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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 first in the world Museum of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is looking for volunteers!

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a unique international document passed by the United Nations in 1948. It was created by experts from Australia, Canada, China, Lebanon, the USSR, France and other countries.

Declaration was the first global document which stated value of human life, human dignity, freedom, and equality. For the first time in history of mankind these ideals formed the basis for international laws.

Today there is  a lot of international documents on Human Rights. However, people do not even know about them, or when they know, it is not easy for them to understand the legal language. That’s why we decided to tell the story about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights via the virtual museum.

The main idea  is to introduce the Declaration itself, its history, perspectives, “silent plots” around it  and other interesting facts to the young people. Now we start our work in Russia (for Russia, Ukraine, Belarus) just due to capacity but we will be happy to have our Museum in as many languages as possible.

We want people to see  the Declaration as a living document, faces of its creators and people who were inspired by Declaration in their way to promote and protect universal Human Rights.

Creation of the Museum is an initiative of two international NGOs -  International Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) and International Historical-Enlightenment Human Rights and Humanitarian Society “Memorial”.

The project is supported by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, the office of the Ombudsman in Russian Federation and Foundation “Remembrance,  Responsibility and Future”.

If you are interested in taking part anf bringing your thoughts and energy to the  creation of the Museum  what would you like to do?

Now the team of the Museum needs the following help:

  • translation of the texts (memoirs and documents) from English, German and other languages to Russian;
  • revision of the Museum site (design, programming, ideas of virtual excursions);
  • research on the history of Universal Declaration in your country and others;
  • search for the materials describing the History of UDHR and macing them an object of  Museum;
  • interviewing of people who worked to spread the UDHR when it was prohoboted in certain countries and also those participated in actions devoted to the UDHR;  of those who spreade the texts of Universal Declaration when their actions were not improved by the government, and participated in actions devoted to Universal Declaration.


And of course, if you are intrerested in translation of the whole Museum to your languages, we will be happy to invite you to cooperation.

Also you can think of your own way to help the Museum and share it with us. We appreciate any assistance and cooperation with us.

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