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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


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“Citizen. Society. Army.“ – A new section in the network of the All Russian Civil Congress


In the middle of October participants of the public initiative “Citizen and Army” registered a thematic section for the network of the All Russian Civil Congress. The section is meant to deal with the compliance of human rights in the context of military and alternative civil service, with the reformation of the army and its change to a free-will system of recruiting, with the realising of actions and campaigns, with the protection of military servants’ rights, with the demilitarisation of the common consciousness and with the enlightenment of the civil society in the field of law.

It was decided to call this section “Citizen. Society. Army.”. This name was selected to cover the whole spectrum of problems which are connected with such important state and public institutions as the army. Sergej Krivenko was elected as a Co-coordinator of the section, he already holds the positions of a coordinator of the project “Citizen and Army” and the secretary of the coalition “For a democratic Alternative Civil Service!”. In addition to him Maxim Burmizky, head of the Centre for legal protection called “Citizen and Army” and chairman of the managing committee of the South-Siberian rights protection centre, and Vsevolod Tshernosub, coordinator of public campaigns, of the enlightening program “Citizen and Army” as well as of the marsh for free-will recruitment, were elected.

The network of the All Russian Civil Congress is not a strictly vertical structure, but a space for cooperation and joint actions of civil activists from different regions of Russia dealing with different issues and projects. It is a community which is resolved to protect our constitutional rights and liberties and for that is networking. For this very reason a lot of activists and human rights protectors already joint in to the new section.

We would like to invite you to become an information member of the network. For that we have to ask you to fill up the form on the site accessing JOIN.

In this way you can also express your wishes.