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

General information

 International Youth Human Rights Movement – is a community of people from different countries (at present – more than 30 states), young (by passport or by soul), for whom Human Rights and individual dignity are crucial values. We are united in a Network to support each other in defending and promoting these values, to share ideas, to arrange joint actions and to form new generation of civil activists. It’s a free-will community, in which different people, attitudes and methods are appreciated; only violence, aggression and discrimination are unacceptable.  

How YHRM is organized

The strategic management is realized by the Coordinative Council (electoral body, which consists of people from different cities and countries), the executive management is realized by The Administrative Center. There are thematic subdivisions (sections), e.g. Peacemaking Section, Eco-section, Anti-fa, Section of International Solidarity, etc; methodological subdivisions (teams)- Education Team, Team of Researches and Monitoring, Team of Public Relational and Civil Journalism, etc; administrative services (informational, financial, international, publishing, etc); regional mini-networks (YHRM-Caucasus, YHRM-Moscow, YHRM- Volga region, etc). All these structures are founded, supported and advanced by participants and correspondents of Network. For better network communication and support to its participants there were also formed some structures, which main objective is to provide informational and resource support to Network participants.


Administrative Centre

- organizational and technical provision of Network events and campaigns, consultative support to Network participants;

- realization of organizational and technical preparation of events, which happen within Network (seminars, contests, actions, etc);

- coordination of work within informational and other Network campaigns, organization of publishing and distribution of informational materials;

- organization of direct-mail of youth newspaper “Youth Human Rights Movement” and “Right and Dignity” within Network participants and friendly organizations;

- conduct a database of youth human rights organizations, groups and individual activists, compiling and regular renovation of YHRM-participants’ list;

- consultative and organizational support for Network participants.




The Informational Centre of YHRM

- realization of press-service functions for participants of YHRM through the collection and distribution of information about activity of particular YHRM groups and activists and movement in general, in central mass media, human rights editions of Russian, foreign and international NGOs; distribution of YHRM declarations concerning the most important questions about Movement activity and concerning violations of human rights in Russia and abroad;

- provision of informational support for programs and projects of Network participants and partners;

- coordination of informational exchange within the Network, issue of Network newsflash (regular issues twice a month and mini-issues about relevant events);

- collection and distribution of resource information (about different seminars, trainings, conferences, programs, study-exchanges, fund-raising possibilities, partners’ projects, etc) among Network correspondents. 




YHRM web-site: 

YHRM web-site was created in 2001 by means of NED (within the framework of Project “Development of YHRM in Europe part of Russia”). At present work for improving of structure and setting the site, creating English version goes. Also YHRM web-group creates particular web-sites devoted to campaigns, web-pages of YHRM organizations-participants and other Internet-Projects.

Web-group YHRM: 


How YHRM works

Our main methods are realization of public actions and campaigns, researches, seminars, trainings in Human Rights and similar spheres, contests of creative works and social projects, issue of informational materials and publications and many other things. For detail please visit: Our work.