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


Youth Human Rights Movement

'32 May' has arrived in St. Petersburg


In St. Petersburg on 8 December the first ‘32 May’ human rights film festival opened. It will run until 12 December. Each day of the festival will be dedicated to an important human rights issue.

As noted by St., on the eve of the film festival the organizers - Youth Human Rights Group and the Russian Social Democratic Youth Union - expressed outrage at the attitude to the event of the Committee on Law, Order and Security of St. Petersburg City Hall.

A statement by the Film Festival’s organizing committee says:

‘In a telephone conversation with Evgeny Konovalov, the chair of the Russian Social Democratic Youth Union, a Committee representative said that the organizers had blemished their reputation when they included in the list of supporting organizations representatives of the LGBT community. When the Committee’s representative learned that they were invited to a debate on the issue of ‘freedom of assembly’ he said that he himself would never attend such a discussion. It was also said that the organizations holding the Festival were also questionable, and those who supported them were simply a collection of any and all, whereas a strict selection process should have been used.

We believe that such evaluative statements by the Committee on Law with regard to any groups of people are unacceptable, particularly in relation to representatives of the LGBT community, as well as contempt for a number of NGOs.’

At present, the Committee on Law, Order and Security has yet to respond whether its representatives will take part in the debate held in the framework of the Film Festival. The organizers, for their part, consider that a dialogue between civil society and the St Petersburg city authorities will take place.

All the Film Festival's events will take place at the Green Light Press Club, 3, Gagarin Street. Admission is free.