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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.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain

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Researches

What is the starting point for any public activity? Identification of the problem and its reasons, possible consequences etc. In YHRM campaigning this phase – research phase – is recognized as a very important and necessary one. To work out a good strategy of public action you need to explore a lot.
So, any YHRM action or campaign starts with a research. The objectives of the research can be:
deep research of the problem: reasons, opportunities to avoid a problem next time, ways to solve the problem etc;
research of the target group: who shall we work with? What methods shall we choose?
aims: what aims shall we put on the tactical and strategic level? What are realistic?
experience: whether anybody had touched this problem already? Is it possible to use that experience?
modeling possible consequences and side effects: it is always important to foresee the results of your action.

Also among objectives there can be awareness and involvement of new activists into public activities.
Very often research also finishes the YHRM campaign to analyze the effect of the activities.

Also within YHRM work we provide independent researches, which are not connected with any action or campaign – when we need to verify that a new public problem takes place and probably actions needed.

YHRM researches can be divided into:
mini-researches: a problem is broken into pieces, and only particular elements are researched;
complex researches: the problem is explored as a whole, or a number of problems as a complex;
monitoring: systematical and regular observation of some spectrum of public life, e.g. rights violations of a particular target group.

Methods used:
questionnaires;
interview;
content-analysis;
focus-group;
visit;
secret client
etc. 

Research can be based at local, interregional and international levels – depends on a scale of a problem and possibilities to solve it.
The special body provides research in YHRM – Research and Monitoring Group. 

 

The most important researches have been provided since 2002:

Realization of a right to freedom of association in Russia (2006)
The research was held jointly with Interregional Human Rights Group and under support of Moscow Helsinki Group and “Legal Team”.
The aim of the research was to characterize the situation with the right to freedom of association in general.
Main instruments: questionnaires, interviews.
Details at: cons-meetings@hrworld.ru 

Publicproblemsandcivilrightsintheview of youth (2006)
The research was held under support of partner organizations: “Young Europe”, “Youth Human Rights Group”.
Objectives of the research:
to define public problems which are the most interesting for youth;
to define needs of youth (e.g. need in information, training etc.) for active participation in public problems solving;
to draw attention of youth to public problems and civic problems.

Main instruments: questionnaires, interviews, focus-groups etc.
Details at: t-research@yhrm.org 

Tolerance and education (2006) 
Research was held in a number of Russian regions. The main objective is to find out reasons and points where intolerance starts at school.
The main instrument – questionnaires.

New tactics of human rights defense and public actions in Russia and NIS (2006)
The research was held under support of the world project “New Tactics of human rights defense”
The main objectives: to collect new tactics of human rights defense and public actions, to promote new tactics and train activists to use them in practice.
Details at: http://www.newtactics.hrworld.ru 

Voronezh – Heroic City? (2005) 
The research was held in Voronezh, included opinion-polls on the streets, in schools and institutes, on-line questionnaire at www.victory60.hrworld.ru, referendum.
The aim – to define relation of Voronezh people to title of “Heroic City”.
Later the project “Voronezh – Heroic City” was continued by the project “Voronezh – City of Military Valor”.
Details at: http://www.victory60.vrn-net.org 

Research of foreign students’ situation in Russia (2005) 
The research was held within the campaign “Support to foreign students in Russia” and “Antifascism and tolerance” in 10 Russian regions.
The aim – to define situation with rights of foreign students in Russia and to work out strategy of public actions on the problem.
The main instruments: questionnaires, interviews, focus-groups, content-analysis etc.
Details at: http://www.fs.hrworld.ru 

Xenophobia and militia (2004) 
The research was held within the campaign “Antifascism and Tolerance”.
The research was held in Moscow, and the aim was to define the main violations of rights of foreign students by the representatives of law-enforcement bodies and by aggressive people. 
The main instruments: questionnaires and interviews.
Details at: http://antifa.hrworld.ru/research1-police.shtml 

Tolerance in education (2004) 
The research was held in a number of towns in central and southern regions of Russia. The main objective: to find out reasons and points where intolerance starts in school.
The main instrument – questionnaires.
Details at: http://antifa.hrworld.ru/research3.shtml 
   
What would you like to study? (since 2003)
The research became permanent in partnership with Free University
3-5 regions of Russia take part in the research.
The objectives: which areas of education are the most interesting for youth, to make young people think about their preferences in education, to propose changes to educational system according to interests and needs of young people.
The main instrument – questionnaires.

 

Monitoring of students’ rights violations (2003)
Monitoring was held within the campaign “Students’ rights”.
10 Russian regions took part in the research, another one was held in Ukraine.
The aim was to find out main violations of students’ rights, to involve students into their rights defense and into awareness campaign.
Main instruments: questionnaires, interviews, focus-groups, content-analysis etc.
Details at: http://www.students.hrworld.ru/ 

Monitoring of social-labor rights of youth violations (2003)
Monitoring was held within the campaign “Youth rights”.
The aim was to find out main violations of social-labor rights of youth, to involve students into their rights defense and into awareness campaign.
Main instruments: questionnaires, interviews, focus-groups, content-analysis etc.

Monitoring of violations of right to alternative civil service (2003) 
Monitoring was held within the campaign “Youth rights”.
The aim was to find out main violations of right to alternative civil service, to involve students into their rights defense and into awareness campaign.
Main instruments: questionnaires, interviews, focus-groups, content-analysis etc.

What are our brains littered with? (2003)
Mini-research was held within the project “Young citizens: from dialogue to cooperation”
25 Russian regions took part in the research.
The components of the research: “Xenophobia and state”, “Xenophobia and education”.
Research group put main questions: why modern youth in Russia is not enough socially active? What problems do they face and how those problems can be solved involving youth into non-profit activities?
Main instruments: questionnaires, interviews.
Detail at: http://yhrm.narod.ru/kseno/ , http://www.tolerance.hrworld.ru