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


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Distribution of information: “Informal education and enlightenment in the Civil sector”


In cooperation with Youth Human Rights Movement and the organisation „Young Europe“ Free University started up the newsletter “Informal education and enlightenment in the Civil sector”. Hereby we want to invite you to affiliate yourself with this initiative.
This newsletter is intended for these who want to study further (mainly young civil activists), dealing with different issues that vary from human rights, actions for the protection of common interests, informal education, intercultural dialogue and freedom activism to the art of writing well-composed texts (in this case literal texts) and social work. These who would like to educate theirselves in issues of methods can participate in seminars, long-term internal or external programs, probation periods as well as in public lectures and contests which take place in Russia, the countries of the CIS and others all over the world.
Within the newsletter we are going to spread information about programs and organised activities of Free University, Youth Human Rights Movement and Young Europe, but also information from newsletters of friends and partner organisations.
The newsletter will be edited in following languages:
- Russian (mainly)
- English (additional), there will also be news in English (about programs that are interesting for English speaking correspondents).
The newsletter will be distributed once per two or three ongoing weeks.
To sign up for the newsletter please enter the webpage or write an E-mail to (the subject of it should say “informational newsletter”). Please tell us within this mail your full name and your E-mail-address to which you want us to send the newsletter.

Anna Dobrovolskaya,
Free University