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


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Prisoners’ right to vote


The decision of the UN Human Rights Committee to acknowledge the right of Russian convicted presons to vote went unnoticed. Even in the time of never-ending election campaigns in Russia.
Prior to the elections to the State Duma (summer 2011) the UN Human Rights Committee came to the conclusion that Article 32 of the Russian Constitution, provided absolute deprivation of the right to vote of any individual sentenced to imprisonment, violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The right of the convicted persons to vote in democratic elections is violated.
Apart from acknowledging that the rights of the 2 convicted men (out of 800 000) are violated, the UN Human Rights Committee resolved that Russia must “amend its legislation to ensure its conformity with the Covenant”.

Meanwhile, both of the applicants apparently won’t go to the ballot boxes on the  presidential elections day. Neither did they vote in the elections to the State Duma.

It is clear why the government doesn’t discuss this decision. But why does the public keep silence? In whose favor might these 800 000 potential votes be?