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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


Youth Human Rights Movement

In Murmansk took place a roundtable on the issue of spreading the ideas of fascism and nationalism among youth


On may 6, 2010, in Murmansk, took place a roundtable on the issue of spreading the ideas of fascism and nationalism among youth. The meeting was initiated by the Committee for Cooperation with NGOs and Youth Affairs of the Murmansk region in conjunction with the Office of Internal Affairs of the Murmansk. Also, it was attended by representatives of the Murmansk student council, environmental organization “Nature and Youth”, Public Organization" Humanistic Movement of Youth, Youth Human Rights Movement, a public movement Governor's operational detachment "The Bear", Department of Internal Affairs of Murmansk and the Department against Extremism of the Murmansk region.

The participants discussed the extention of the ideas of fascism and nationalism in Murmansk and the Murmansk region among young people and techniques to counter such manifestations to decrease their activity.

NGO representatives think that the solution of this problem is a long awareness-raising and education in different areas of public interaction. This dissemination of knowledge about the value and primacy of human rights among young people through cultural and educational activities, awareness of racism, homophobia and other types of discrimination in educational institutions, clubs, development of concepts and ideas of non-violence and non-discrimination among youth, etc.

Participants of the roundtable came to the conclusion that the interaction representatives of public institutions and authority bodies, the presence of dialogue and understanding of the relevance of this problem is necessary. Permanent youth consultative structure which could make decisions should also be constructed.

Alexander Droock

Youth Human Rights Movement

"Humanistic Movement of Youth