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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

Russian Anti-nuclear Action Camp 2008

Anti-nuclear Action Camp 2008 will be held from 11 to 21 of August. It will take place near the city of Nizhniy Novgorod (400 km east from Moscow).

The main topic of the camp is the plan of Russian government to build 36 new nuclear reactors. One of them is going to be build near the city of Nizhniy Novgorod. Another topic would be nuclear waste imports to Russia from Europe. Different workshops, seminars and public protest actions will be organized during the camp.

The camp is organized by Anti-Nuclear Movement of Nizhniy Novgorod, "Ecodefense!", Youth Human Rights Movement and GROZA (Green Alternative).

10 years on guard of Human Rights

On May 22, 1998 the first ombudsman of the Russian Federation was designated. In 10 years this institute became one of the most important institutes in the sphere of providing guarantees of state protection of Human Rights in this country.

The law on the Federal Ombudsman was passed on February 26, 1997. But for some time there was no candidate suitable for all the parties involved. The State Duma designated the first ombudsman O. Mironov only on May 22, 1998. Now V. Lukin took up this post.

The Ombudsman and the staff of his Office communicate with citizens, take part in legal process, visit prisons. Every year the Ombudsman prepares the report on the situation with Human Rights and presents it to the parliament. Now there are also regional ombudsmen in nearly half of all the Russian regions, as well as ombudsmen for specific problems, e.g. ombudsman in children’s rights.

Support the alternative NGO report on the situation of racial discrimination in Russia

The Russian anti-Discrimination initiative (RaDi) published an alternative report entitled “On the realization of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in the Russian Federation”.

They can when they want: a meeting against police arbitrariness was held without abuse on May 15 in Moscow

On May 15 at 7 pm in the Novopushkinsky Square a meeting against police arbitrariness was organised. According to different estimates about 400 to 500 people assembled, mainly anarchists, antifascists, human rights activists as well as representatives of opposition parties and movements. The meeting became logical continuation of the “Week against police arbitrariness” on which we reported recently.

The participants held in their hands posters with inscriptions like “Down with this police state!”, “No lawlessness!” or “Are you on the extremists’ list?”. The activists made speeches from a small truck in the middle of the square.

Join the awareness-raising action “Europe as a fact or Europe as a choice?”

The “Young Europe” international network, the international Youth Human Rights Movement and the Free University with support from the World Youth Movement for Democracy invite you to join the awareness-raising action “Europe as a fact or Europe as a choice” (May 17 – 32, 2008) for European youth.

Why is it important?

Sentence to Andrey Kim: Contradicts the Law and the Common Sense

Belarusian young activist Andrey Kim was sentenced to 1,5 years of jail by the court on a charge of participation in an unauthorized protest action (on January 10) and assault of the official of the State Auto Inspection (January 21).
On April 18 the independent observer Elena Tonkacheva after studying the materials of the case stated that there were no convincing evidences of his guilt.

Movement against police lawlessness

Police put pressure on participants of the action against police lawlessness on April 11 in Moscow, Russia. The reason of taking this action was the beating of a group of young people in the police department "Sokolniki" in the evening of April 4. The action was organized by the victims and their friends. The main slogan was: "Stop the police lawlessness". The action opened the week of actions against police lawlessness in different cities of Russia.

The main aim of the picket was to attract public attention to the problem of respect of human rights, police torture and inactivity of doctors in the face of victims of police attacks.

On April 18 about 250 persons marched from the Pushkin Square to the metro station "Belorusskaya", a week after beating the participants of the picket against police lawlessness by the police.

Russian Civil Society Problems Raised during the EU-Russia Human Rights Consultations

On April 17 the European Union and the Russian Federation held the seventh round of human rights consultations in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Such consultations took place for the first time in March 2005.

At the consultations the EU raised a number of concerns related to specific human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Russian Federation. Issues covered freedom of media, expression and assembly, especially in the light of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections, functioning of the civil society, the rights of persons belonging to minorities and combating racism and xenophobia and the rights of children. The issue of human rights in the Northern Caucasus was also discussed.

The member of the YHRM Coordination Council Dmitry Makarov, who took part in the consultations, made an intervention on the freedom of assembly in Russia.

The Human Rights Education Youth Network meeting in Budapest

The meeting of the participants, partners and friends of the Human Rights Education Youth Network (HREYN) took place from March 31 to April 6 in the European Youth Centre (Budapest). It was devoted to awareness-raising campaign named "The equality is needed".

Liquidation of an NGO on the formal grounds is not allowed

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has adopted the cassation decision on the judgement of the Samara regional court about the refusal to liquidate the public association "In defense of the electors' rights "Golos". In this case both the Supreme Court and the Samara regional court supported the human rights defenders in their opposition to the Federal Registration Service (FRS).

"The Court board agrees with the court's conclusion, which takes into consideration the significance of the defendant's violations, adequacy and proportionality of the extent of the state reaction, because the liquidation of the public association is not allowed only on the formal grounds of violations of the federal law, the liability for infringement must be used in compliance with the general legal principles of the legal liability and be proportional to violations and their consequences" C reads the cassation decision.