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

Appeal of the Representatives of the South Ossetia Civil Society


We, civil rights activists of South Ossetia, appeal to our colleagues from Russian, CIS civic organizations  and also to the international community in connection with a current situation in South Ossetia.
In the last week the political situation in the Republic became strained, with the representatives of government and law enforcement agencies as well as civilians being involved.

After the presidential elections in South Ossetia, the conflict between Alla Dzhioeva and law enforcement agencies is continuing to grow. Let us recall that Alla Dzhioeva won the presidential elections in South Ossetia in November 2011. Several days later the Central Election Commission declared the results of the elections invalid. People supporting one side or another regularly go to the streets on political rallies and pickets.
The political crisis in South Ossetia might well turn into civil war. The recent events vividly prove it. Thus, on February 9 the Tskhinvali headquarters of Alla Dzhioeva was occupied by Special Police Force; Alla Dzhioeva herself was hospitalized with a diagnosis “blood-stroke” and fell into a coma; staff members were arrested.
We don’t urge you to take one or another side but we are afraid of a violent scenario taking place, which threatens with mass violations of humans rights and human casualities.
Certain lists of people (in the first place, journalists) banned entry to the Republic  are already being drawn up on the South Osetia border; civil rights activists are facing pressure, the work of journalists is being obstructed etc.
In this regard, we address you – representatives of civil and human rights organizations – for assistance and help in prevention of mass human rights violations in South Ossetia.
    * First of all, we need assistance in dissemination of unbiased information about the situation in South Ossetia.
    * Secondly, it is important to initiate the creation of international groups of observation of the situation with human rights in South Ossetia.

If you want to help us, please, contact us:

Zema Dzasokhova

Alexandre Dzhioev

Larisa Ostaeva

Sarmat Parastaev

Alan Parastaev

Maria Plieva

Liana Teddeeva

Tamara Terashvili

Timur Tskhovrebov

Vissarion Aseev

12 February, 2012