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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.
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«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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Russia’s NGOs presented shadow report on torture at the UN in Geneva


Thursday, November 8, Russia’s Non-Governmental Organizations presented their report to the members of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) as part of the official hearings on Russian Federation’s compliance with the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The text is now available on the Memorial website at

The report, co-ordinated by the Public Verdict foundation, results from joint efforts of the Civic Assistance Committee, Memorial Human Rights Centre, Solders’ Mothers St. Petersburg, Independent Psychiatric Association of Russia, Inter-Regional Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Institute, Penal Reform International Regional Office, Youth Human Rights Movement, Human Rights Defence Committee (Krasnoyarsk), Centre for Civic Education and Human Rights, Legal Initative on Russia (Utrecht, the Netherlands), and the Non-Profit Organization Legal Assistance – Astraea.

The report is called “shadow,” or alternative, because it supplements the official report provided by the Russian Federation (Russia’s fifth periodic report was submitted to the UN Committee in December 2010). Official reports provide contents of laws as well statistics to do with torture, meanwhile they lack sufficient information about the actual implementation of the laws, issues that arise in practice, and analysis of the causes of the existence of torture. The Alternative report fills in these gaps.

Following consultations with the NGOs and the consideration of the report of the Russian Federation, to be held November 12, the Committee will adopt concluding remarks indicating positive changes in the situation with torture in Russia, note existing problems in this area and provide a list of recommendations.

Because some of these recommendations will be assigned priority over others, in a year Russia will have to prepare a report on their performance.