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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

Members of the Youth Human Rights Movement have been invited to the Advisory Committee of the internet project

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The team of the English Internet project Rights in Russia has invited the members of the Youth Human Rights Movement Andrey Yurov, Dmitry Makarov and Anastasia Nikitina to join their Advisory Committee. The project has been working for almost one year, collecting unique first-hand information about the situation of human rights in Russia, primarily by taking opinions and viewpoints of  human rights defenders into account.
In his interview on the website the editor of the project, Simon Cosgrove, who also shares the goals of this unique project, suggested Russian human rights organizations to participate by sending information about problems of human rights issues to this e-mail adress (in Russian!).
Cosgrove says, that on the one hand it was simply a personal wish to gather together in one place as much information or at least links about human rights in Russia in English language as possible. On the other hand, and of course this reason is more serious, there is a real interest in human rights in Russia abroad, but there is a lack of knowledge about these issues, because of a deficit of easily accessible and trustworthy resources in English.
Thirdly, the voices of Russian civil society activists are outside Russia often heard less loudly and clearly than they deserve it. I think their views and opinions are often known, but little outside Russia. It is true, that non-Russian media often interpret the opinions and statements of Russian human rights defenders, and NGOs also transmit and interpret the opinions and statements of civil society activists from Russia. And of course, it is a very positive thing that they do this. But nevertheless in this process of interpretation and transmission, to a significant extent, the voices of Russian human rights defenders themselves get lost.
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