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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

St. Petersburg learning and discussion about Hate Crimes

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What is included in the definition of Hate Crimes and what is a counterpart of that European occurrence in Russia? What is treated as a crime and what not as far as hatred is concerned? Why Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights OSCE doesn’t treat as a crime hate speech, discrimination and genocide? What are indicators of hate crimes? All those and other questions were discussed by our participants during the seminar on prevention and reacting to hatred in St. Petersburg 1-3 of April.

Russians don’t really know and didn’t really hear about hate crimes. What is more, level of rightist violations in Russia still remains high.
Social xenophobia and aggression gradually stop being usual norm in Russian society. The attempts of state institutions of countering hate crimes not only do not touch the fundaments of the problem, but very often worsen the situation. At the moment civil organizations do not have enough opportunities and resources for systematic and preventive work in order to prevent and react against hate crimes. Unfortunately, the problem exists in reality… and it needs to be solved by civil organizations and state institutions.
That was the aim of seminar on prevention and reacting to hate crimes addressed to non-governmental organizations, people active in society and people interested in countering those types of crimes.
The idea was to introduce to all participants phenomenon of hate crimes and inform them what is the influence of hate crimes on society. And, obviously, to answer the question: how to react to the crimes committed on base of hatred and what to do if one meets with these types of violations in his/her activity.

After the seminar, its participant and co-organizer Lena Dudukina shared her impressions on seminar and advised what NGOs activists and representatives can acquire from it.
“There are very precise indicators of hate crimes, like for example place of a crime, presence of racist watchwords, obvious belonging of a victim to any of risk group etc. Although in the society there is visible and big wish to make overview of symptoms of those crimes and to specify details of defense. Big part of preventing hate crimes depends on legislative support and information activity- on informing people about existence of risk groups and on pointing out that the rightist type of violation is unacceptable. Activists from St. Petersburg and Voronezh, Moscow and Krasnoyarsk, Samara and Rostov-on-Don, Kaluga and Yoshkar-Ola, Tyumen and Perm, Bryansk and Pyatigorsk, Stavropol and Kiev work in both directions”.

The seminar was organized by: European network UNITED for International Action and Youth Human Rights Movement in the scope of project “Civil organizations serving society: youth actions against racism, nationalism and xenophobia and for Human Right and inter-cultural dialogue” financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the scope of program MATRA.