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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


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Moscow is repeatedly obliged to approve the reform of the European Court of Human Rights

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The spring session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) opened in Strasbourg. Almost all issues considered by it concern Russia – either expressly or by implication. The most important of them is the reform of the European Court of Human Rights which is for three years in succession blocked by the Russian Federation alone. Having despaired to over persuade Moscow, the Council of Europe member states have found a solution how to do without it.

The current session of the PACE threatens to turn back for Russia in serious public image losses within the Council of Europe. A blow on the Russian positions can be struck, if the assembly approves the project of protocol 14 “bis” to the European Convention on human rights.

The project has been designed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe rather recently to unblock the reform of the European Court of human rights, that “went into a skid” in 2006 because the Russian State Duma refused to ratify protocol 14. This protocol, ratified by all the CE member states, is intended to simplify the procedure of the ECHR where Russia became the record breaker by the amount of legal actions last year. Vladimir Putin, while being president of the Russian Federation, supported the ratification of protocol 14 and urged the Duma to approve it without any delay. But till now the Russian parliament has shown unusual obstinacy and for some reason has not satisfied this request.