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

Sign an appeal against so called "ban on homosexualism proganda"

On October 2, Ukrainian parliament passed through the 1st reading the Bill #8711 on so called "ban on homosexualism proganda".
In the frames of Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine, we prepared a text of appeal to the members of the Ukrainian Parliament
(under the reference in English and Russian).

Two human rights workshops took place in Kyiv

Two seminars took place in Kyiv on the weekend, 15 and 16 October 2011. On Saturday, 13 young activists learned about human rights and human rights advocacy, and on Sunday, a slightly different group of 16 activists learned about the human integrity and education. Since there were two seminars, their programs and goals were different.

«Are they asking? Give them!» Ukraine: Refugee is imprisoned again because he is a refugee

On 2 March 2011 in the premises of the Kyiv City Migration Service (KMS), right after receiving a rejection in refugee status from that authority, a refugee Denis Solopov was detained by police. Migration Service where refugees are supposed to come and ask for protection turned out to be a trap, where they are caught on demand of their persecutors.  

International Human Rights Network “Flare” will examine circumstances of road construction in Forest-Park

Michele Curto, President of the International Human Rights Network “Flare”, visited Kharkov to examine the felling of trees and the construction of a road through the largest urban park in the Ukraine. Michele Curto was informed about this situation by representatives of “Flare” in Kiev and regional representatives of YHRM in the Ukraine. The “Flare” Network (48 organizations in 24 countries) is engaged in the combat of organized crime, corruption and support for the development of civil society. Curto arrived in Kharkov to examine the situation personally and to support activists.
“Flare” showed interest in the conflict between authorities and Kharkov dwellers for the simple reason that officials connect the construction of the road through the forest-park to the preparations for Euro-2012, meanwhile, it is well-known, that large sports events are often only excuses for money laundering.
But all attempts of the “Flare” President to clarify the situation failed.

Open Letter to His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia Kirill from community of HIV-positive people of Ukraine

Open Letter to His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia Kirill, the Blessed Metropolitan Vladimir, and to the Ukrainian and international community.

Your Holiness,

Stop Kharkov Deforestation!

Kharkov municipal authorities proceed with the scandal deforestation of our city. Under different pretexts, they ceded vast areas in Kharkov Forest called Lesopark, Gorky park, Artem park and the whole area of Zustrich park to business corporations and individuals. Moreover, this squandering process is constantly gathering pace. The latest decisions of the city authorities have passed all bounds of political cynicism:

A Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) consultation meeting took place in Kiev

A Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) consultation meeting took place in Kiev on 2 May. The informal meeting was well attended, which illustrates a strong interest in common activities against racism in football among Ukrainian FARE partners. It is also a testimony to the networking work in Ukraine conducted by the 'NEVER AGAIN' Association in frames of the FARE East European Development Project.

Docudays UA 2010: The 7th nomination of the best documentaries on human rights in Ukraine

From March 26 till April 2 there had been the 7th anniversary of the International festival of documentary on human rights “Docudays UA” in Ukraine. This year the audience could see the best 32 documentaries from Australia, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Israel, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Hungary and Ukraine.

The first festival “The Cinema Days on Human Rights” took place in 2003. The initiators were the Representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ukraine and Civil organization “The Center of Modern Information Technologies and Visual Arts” under the financial support of the International fund “Vozrozhdenie”. The members have proved that every single year the festival gains popularity, becomes more high-grade.

In Ukraine first student embassies for foreign students has appeared

At the beginning of March a project of Student Embassy was launched. The pioneers were three Ukranian higher schools: National Aviation University (Kyiv), National University ‘Lviv Polytechnic’ (Lviv), Gorbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University (Ternopil).

Student’s Self-Government Worldwide

Nowadays self-government is one of the forms of student’s participation in everyday life of the university and sometimes the society. At first sight it is all simple: student’s self-government is when students organize on their own, remove part of the duties from the administration of the high school and perform independently. But the complexity is that nobody has negotiated the exact duties of student's self-management.