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

Happy New Year from YHRM!

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Dear colleagues and friends!
Participants and correspondents of the Youth Human Rights Movement!
We wish you a Happy New Year!
In the outgoing year a lot of us had the opportunity to get to know each other better, to work on solving various social problems, to participate in various campaigns of solidarity, to meet at concerts, literary readings, etc. Many of us had the opportunity to feel the support of people who are near and who are at distances of hundreds of kilometers.
During 2010, 145 individual and 14 collective correspondents from 11 countries: Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Congo, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, USA, Ukraine, France and Sweden - joined YHRM. Our network has become stronger by 10 participants from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. 18 new honorary participants appeared - human rights activists and community leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Great Britain, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. This fact means new perspectives and opportunities. At the moment the network includes more than 1,500 civil society activists and more than 200 organizations and groups from 38 countries.
The most important thing is that these figures are real people who do a lot in their own countries and cities to make this world more humane.

And together we won several civil victories in 2010 - this is the campaign "5P " (about the police reform in Russia), and the campaign of solidarity with Anastasia Denisova, and some others. We could hardly conduct such serious campaigns without broad support from YHRM participants and correspondents.

The outgoing year, which brought many new challenges to human rights throughout the world, leaves us with a lot of unfinished tasks.
That's why we plan to continue the development of thematic networks and programs, to carry out actions of solidarity, to launch new educational and awareness-raising projects, to issue manuals and books. So we have a lot to do in 2011:)))
So we wish you Strength and Fortitude to make our common dreams come true!
See you in the New year!
On behalf of the International Secretariat of the Youth Human Rights Movement:
Anna Dobrovolskaya, Anastasiya Nikitina, Anastasia Denisova, Alyona Ob'ezdchikova, Andrey Yurov, Anton Zabutyrin, Alexander Drook, Victoria Babiy, Victoria Gromova, Vitus Media, Dmitry Makarov, Irina Aksenova, Irina Ezhova, Konstantin Baranov, Lena Dudukina, Lada Burdatcheva, Liubov Zakharova, Maria Gordeeva, Sergey Sabanov and others.