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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

Winter School of Human Rights took place in Moscow

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From January, 29 to February, 5 Moscow Helsinki Group and Youth Human Rights Movement organized a universal seminar on human rights in Moscow.

This time there were presented 30 participants from Murmansk to Grozny and Nazran, from Vilnius to Omsk. Throughout the whole meeting the coaches and human rights activists Adrey Yurov, Igor Sazhin, Dmitry Makarov, Maria Gordeeva and Victoria Gromova talked about basic human rights, international mechanisms of defending human rights, human integrity, public advocacy, basics of fundraising. Most of the topics in question would be impossible to pass as efficiently as through this kind of training.

The great advantage of this school is that participants learned not only to listen but also to hear each other and their coaches and to live through all the words and real life situations when the group itself had to decide how to comply with the rules of communication within and outside the group.

In every society, even in the healthiest one, there will always be confrontation between citizens (individuals) and the government, between different social groups. Usually, it comes as a result of escalation of social problems. Social - means that this problem has a significant importance to a large part of society. As a rule, this problem is connected with the violation of human rights and authorities’ nonfeasance in relation to a large number of people. And if the problem is considerably critical one has to be civically active. In other words, to engage in public advocacy. The main goal is to repeal malfunctioning laws or, if the law is effective but ill executed, to change the poor functioning of governmental agencies.

Lyudmila Alekseeva, chairperson of Moscow Helsinki Group, also visited the School. She talked about the birth of the human rights movement in the Soviet Union and how she sees Russia now.

The School was supported by the “Open Society Foundation”.