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

Guantanamo - "anybody of you may take the stand"


15th of Novemebr 2007 activists of Amnesty International from different cities of Russia and activists of International Youth Human Rights Movement from Moscow and Voronezh hold the public action behind US Embassy in Russia, requiring quitting illegal prison for suspected terrorists – Guantanamo.

Passers-by walking along Sadovoe kol’tso area could have a chance to see outstanding performance. Against the background of the US Embassy two prisoners in orange clothes staing on knees and hunched, in handcuffs and blindfolded, have been sitting under the guard of harsh American navy officer. Behind, two content people were standing, looking very much similar to George Bush and Condolisa Rice. They hold the placard telling “We rush in where angels fear to tread (there is no rule for us). Anybody of you may take the stand”.

In January 2002 American government for the first time put deferred during “war with terrorism” to Guantanamo situated at Cuba area. Since that, hundreds of people are being placed there without any kind of trial and sentence. At the same time, imprisoned do not have the status of prisoners of war, what makes Guantanamo a kind of black hole in the legal sense.

Alina Shtin for International YHRM