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

“Multinational Georgia” expresses its deep concern about the latest developments undertaken in the region of South Ossetia


We believe that today, as never before citizens – representatives of the different ethnic groups need to be united and consolidated. Public Movement “Multinational Georgia” welcomes good will of the Georgian government, namely the moratorium on the cease fire and the provision of the humanitarian corridor through village Ergneti, which we believe is a step forward towards the resolution of the situation in the region and establishment of peace.

Today Georgian citizens, residents of the conflict zone, government and all political forces manage to transform interethnic confrontation into the confrontation between political crime and injustice on one side and democratic civilized forces on the other.

There is time for the Ossetians to commit historic choice between rule of the criminal regime and free development of the Ossetian community, orientation on the European integration and democratic values within the framework of the wide autonomy proposed by Georgia.

We believe that there is no alternative way to the peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups, but mutual respect and acceptance of each others values. What is more, we see the way to the resolution of the confrontation and full-fledged political, social and cultural rehabilitation of the region in uniting of the efforts of the state structures, international community, civil society and communities affected by the confrontation themselves.

We express our readiness to provide support to the governmental peace initiatives creating conditions for active citizens’ participation and public diplomacy, using long-termed experience of active work in the NGO sector for the reconciliation between Georgian and Ossetian communities.

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“Multinational Georgia”