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

Volunteers of Human Rights in Russia, Ukraine and Germany

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On April 1 the International Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) started a new international project "Volunteers of Human Rights", which is intended for young Human Rights defenders and civil activists from Russia, Ukraine and Germany.
The project is aimed at creating informational and resource space for developing international youth solidarity and supporting networks using the tools of volunteer internships and study-visits.

Program team are going to set-up an international network of Human Rights and civil NGOs that are ready to send or to host volunteers on Human Rights issue, to conduct a series of enlightenment events on situation with Human Rights and civil freedoms in Europe, to arrange several exchanges and study-visits, etc. The themes that are supposed to deal with in this project are Human Rights and Human Dignity, defense of civil society in Newly Independent States (NIS), freedom of assembly and freedom of association, antiracism and tolerance, independent students' initiatives, etc.

This project is based on the idea that people (individuals, teams and groups) are really capable of changing reality in certain spots of the world, if they adhere to the same principles, have necessary skills and social links.
The "Volunteers of Human Rights" project is the part of the International Program "Action for Change" (, which is carried out by the YHRM, the "Young Europe" international network and the Free University.

The project is supported by the German Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (

Irina Aksenova
International Service of the YHRM