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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


Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) activity is structured within thematic (programs, networks and sections) and methodological (teams) directions.


Blocks of campaigns, projects and actions, united by the joint theme.


Program «Defending Civil Society in the Newly Independent States» (2007 – 2012).  


The program is aimed at supporting civil society institutions and individual civil activists (mainly – human rights activists) in the NIS countries (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Central Asia, South Caucasus and Baltic countries). 


The program supposes the creation of informational resources, monitoring and analysis of the situation in NIS countries (first of all – in the sphere of fundamental human rights and the development of independent civil structures), as well as direct technical, organizational and methodical support of civil organizations and activists in those countries. It also supposes the creation of control mechanisms on the national and international levels, as well as forming of the wide solidarity movement of organizations from the region and beyond – first of all, within CIS, Council of Europe and OSCE. all>>>

Youth – For Human Rights and Human Dignity
- Campaign “Against the Death Penalty and For Law Humanization”
- Campaign “Law and Responsibility – for Law-enforcement Bodies” 
- Freedom of Associations, 
- Freedom of Meetings
- etc. 

Youth Rights 
- Campaign “Your Rights not to Fight”, 
- Campaign “Social-labor Rights of Youth”, 
- Campaign “Students’ Rights” 
- etc. 

Youth for Justice 
- All-Russian Civic Action “To Cancel Cancellation”, 
- ”For Available and High-Quality Education” 
- etc. 


Direction against racism and intolerance – series of actions “9 May – Day of Victory over War, Fascism and Violence”, “9-16 November. Never Again!” etc, 
Direction against totalitarianism: International Campaign “Anti-stalinism” etc., 
Direction against militarism and violence cult: Campaign “Your Right not to Fight!” 

- Campaign “Defense of Human Rights Defenders and Civil Activists”
- independent actions and mini-campaigns to support NGOs. 



In order to conduct work on major aspects and forms of the YHRM mission within the International Network YHRM, thematic networks that operate on the basis of provisions of the thematic networks MS YHRM are being created. Such networks can operate at different territorial levels, both within one country and at an international level, uniting the participants and correspondents of the YHRM community that are interested in a particular topic.

The overall objective of the Networks is to unite the efforts of participants of the YHRM community (individual and collective correspondents and participants) on specific topics, to increase their professionalism, to implement and develop social products (services / programs / projects) on the subject of the network more effectively. What is more, the participants of such thematic networks provide assistance and organize joint actions in complex cases which  involve network members.

The correspondents and participants can join following Thematic Networks, which already exist within YHRM:

Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance / YNRI

Youth network of Human Rights Education and Civic Enlightenment / HRECE

International Network for Students Rights / INSR

Youth Network of Civic Journalism / YNCJ

Youth Network for Nonviolence and Culture of Peace / NNCP


But if you think that there’s another Thematic Network, which needs to be created in order to solve some social problems; and if you're ready to become one of its initiators, please contact the International Secretariat (, so that we can provide you with our support in implementing these ideas.


Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance / YNRI



YNRI is a community of people, civic groups and organizations that believe in non-violent opposition to racism and intolerance.
Our main activities are educational and training programs and campaigns such as “Crystal Night - Never Again!”, “Stop Racism!”, translation and adaptation of interesting techniques (e.g. Baustein), collection of different materials in the vaults of the “Anti-fascist archive of nonviolent action”, development of the School of Human Integrity and Enlightenment, monitoring, solidarity campaigns, and many other interesting topics that are important to the network participants.

The Network has grown from the local anti-fascist groups that have started to operate since 1996, first in Voronezh, then in the Black Earth Region. In 1999 the section “Tolerance” was created within YHRM. In 2004 the section was transformed into the Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance.
Today it includes participants from 13 countries - Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Congo, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and South Ossetia.

Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance implements joint projects with the European Network “UNITED for intercultural action”, the Anne Frank House, the Free University,  the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG); it takes part in the creation of the International School of Human Rights and Democracy, works with the Youth Directorate of the Council of Europe, participates in Tolerance and Non-Discrimination program and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. It is also a member of the Coalition against Hate. The Network took an active part in the European youth campaign  “All different - all equal” (2006-2007).


