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

FLARE appeal to all European Universities to support and host the Belarusian students


December 19th marked the fourth victory, with a large advantage, of Mr. Lukashenko.
Exactly like four years ago, there is strong suspicion of gerrymandering, as pointed out by many organisations and informal groups of students committed in monitoring actions during the electoral period.
“480 votes are missing from one of the first controlled ballot boxes” says Viasna, the organisation of lawyers that during the night between December 19th and 20th had their offices raided by personnel of the special forces, with the arrest of 10 activists.
More of ten thousand demonstrators were in Minsk's central square during that night; as of now 400 people were arrested, between them four candidates belonging to the opposition, including Anatol Liabedzka, and more of 30 people were injured, including Vladzimir Niakliayeu.
There are a lot of students among the people arrested during the electoral period and they face risk of expulsion from all Belarusian Universities forever, thanks to a law introduced by Lukashenko, this way losing their right to education.
We ask all European Universities to support and host in the best possible way the Belarusian students who will be forced to leave their Country in order to continue their studies.

FLARE (Freedom Legality and Rights in Europe)