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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 activists turned to Lady Gaga for the protection of the right to identity

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Dear Lady Gaga!

AS you may know recently in some Eastern European countries state authorities are encroaching the sovereignty of the person trying to limit his or her right to identity.
Now the recognition f the fact that it is possible to love not only the opposite sex, may be followed by the administrative or even criminal prosecution.

The person who would like to talk with students about the civil actions becomes a propagandist of "nontraditional values," a representative of the informal youth subculture becomes an "extremist", a human rights or civil society activist - a "foreign agent" and agent of West (East, South or North – is an only option).

People are being labeled only due to fact that they have an alternative way of life, incomprehensible to most of society, but not constituting any danger to the lives of others. This makes it impossible to live open and easy with an “unusual” identity (either as gay, vegetarian, pank, anarchist or ecological activist).

Such initiatives are the state invasion to freedom of self-determination of every person's own choice and identity. We can no longer define ourselves freely - now the law and the opinion of the majority will determine what we are allowed to be in this society.

We act on behalf of the International Youth Human Rights Movement, the Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance, the International Youth Human Rights Education and Civil Enlightenment Network and Russian LGBT Network - organizations that for many years have been working for protection of the right to self-determination and have been constantly facing these absurd laws, the actions of the authorities and with multivalued reaction of the society.

We consider that the consciousness and recognition of our inner fears and desire to control people is primary. We want to control our fears and not let our fears to control us. One of the actions against the manifestations of totalitarianism is to declare the personal identity (or identities) and to assert our right to it!

We are convinced that the identity is multifaceted and cannot be reduced to any given set of options.

We are aware of your active role in protecting human rights of minorities in many different countries.

We also know about your ideas of search for identity and the need to preserve its unicity.

That is why we turn to you for public support of our efforts and actions. We believe that your public appearance at a concert on December 12 in Moscow with a speech in defense of the Right to Identity can influence public opinion. This symbolic step will be an important gesture of support for all of us.

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