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

Crystal Night – Never Again!": in search of the alternatives and like-minded persons!

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We invite you to join the international week of the educational actions "Crystal Night – NEVER AGAIN!"
For some years, the week during November 9-16 is filled with the events connected with personal and social counteraction to racism, xenophobia and intolerance.
Special events and picketing, movie screenings and exhibitions, flash mobs and performances, seminars and conferences are held these days by individuals or social groups, members of non-governmental organizations, social movements and local communities, teachers, artists, researchers and journalists. Despite differences in occupations, opinions, beliefs and way of life, citizens of many countries do not spare time and efforts to save humanity, love and peace, to protect them from the ideologies of hatred, hostility and terror.
They know that fascism and totalitarianism were not the only possible options for the European people neither in the first half of the XX-th century nor today. We always have alternatives but we should not forget about them and make them visible and significant in our past, as well as in our present and future.
The organizers believe that "If we do not promote alternatives to fascism (xenophobia, militarization, totalitarian thinking) literally everywhere, it is fascism that remains the only possible future scenario."

The organizers of "Crystal Night - Never Again" campaign are committed to collecting information about both individual and collective, educational and eventful public non-violent acts performed by you in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia or in the illimitable space of the Internet. Please mail the information about such acts to:
Anyone can become one of the campaign’s sponsors and seek support (informative, expert, advisory and most unexpected) or offer it to other participants, both as an individual or society member. To achieve this end, you should send a mail to

You can also get or share/post additional information about the campaign in various social networks and blogs:
Live Journal Campaign Community -

Looking forward to hearing your responses!
Anastasia Nikitina,

Artyem Marchenkov,

Lena Dudukina,

Irina Aksenova

Among the organizers of the “Crystal Night – Never Again” are by now
Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance (YNRI) and и International Network of Human Rights Education and Civil Enlightenment (HRECE)
European network UNITED for intercultural action
International network «Young Europe»
Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM)
with the participation of Humanitarian Project "Epigraph" and Scythia National Congress