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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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“Forgotten Victims” were called to memory in Prague


A conference “Forgotten Victims” focused on the problem of hate crimes and the victims of hate violence and assistance of the state and non-governmental organizations, was held on April 22 – 23, 2010. The conference took place in the Goethe-Institut, Prague, under the auspices of the Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer together with the Forum 2000 Foundation, the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (Foundation EVZ), In IUSTITIA o.s. and Kulturbüro Sachsen e.V. Among the participants there were experts from Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. A major part of the conference was dedicated to the presentation of the results of the research project "Hate Crimes – Forgotten Victims" which was conducted in the Czech Republic with the financial assistance of Foundation EVZ. The discussion on the first day concerned the main difficulties in defying and explaining the terms “hate violence” or “hate crime”. At the workshops, the participants discussed such issues as anti-extremist and hate crime legislation, the role of police and their investigation of hate crimes, anti-Semitism as well as problematic inclusion of the Roma minority and the LGBT community. The discussions referred not only to the situation in Prague but touched upon the experience of the countries represented. The second day of the conference was dedicated to hate crime prevention, monitoring of hate crimes and victim assistance. The attempts and experiences from both government and non-government sectors were described. Broad criticism was raised against efficiency of work on these issues but the discussion managed to stay constructive and led to formulating the ways for solving the existing problems. Russian human rights organizations were represented by the SOVA Centre (Moscow), the Anti-discrimination Centre Memorial (St.Petersburg) and Youth Human Rights Movement. After the conference they had an opportunity to talk to their partners from Germany and discuss the possible development of work in victim assistance in Russia. “Integrated victim assistance is almost untouched area for Russian organizations dealing with xenophobia and hate crimes, says Konstantin Baranov from Youth Human Rights Movement. To start it, serious evaluation of the existing international experience and purposeful resource support are needed. That is why this conference turned out to be very worthwhile for us as another opportunity to communicate with our colleagues from Eastern Europe and Germany. The dialogue with the members of the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" brought hope that by the end of this year the first projects on assistance to ultra-right violence victims will appear.” It is worth mentioning that the first steps have been done in this direction. E.g. First taken place in the Czech Republic, Poland and the Ukraine the research in the state of hate crime victims was held in Russia. The presentation of its outcomes will be organized at the end of June in Moscow, as well as the panel discussion for the institutions planning to continue work in this sphere. Official report on the conference -