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

Young Russian civic leaders took the internship in Brussels

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In the early November 10 young Russian leaders, representing civic organiztions, came to Brussels with the support of Heinrich Boll Stiftung (Moscow and Brussels offices). Official purpose of the meeting was capacity building through acquaintance to the European institutions and policies towards Russia, as well as opportunities of Russian NGOs in Brussels on solving their problems.

7 of 10 program participants are the members of International Network – Youth Human Rights Movement involved also in civic organizations such as GROZA movement, OD-group from social faculty of the Moscow State University, Interregional Human Rights Group, Youth Network against racism and intolerance etc. So that, at the meetings with European deputies and EC officials participants raised difficult questions, e.g. about human rights and attitude of EC capital citizens towards profascist party NBP, new legislation on NGOs restricting freedom of associations, strategic partnership between Russia and EC and human rights agenda, decreasing authority of CoE and Euroepan Court for Human Rights etc.

Some reflection about this event can be found at European Citizens Action Service web-site

Anastasia Nikitina,