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


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The end of action: Stop racism!

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International action “Stop racism” was organized in the scope of European-wide Action Week Against Racism by network United for Intercultural Action. The action is connected to International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination (21st of March).

In action participated people from more than 10 cities from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

In Murmansk members of network and independent antifascists organized photo-hunting “Symbols of hatred”. During the last week they were collecting photos with racist watchwords and symbols which have been drawn on the walls of the city, where the activists are going to petition local authorities to conduct the action “Let’s clean the walls from hatred!”.

On the other hand in Khabarovsk and Kazan there were organized series of cinema demonstrations however some time before in Khabarovsk cinema show took place as a part of Action and now, there are plans to continue it in the next month.

In Voronezh took place seminar and cinema demonstration, one organized street actions and opening of the exhibition “Anna Frank. Lessons of history”.

Additionally, the action joined cities like St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vladivostok, Yoshkar-Ola, Nizhny Novgorod, Petrozavodsk, Samara in Russia, Minsk, Kiev and others.

This year action “Stop racism” was organized 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.