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22.01.2015
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’.
22.05.2014
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.
28.11.2013
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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24.05.2016
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.
07.02.2015
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.
03.02.2015
«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.

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24.05.2016
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.
07.02.2015
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.
03.02.2015
«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.
03.02.2015
The Kremlin took another leap backward in 2014 by intensifying its crackdown on civil society, media, and the Internet, as it sought to control the narrative about developments in Ukraine, including Russia’s occupation of Crimea and its support to insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Parliament adopted laws, and authorities engaged in practices, that increasingly isolated the country and inflamed a level of anti-Western hysteria unseen since the Soviet era.
03.02.2015
On 29 January 2015, human rights defender Mr. Konstantin Reutski was beaten by road police officers at the check point Pisochin in the Kharkiv region. Konstantin Reutski is chairman of the Human Rights Centre "Postup" (Path), and a journalist with online media outlet informator.lg.ua and with Gromadske TV. He routinely covers events in the area concerned by Ukraine's anti-terrorist operation (ATO) and documents human rights violations in the region.
12.06.2014
Awareness-raising campaign on June 20, 2014 - World Refugee Day. Every year on June 20 the World Refugee Day is celebrated worldwide to draw attention to the problems of people forced to flee their homes, saving their lives and seeking asylum in foreign countries. Today Chechen refugees constitute the largest group of migrants from Russia to Europe. The First Chechen War started 20 years ago in December 1994*.
09.01.2014
(Moscow) – The Russian authorities should immediately ensure access to water and public transportation in a village in Sochi affected by the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a new video.
10.12.2013
Mikhail Savva, a professor at Kuban State University and director of grant programmes at the Southern Regional Resource Centre, has been transferred from a pre-trial detention centre to house arrest. According to Elena Savva, Mikhail’s wife, today’s consideration at the regional court of a complaint brought by federal human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin on behalf of defendant Mikhail Savva came as a surprise both for his family and his lawyers.
28.11.2013
Members of the Human Rights Council and of the independent commission investigating the events of 6 May 2012 have sent an open letter to Vladimir Putin requesting amnesty for the 'Bolotnaya prisoners'. "To the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich,
28.11.2013
In Ekaterinburg, one of the most active NGOs in the Ural region that was facing charges under the 'foriegn agent' law – Human Rights Information Centre – has won a court victory. A district court judge in Ekaterinburg, Irina Maiorova, ruled that the warning by prosecutors issued against the non-profit organization was unlawful, and bound Sverdlovsk region prosecutor’s office to withdraw its complaint. The Human Rights Information Centre represents Memorial in the region and has carried out dozens of educational, historical and human rights projects.
20.11.2013
The Supreme Commercial Court has officially criticised the presidential plan to create a single Supreme Court, which would mean making changes to the constitution. The business daily Кommersant has a copy of the Supreme Commercial Court's official reply in its possession.
12.11.2013
The Prosecutor General's Office cannot terminate legal proceedings initiated against non-profit organisations pending an expected ruling by the Constitutional Court on this issue. So reads a response from the Prosecutor General’s Office to a request by the Human Rights Council, published on the Human Rights Council’s website.
12.11.2013
The trial of Mikhail Savva, a professor of Kuban State University and staff member of the Southern Regional Resource Centre, began on Tuesday, 5 November, in Krasnodar. He stands accused by the Krasnodar regional FSB of fraud under two sections of Article 159 of the Criminal Code. On the first count, he is accused of stealing grant money allocated by Krasnodar regional government for a sociological study and, on the second count, of not having given a course of lectures at Kuban State University. Savva's supporters are convinced that the case has been fabricated.
08.09.2013
Address to human rights defenders and independent public actors of Russia, USA, Europe and other countries on the situation in Syria
29.07.2013
Index on Censorship together with several other organisations have launched an online petition urging EU leaders to stop mass surveillance and to clearly and unambiguously state their opposition to all systems of mass surveillance including the US's NSA PRISM system and similar systems in several countries in Europe.

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