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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

The 4th Winter School for Human Rights

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 The Fourth Winter School for Human Rights organized by the Moscow Helsinki Group, Youth Human Rights Movement and the Free University was held in Moscow from 22 to 30 January, 2011.

This year's participants were 35 people from different regions of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Among them were young human rights activists, social and civil society organizations activists, journalists, representatives of the Public Human Rights Consultation Service and the Ombudsman for Human Rights.
The School for Human Rights is a big and serious project, which aims to create a platform for human rights education and most important - to form a new generation of human rights defenders.
Here the trainers do not give that "truth" that everybody long to find, and here the Socratic spirit is especially strong because at the end of the event the participants had more questions than answers.
Interactivity and fast rhythm of the event, rigidity of discussions immerse participants in the educational process and leave no one indifferent.
The topics of different School's days were the concept of Human Rights, advocacy, national and international mechanisms of human rights protection, the theory of human integrity and much more.
One day for the participants a meeting with the chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alexeeva, and a judge of the Constitutional Court of Russia, Anatoly Kononov was organized. They talked about the history of human rights movement in Russia, about the Constitutional Court - how it works, etc.
I believe participation in the School is necessary and important experience for anyone who wishes to engage in human rights activities whether they activists or leaders of the NGO, journalists or public officials.


Alexander Drook, 
YHRM Participant