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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

Civil actions against racism and xenophobia in Kharkov

On the 27th of June 2008 the regional conference «Civil actions against racism and xenophobia» took place in Kharkov.

The Conference's organizers were the Kharkov charity foundation «Social service for help», Youth Human Rights Movement Ukraine, Youth Human Rights Group-Kharkov and Civil Freedoms Centre (Kiev).

" What is being celebrated, Serzh?" - The action in memory of the victims in Armenia

On the 9th of April the action in memory of the victims of the broken up demonstrations on the 1-2 of March took place in Kiev near the Armenian Embassy.
The 9th of April is the date of the 40 days since the tradegy has happened, and it is also the President inauguration in Armenia.

Picket was organized by the representatives of the World Youth Movement for Democracy and was supported by the Armenian
human rihgts defenders and members of the Youth Human Rights Movement - Ukraine.

The participants didn't make any political demands. They held only white linen with black ribbones, pinks and candels. «We have nothing to say, everything was said. We don't understand what can be celebrated today», - says Anastasia Nikitina, the member of the WYMD work committee and the YHRM participant. Young people laid wreathes.

World Youth Movement for Democracy meets in Kyiv

On April 8, the functional workshop of the World Youth Movement for Democracy (WYMD) was organized in Kyiv in the framework of the Fifth Assembly of the WMD, of which it is a youth wing.

The workshop, moderated by Anastasia Nikitina, head of the WYMD regional secretariat for Central and Eastern Europe and the NIS countries, brought together about 30 participants representing youth democracy groups and the organizations working with youth from all the parts of the world.

Fifth Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy held in Kyiv, Ukraine

On April 6-9, 2008, over 500 democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars from 104 countries gathered in Kyiv, Ukraine, for the Fifth Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) under the theme "Making Democracy Work: From Principles to Performance".

The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of democrats, including activists, practitioners, academics, policy makers, and funders, who have come together to cooperate in the promotion of democracy all over the world.
The Assembly participants were addressed by the Ukraine's First Lady, Katerina Yushchenko and the President Viktor Yushchenko himself. The keynote speakers included such prominent figures as Alejandro Toledo, former President of Peru; Maina Kiai, chairman of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights; and Myroslava Gongadze, founder of the Gongadze Foundation, named for her husband, a journalist who was murdered in 2000 in Ukraine.

The Fifth International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

The Fifth International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival took place in Kyiv on March 28 C April 4.
Documentaries by the directors from Germany, France, Japan, Brazil, India, Russia and other countries devoted to the problem of Human Rights were screened at the festival. Human Rights and Creative Juries evaluated them from two different points of view.

A viewer could watch program films, as well as take part in thematic round-tables, seminars, discussions, etc.
"It was not primarily a film festival, but a human rights festival. During 8 days there was a platform for various discussions on the issues of Human Rights. This opportunity made the festival very interesting", - Andrey Yurov, the Honorary President of the YHRM, comments.

The Second Regional NGO Congress took place in Kyiv 26-27 November

The Congress became a continuation of the pilot project offered by the Conference of International NGOs of the Council of Europe after the Third summit of heads of state Council of Europe member countries (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005). The First Regional NGO Congress took place a year ago – in March 2006, Warsaw.

Ukraine – without borders!

In August 2007 the international camp “No Borders” «??? ??????» «??? ??????i?» took place near the Uzhgorod (Ukraine) in the framework of the European “All Different – All Equal” campaign with the participation of YHRM.

The Ukrainian network “No borders” acted as the main organizer of the camp.

More than 200 persons from Western and Eastern Europe (Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, etc.) discussed the current European policy in the sphere of migration and the situation with the freedom of movement, as well as the opportunities of different actions (protest, charitable, social, legal, awareness-raising, etc.) for changing the present situation and for integrating migrants and refugees.