and discrimination in trials for racially motivated attacks.

Before his murder neo-Nazi groups had passed a "death sentence" on Girenko and posted it on the internet. On 19 June 2004 Girenko was at home. When the doorbell rang he went to answer it. He was killed by shots fired through his front door as he approached.


This collection of materials has been produced in August-September 2008 by a coalition of Russian NGOs for submission to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the course of preparation of Universal Periodic Review of implementation of international obligations by the Russian Federation in the UN Human Rights Council. The materials have been prepared in accordance with the Office of the HCHR guidelines and include recommendations and references to more detailed reports and publications.

“Multinational Georgia” expresses its deep concern about the latest developments undertaken in the region of South Ossetia

We believe that today, as never before citizens – representatives of the different ethnic groups need to be united and consolidated. Public Movement “Multinational Georgia” welcomes good will of the Georgian government, namely the moratorium on the cease fire and the provision of the humanitarian corridor through village Ergneti, which we believe is a step forward towards the resolution of the situation in the region and establishment of peace.

Today Georgian citizens, residents of the conflict zone, government and all political forces manage to transform interethnic confrontation into the confrontation between political crime and injustice on one side and democratic civilized forces on the other.

Criticism = extremism

Speech critical of the government, considered undesirable by the authorities, or which might incite “conflict,” has increasingly fallen prey to Russia’s vague anti-extremism law.