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22.01.2015
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’.
22.05.2014
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.
28.11.2013
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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24.05.2016
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.
07.02.2015
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.
03.02.2015
«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.

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YHRM asks civil organizations to fill in a questioner regarding license for NGOs

Дата публикации: 
07.12.2010

The Team for defending human rights defenders of the international Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) kindly asks you to express your opinion on a few issues, concerning the selective enforcement of software anti-piracy laws.

In 2009-2010 international Youth Human Rights Movement carried out a successful solidarity campaign in support of our colleague – Anastasia Denisova, the head of Youth Group for Tolerance in Krasnodar (Russia) (see: http://denisova.yhrm.org). Krasnodar regional administration and law enforcement agencies tried to prevent the NGO from working in the sensitive for authorities spheres of statelessness of ethnic minorities and xenophobia under the pretext of combating unlicensed computer software.

When the solidarity campaign was underway, it became clear that this is a widely spread scheme in Russia – computers are seized from an NGO office, then the doubtful forensic expert advice is prepared and then follows the initiation of the criminal persecution. After the devastating critique in New York Times Microsoft USA released a statement regarding the launch of unilateral free-of-charge license for NGOs in Russia and 11 more countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, China and Malaysia) (see: http://denisova.yhrm.org/ms_changes_policy).

This is a concrete result of purposeful action of a number of civil society institutions, and we appreciate the support of our colleagues a great deal. Nevertheless to make this victory of civil society complete we still have to take some steps. First of all it is crucial to collect more information about the cases of selective enforcement of software anti-piracy laws in the countries from the list above.

Microsoft corporation and non-governmental organization Human Rights First addressed international Youth Human Rights Movement with a request to conduce to the search of information about cases in other countries, similar to the Russian ones. We will be grateful for any kind of information regarding selective enforcement of software anti-piracy laws.

The YHRM team for defending human rights defenders asks representatives of NGOs and media from such countries as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, China and Malaysia to fill in a small questioner regarding license for NGOs and media http://forms.yhrm.org/microsoft_eng

Your replies can really help to launch the unilateral free-of-charge license for NGOs by Microsoft and other corporations in your own and neighboring countries.

Sincerely yours,
Team for defending human rights defenders
of the international YHRM
Konstantin Baranov,
Victoria Gromova,
Anna Dobrovolskaya,
Dmitri Makarov
HRD@yhrm.org