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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

Freedom House, Russian Rights Groups Announce New Partnership

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Washington – February 8 – Freedom House, the Moscow Helsinki Group and the Youth Human Rights Movement announced a new partnership today, aimed at strengthening ties between civil society groups in Russia and the United States in order to jointly support democracy, rule of law, and human rights activists worldwide.

The U.S.-Russian Civil Dialogue will also provide a framework for a larger role of civil society institutions by seeking to create a system for mutual support and common action aimed at advancing human rights standards.

"We believe our own advocacy efforts will be strengthened by joining with Russian partners more frequently on matters of shared interest," said Thomas O. Melia, Freedom House deputy executive director. "We hope the dialogue being launched today will formalize an already effective partnership between U.S. and Russian civil society groups working together to promote human rights and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide."

The U.S.-Russian Civil Dialogue will conduct joint research projects and advocacy on important human rights issues and present findings at international fora. In the coming months, the partners plan to hold a follow-up meeting of the US-Russian Civil Society Forum that took place in Moscow on July 6-7, 2009 and continue to discuss the role of human rights in the bilateral relations. The U.S.-Russian Civil Dialogue invites other civil society groups to join in common initiatives to advance the cause of human rights around the world.

We believe it is essential to formulate common platforms of issues. The civil society has to play a more significant role not only in bilateral relations between our countries, but also on the international level. The partnership seeks to work in solidarity with democracy and human rights activists working in various countries,” said Dmitri Makarov, Youth Human Rights Movement program coordinator.

Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world, has been monitoring political rights and civil liberties in Russia since 1991 and the United States since 1972. Moscow Helsinki group is the oldest active human rights organization in Russia, established in 1976. Youth Human Rights Movement is an international network of individuals and youth groups, created in 1998 with the goal of forming a new generation of human rights and civil society activists. 

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