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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.
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«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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Court hearing on a conscientious objector from the military Yauheni Yakavenka


On February 11, 2010, a court hearing will start on the case of Yauheni Yakavenka, who is occused of failure to show up to the military recruitment procedures (Art. 25.1.3 of the Administrative Code of the Republic of Belarus).

Tomorrow, on February 11, 2010, a court hearing is scheduled on the case of Yauheni Yakavenka who is conscientiously objecting to military service and insists on application of alternative civilian service, which goes along with provisions of Art. 57 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus.

Yauheni Yakavenka – a 25 y.o. Gomel resident, an activist of the Belarusian Christian Democrats party – on February 2, 2010 submitted his third application for implementation of alternative civilian service to the city military recruitment office. He also demanded that all notifications for the military be communicated to him in Belarusian language.

On January 14, 2010 Yakavenka was forcedly brought to the recruitment office by people in civilian and militia where he was notified of the possibility of criminal prosecution under Art. 435.1. of the Criminal Code for “evading draft to the military service”. Yauheni refused to sign the notification as it was not communicated to him in Belarusian language.

Last night we found out that Yakavenka will be tried on February 11, 2010 in the Court of the Soviet District of Gomel upon Art 25.1.3 of the Administrative Code of the Republic of Belarus “failure to show up to the military recruitment procedures without objective reasons”.

The hearing is scheduled for 14.30. The case will be considered by Judge Dzinkouskaya Elena.

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Of the Public Campaign “For Alternative Civilian Service in Belarus”