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.  

Search on site


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

Statement on behalf of the Non-Govermental International Steerings Committee of the community of democracies (ISC/CD) on Elections in Belarus


The nongovernmental International Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies (ISC/CD) joins with numerous other governmental and non-governmental organizations in condemning the recent electoral process in Belarus, which was full of manipulations and outright fraud and culminated in a brutal police repression of peaceful demonstrators in the central Government Square of Minsk on Sunday evening. Dozens of people protesting the official results of the vote and journalists were severely beaten; more than six hundred were detained, including seven out of ten presidential candidates. Detainees have been treated in a degrading and inhuman way, have been repeatedly beaten in custody, and have had no access to health care, food and water. Closed trials that have already taken place are a parody of justice, with false witnesses from among the police, fabricated evidence, and no access to lawyers and the public. Offices of several leading human rights NGOs monitoring the elections and collecting complaints of the election fraud were raided by the police and security services, their staff detained and computers confiscated. President Alexander Lukashenko who will rule his country for the fourth consecutive term in an absence of free and fair elections, threatens opposition members with harsh criminal prosecution and many years of prison terms. He also warned journalists and Internet users about repressions for their exercise of freedom of expression.

These dramatic events have once again demonstrated the true face of the dictatorial regime in Belarus. No one should be fooled by recent warming up of Lukashenko’s rhetoric towards the European Union. Despite its nominal adherence to the principles of the OSCE Copenhagen Agreement of 1990, and notwithstanding repeated criticism and technical advice from the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and ODIHR-led election observation missions, the government of Belarus has once again turned elections into a meaningless mockery of a democratic process and left people of Belarus no other choice but to protest in the streets. Lacking legitimacy at home and respect outside of the country, Alexander Lukashenko continues to follow the most repressive and undemocratic tactics resembling the days of the Soviet Union.

The International Steering Committee, in solidarity with democracy activists and civil society organizations in Belarus who have endured years of persecution, condemns the election fraud and following repressions and calls upon the Lukashenko Government to abandon its despotic ways and immediately free all those detained this week. We support the OSCE conclusions not recognizing the elections as free and fair and the position of the US government in not accepting results of the elections. We urge that no democratic government recognize results of these elections and treat Alexander Lukashenko as a legitimate leader. Only by embracing democratic principles will Belarus be able to join fully the region’s progress towards development and economic growth.

The ISC/CD looks forward to the day when members of civil society from Belarus will be able to join their counterparts in Europe and other regions of the world in a common effort to ensure the fruits of democracy for all their fellow citizens. We stand in solidarity with democracy activists in Belarus and join them in their demand of freedom for their country.

Paul Graham, Chairman South Africa
Mantas Adomenas Lithuania
Hoda Chalak Lebanon
Soon Juan Chee Singapore
Yuri Dzhibladze Russia
João Carlos Espada Portugal
Hannah Forster The Gambia
David French United Kingdom
Morton Halperin United States
Sameer Jarrah Jordan
Michael Kau Taiwan
Robert LaGamma United States
Oumar Makalou Mali
Mohsen Marzouk Tunisia
George Mathew India
Matteo Mecacci Italy
Gus Miclat Philippines
Ilona Mihaies Romania
Dorota Mitrus Poland
Erdenejargal Perenlei / Zanaa Jurmed Mongolia
Carlos Ponce Venezuela
Andrea Sanhueza Chile
Reza Eslami Somea Iran
Vo Van Ai Vietnam Roel von Meijenfeldt Netherlands
Dieudonné Zognong Cameroon