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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.
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

Student’s Self-Government Worldwide


Nowadays self-government is one of the forms of student’s participation in everyday life of the university and sometimes the society. At first sight it is all simple: student’s self-government is when students organize on their own, remove part of the duties from the administration of the high school and perform independently. But the complexity is that nobody has negotiated the exact duties of student's self-management.

It is interesting that people are often involved into student's self-management because they lack “something” in everyday life in high school, because they want to obtain experience in management and organization of group activity and simply because it is just interesting to be engaged in “something”. But, unfortunately, seldom one can reason out what that “something” is, because it really requires much effort, it is easier to follow well-trodden path and simply to get engaged in “something”.

Often bodies of student's self-management are integrated into high or middle school structures. That is, not students self organizing, but the educational institution creates these bodies. In high school there is a special person responsible for the work of student's self-management bodies. It turns out that we want to be independent; however, we are a part of the educational institution. And, as it is known, a hand cannot live independently from a body though sometimes it makes some spontaneous movements. In Russia, for example, presence of student's self-management bodies in educational institutions is an obligatory attribute — otherwise the accreditation may not be prolonged.

Students of Ukraine have chosen their own way to develop student's self-management. For some years they’ve been trying to achieve adoption of the law concerning student's self-management. (Law #1798 “On modification of the law of Ukraine “About higher education”) The forum of the Ukrainian Association of Student's Self-management that took place in Kiev was dedicated to the questions of introduction of the law for student's self-management. More than 130 people from allover (all parts of) Ukraine, as well as representatives of Russia and Belarus, discussed on March, 5 till March, 7th. Among the most important questions were the following:
- how the students’ movement of Ukraine should develop in 2010-2015;
- what difficulties could be faced in high school during the introduction of the new law and what practice is already available;
- what normative legal documents still need to be developed so that the law should not only exist, but output the utmost;
- how to receive the legally prescribed financing for the activity of the student's self-management bodies from an educational institution;
- who of the student's self-management body should make the final decision on some questions, such as: dismissal of students, residing and eviction from a hostel, etc.