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

APPEAL of the International Monitoring Group to the governments of Council of Europe and European Union member states, intergovernmental institutions, international humanitarian and civil organizations regarding the situation with presence of internationa

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of the International Monitoring Group

to the governments of Council of Europe and European Union member states, intergovernmental institutions, international humanitarian and civil organizations

regarding the situation with presence of international observers in South Ossetia

Based on data from independent research visit to Georgia, analysis of materials of European and Russian media, and information from Russian and international Human Rights NGOs about the situation with refugees from South Ossetia and their evidence about victims and destruction during this armed conflict, we can state the fact of serious disbalance in the media coverage of this conflict, lack of sufficient, full and authentic information in main public sources.  As in Tbilisi there are many international observers and diplomats, and in conflict zone from the Georgian side there is at least partial access to the monitoring of victims rights, the situation in South Ossetia is reflected only by the activity of Human Rights Watch. Such approach leaves the space for manipulations, which result in isolation of victims, preventing them from getting help and support, increase of intolerance among citizens of different countries, making imbalanced political decisions. 

We appeal to the representatives of international institutions and humanitarian organizations to activate the presence of humanitarian missions and representatives in South Ossetia, regardless of the interpretations on the political status of this territory, to contribute to the following:    

1)  acquisition and dissemination of the objective  information about the situation with refugees and temporary displaced persons by virtue of personal attendance of representatives of the international humanitarian missions;   

2) rendering help and support to  the victims;   

3) assisting the establishment of peace, safety and legal order on these territories and providing conditions for political dialog.  

Aleksandra Delemenchuk, International Council for Peace and Disarmament, Ukraine

 Michele Curto, president of FLARE (Freedom, Legality and Rights in Europe), Italy 

Elena Tonkacheva, Board Chairperson of Foundation for Legal Technologies Development, Belarus  Andrey Yurov, honorary president of international YHRM (Youth Human Rights Movement), expert of Moscow Helsinki Group 


The 1st of September 2008