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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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«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

International Youth Meeting in Georgia

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Youth meeting “Intercultural and Interreligious Diologue v.s. Hate-motivated Violence in Europe” took place on 21-26 April in Bakuriani, Georgia. This event was organized by “Union 21 century” – a non-governmental organization, which carries out socio-cultural projects and delivers monitoring of hate crimes in Georgia.

The major topics of the meeting were: the level of right-wing extremists’ violence in Europe, European and national legislation that addresses hate crimes, methods of counteracting that are available for the youth sector of civil society in Europe.

Representatives of Ministry of Justice of Georgia and Tolerance Centre of Ombudsman’s Office of Georgia delivered reports about the International tools Georgia employs to combat hate-motivated violence and about the rise of religious-motivated intolerance in Georgia.

Activists from Germany, Italy, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and other countries also held reports about the relevant situation in their home environment.

Anastasia Denisova, the member of Coordinating Council of International Youth Human Rights Movement contributed to the International Meeting on behalf of Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance (YNRI). Her presentation “Civil Society Activism: what is done and what needs to be done” was devoted to the analysis of the youth factor in right-wing extremism, especially in Russia, and youth actors against intolerance. In conclusion she highlighted such activities of YNRI, as Antifascist Archive of non-violent actions, program “Foreign Students’ Rights Defense” and specific actions like “Package for Mayor”, etc.

In September 2009 the follow-up event is going to be held in Georgia and be devoted to specific youth projects aimed at combating intolerance with joint efforts.

Anastasia Denisova,