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

Report: First OSCE Youth Forum

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The first OSCE Youth Forum was organized on November 5-6 in Madrid on the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain in the framework of the country's chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2007.
Anna Dobrovolskaya represented the international Youth Human Rights Movement at the Forum.

This Forum became the first youth event of the OSCE, and though the idea of such a meeting existed for long time, it was realized only now because of the fact that the organization has no youth department or unit.
The forum brought together 150 persons – youth civil and political activists, political science scholars from the member countries of the OSCE as well as the Partner states.

During the two days young people were given the opportunity to present their ideas and views relating to the OSCE work and its effectiveness in solving the existing problems.

The discussion focused in 6 directions: the role of youth in reducing the terrorism threats, in preventing and solving conflicts, in effective usage of resources, in solving environmental and security problems, as well as in promoting Human Rights and fundamental freedoms and strengthening mutual understanding between nations and cultures.

Almost unanimously the Forum’s participants admitted that the governments as well as the international organizations make not enough efforts to solve the problems and find the way out of the long-lasting confrontations and conflicts. And that is why more problems must be solved by the citizens themselves at the local level, through participation in civil initiatives
and advocacy.

The participants also recommended to make the organization of such forums a regular practice, but with more defined agenda and format.