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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

Civic Society Summit in Washington – Searching the Ways of Cooperation between Russian and American Organizations

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On 23-24 June, 2010 in Washington, simultaneously with the second Presidential Summit of Obama and Medvedev, American and Russian civic organizations held a meeting, called Civic Society Summit. It was dedicated to the discussion of joint efforts of NGOs from both sides to develop Russian-American cooperation and to consider new possibilities for interaction of civic representatives from both countries.
Over 40 representatives from the 3rd sector of US and Russia took part in the work of 10 sections of the summit. Moderators of the group discussion on human rights protection were Yuri Gibladze, President of the Human Rights and Democracy Development Center and Dmitri Makarov, YHRM Coordination Council Member. The group has suggested 6 priority areas in the civic society cooperation for human rights protection: penitentiary system, police reform, court system reform, prevention of hate crimes, migration, counter-terrorism security. Some theme-lines were also brought for both countries to collaborate on.
Further format and conditions of American-Russian civic society dialogue were also suggested to be defined. “It is supposed to be a continuous process in all varied shapes, not necessarily tied to the official high-level meetings. The objective is to influence mutually the agenda of those meetings and the actions of our governments concerning important issues for us,” comments Dmitri Makarov. “Moreover, the aim of the civic dialogue is not only lobbing and joint projects drafting, but also the development of the general civic agenda as far as possible, and building up strategic partnership for civic organizations of our countries’.
A lot of the summit participants supported the proposition to build a permanent Coordinating Organ that would direct the process of the civic dialogue and promote the involving of more and more different organizations from both countries. The second day of the summit was devoted to the presentations of the achieved agreements across sections and innovations technologies serving the civic society. US State Secretary Hillary Clinton held a speech in front of the summit participants. Among the active members of the summit there was also Ivan Ninenko, YHRM member and Vice-President of Transparency International-Russia, who moderated the work group on corruption counteraction. The Washington visit gave YHRM the opportunity to meet different youth and civic groups and to discuss the opportunities to promote itself in North America.