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


Youth Human Rights Movement

Statement of International Observation Mission “On the situation with dismissal of the ambassadors of the European Union states from the Republic of Belarus”

Acting on behalf of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus (CIC), which brings together representatives of national and international civil society organizations and networks from the OSCE countries;
monitoring the overall situation with the observance of fundamental human rights in the Republic of Belarus, including issues of the freedom of association and compliance with the conditions for the unhindered activities of human rights defenders;
emphasizing that human rights are subject of direct and legitimate concern of international civil society;
urging the Belarusian authorities to follow the undertaken international obligations on human rights;

The International Observation Mission expresses its profound concern at the situation which has occurred in Belarus when the Head of the European Union Delegation and Ambassador of the Republic of Poland were requested by the Belarusian authorities to leave the country and, in response, the rest of the EU member states in a gesture of solidarity recalled their top diplomats. It is obvious that these events will weaken international presence in the country and lessen the opportunities of exercising international control over the observe by Belarus of its commitments in the field of human dimension, and this may further deteriorate the situation with human rights and the rule of law.

The International Observation Mission:
1. Once again strongly emphasizes that the Belarusian authorities still do not fulfill the recommendations by international institutions on human rights and the rule of law, particularly those contained in the OSCE Moscow mechanism report;
2. Appeals to all the OSCE participating states to use all the existing opportunities in order to make the Belarusian authorities return to the observance of previously undertaken international commitments in the field of human dimension and respect for OSCE standards and mechanisms, moreover to resume the work of the OSCE office in Belarus and extend its mandate, as well as the mandates of existing representations of other intergovernmental organizations (UN and the Council of Europe);
3. Considers it essential to intensify at this moment the control over human rights observance in the country by the embassies of other states that are operating in Belarus, above all those participating in the OSCE, which, according to the Helsinki Final Act, undertook an obligation to exercise international observation of the situation in the field of human rights;
4. Requests all non-governmental organizations in the OSCE region to render the maximum support possible to the Belarusian civil society and local human rights defenders, as well as to international organizations making efforts for promoting and defending human rights in Belarus, moreover to increase their own presence in the country.

February 29th, 2012
Head of the Mission
Andrey Yurov