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

Preparation for the European week of actions against racism in Football


The greatest campaign of football associations for resistance actions against racism and the by-going discrimination will be started in the course of this week.

For eight successful seasons the network “Football Against Racism in Europe” (FARE) already coordinates actions against racism and discrimination in the sport and in its context in whole Europe. From the 17th to the 30th October 2007 the bigger part of the European football “family” from 38 different countries will join hands (and heads) against racism and discrimination.

As usual also the eighth week of actions organized by the network “Football Against Racism in Europe” will go along with activities organized by fan groups, football clubs, national associations, communities and organisations which are specialised in the problems of migrants, in anti-discrimination civil initiatives and trainings. With the help of UEFA, FARE can provide financial support for 120 local actions which are connected with the week’s subject. The support also consists in the elaboration of materials for campaigns and the organisations of anti-facist matches or special activities for fans.

Publication of new posters
The new poster of the week of actions was only released in Vienna. He told about a dark-skinned youngster from Greece who took part in the events in Athens in 2007. These events went along the week of actions and were organised by the town administration of Athens.

You can download the PDF-version of the poster by entering the webpage of FARE:

The poster of the week of actions and other materials of campaigns will be distributed by FARE.

If you would like to get a free exemplar of the poster, please contact FARE through the address

Everyone is involved, from the top-list football organisation to less well-known initiatives.

Besides the actions which are organised by professional clubs and leagues, as the Champions League and the qualification matches for EURO-2008, the week of actions organised by FARE will provide the possibility for fans, groups of unknown or simply local football teams from all over the continent to join hands to celebrate the uniting power of this sport. All in all there are more than 1000 activities planned during the week of actions.

About the week of actions organised by FARE:
The latest news about it in different languages are collected to read at

contact: Kurt Wachter, FARE Coordination Office, Vienna, Austria
tel: +43 1/71 22 59 490 mobile: 0043 699 1075 4988 mail: –