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

New Year congratulations

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Dear friends! Respected colleagues!

The year of 2008 was rich in different events, both joyful and grievous. This year revealed new challenges to Human Rights and for the umpteenth time proved that the mission is "arduously possible" ) But we don't lose hope and believe that changes to the good are not only possible, moreover they are within our control!

For the YHRM network this year was also peculiar because it became the year of the 10th anniversary, the year of resuming and rethinking everything cumulated and experienced during the past decade.

We are glad that we are, as before, together with you: communicating, exchanging thoughts and ideas, planning, dreaming and creating!

We, as a community of totally different people with different views and positions, are the treasure that we own and with which we meet the coming year of 2009!

This year our number increased for more than 179 individual correspondents from different countries of the world: Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia,
Lithuania, Moldova, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine. Our Network became stronger for 11 individual participants. This year this status was granted to:

Aleksandra Khlebostroeva (Voronezh-Lviv, Russia-Ukraine);
Anastasia Platonova (Volgograd, Russia);
Dmitry Gomenyuk (Minsk, Belarus);
Elizaveta Elfimova (Minsk, Belarus);
Maxim Ivantsov (Saint-Petersburg, Russia);
Nazary Boyarsky (Kyiv, Ukraine);
Olga Morkova (Kharkiv, Ukraine);
Tatevik Gukasyan (Moscow, Russia);
Tatyana Serpukhova (Moscow-Voronezh, Russia);
Yana Lesnaya (Kharkiv, Ukraine);
Yaroslav Kichuk (Odessa, Ukraine).

We congratulate you on the New Year and wish that next year our relations would become tighter and warmer!

We wish to all the YHRM Network correspondents and participants, as well as to all our friends, a successful and fruitful New Year!

In order to draw a line under the outgoing year we invite all of you to share with us your achievements and results of your work: photographs of actions and seminars, images and ideas born during this year. We will cheerfully include them into our common-network materials (reference books, chronicles of actions, newspapers, etc.).

Happy New Year once again!