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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

International Academy of Remembrance and Human Rights in Berlin: building bridges for cooperation


From March 14th to 19th the 2nd International Academy of Remembrance and Human Rights took place in Berlin (Germany). In the framework of the program “Teaching Human Rights” the organizer (the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”) has gathered 23 participants from Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, the Ukraine, Israel and Germany.

In general, the Academy was devoted to human rights and historical education. The participants and experts faced a challenge: to understand how these areas can help and reinforce each other. One of the important similar tasks of historical and human rights education is promoting the values of humanity and human dignity, and developing critical and systemic thinking.

With its program “Teaching Human Rights” the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” provides an opportunity for historians and human rights activists to meet and listen to each other. The Academy is the second event of this kind. A diverse group of participants and their experiences have allowed making the seminar a real discovery for many participants.
The objectives of the Academy are to demonstrate possibilities for the connection of historical education with human rights education; to convey fundamental knowledge and skills in the field of national and international human rights protection; to encourage the development of corresponding projects.

Youth Human Rights Movement was represented by the participants of the Youth Network of human rights education and civil enlightenment (HRECE) Maria Gordeeva and Tatevik Gukasyan. The girls told about the YHRM activity, focusing particularly on such a program as “the New Tactics in Human Rights”, as well as the project of the “Museum of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, developed in the framework of the educational program “It's important to think about Human Rights!”.

Maria Gordeeva shared her impressions from what she saw and heard at the Academy: “I am grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to meet people who have different values of promoting human rights – each participant has something to learn from him. In addition, it was important to look at different approaches to the concept and the genesis of Human Rights. At the seminar Human Rights were represented primarily by experts-theorists, representatives of the academic community, and their concept is very different from the approach of civil society organizations. For example, in these concepts there was no room for civil society and public figures (from Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., to Marek Nowicki). Academic community can be called the third party of the seminar. But the conversation about what this community has in common with the other two is another story”.

A separate program on “Teaching Human Rights” of the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" was created gradually. Starting with a direct assistance to victims of National Socialism, gradually the Foundation has got a new vision related to the promotion of the idea of Human Rights. In addition to educational activities, the program includes a grant competition, applications for which should be sent before May 31, 2010.

To learn more about the contest in English.