Youth network of Human Rights Education and Civic Enlightenment / HRECE



HRECE represents people, which teach other people to protect themselves and resolve social problems, promote ideas and human rights values with the help of seminars, film discussions, trainings and information meetings.

Traditionally, education and enlightenment are the primary work fields for YHRM. In addition, they represent the most important means of social changes. There are lots of educational campaigns, that are conducted individually by network correspondents and participants and by YHRM as a whole. YHRM as a whole as well as its correspondents and participants of the network conduct lots of educational programs and educational campaigns. After years of work we gained a lot of experience; especially with our particular approach to human rights education and concrete actions to protect public interest. We created the network HRECE to pool the efforts and help each other.

The aims of the network are the following:

- to formulate common approaches to human rights education and civic enlightenment;

- to learn about human rights education and enlightenment, including learning from each other;

- to organize joint educational programs andeducational campaigns;

- to search for additional resources for developing common educational programs;

- to collectively participate in external events on behalf of the network, as well as in communities involved inhuman rights education;

- to foster integration of formal and informal education in the realm of human rights.


International Network for Students Rights / INSR



INSR represents student activists and all those, who are interested in protection of students' rights, human rights issues and in students’ initiatives in our cities and countries. Within the framework of the network students are open to help and support each other.

Furthermore it is mandatory to agree to the network’s Declaration in which its main values are formulated. They are:

- aspirations of students for freedom and protection of human dignity;

- student solidarity and the principle of mutual help and support;

- training and free creativity.

The aims of the Network are:

- to support students and students’ groups in their activities connected with human rights protection, freedom and human dignity  at the universities and beyond;

- to promote Human Rights values among students, as well as values of freedom and human dignity, education and free creativity, solidarity and mutual help;

- to conduct joint actions upon protection of student rights and human rights at the Universities and beyond;

- to create space for free learning and creativity;

- to implement  information exchange between network participants.

As of today the network incorporates more than 100 people from 9 countries - Belarus,Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

We invite everybody to join our educational campaigns (November 17 – “International Students’ Day", September 1 – “Student! Know your rights! ") campaign of solidarity (with foreign students), mutual learning in the student's school about what we have to think about.


Youth Network of Civic Journalism / YNCJ


YNCJ is rising slowly but confidently. At the moment the activity of the YNCJ team is hardly tangible.

Youth Network of Civic Journalism is a community of people, whose aims are:

-         to promote human rights and civil society issues in traditional and new media;

-         to protect the value of freedom of speech and the right of access to information;

-         to support each other, learn from each other, exchange ideas and tactics for work and to search for like-minded people.

Despite the difficulties and changes in the network we still remain optimistic about its future and have several plans for its development. We are looking forward to seeing everybody who wants to contribute to its development.


Youth Network for Nonviolence and Culture of Peace / NNCP


NNCP is one of the oldest networks of the YHRM, which has existed since 1999. Actions and campaigns "The right to peace", "Children of War - Children of the World", "My right is not to fight!" etc. are becoming the catalyst of the network. One of the first cases of the network has become active collaboration, joint activities and programs with the All-Russian coalition of NGOs "For a Democratic ACS (alternative civilian service)". Promotion of the idea of alternative civilian service instead of a military service remains one of the main activities of the network.

Educational materials, manuals and the like are issued within the framework of NNCP. But everything is just a beginning, or it begins again. Challenges that have to be faced by the civic society (the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008 -, ethnic conflicts with hundreds of victims in southern Kyrgyzstan (Osh, Jalal-Abad) in 2010 etc.) indicate failure of peacekeeping initiatives and the absence of real civilian responses to systemic violence.

So the Network is now facing a new quest – the quest of new meanings, ideas, decisions, and, most importantly, people who would be interested in Peacemaking in the XXI century.


Section of Vote Rights 
Defense of right to vote, elections observation, awareness etc. 
The youngest YHRM section, which was launched in spring 2003.

ECO-section (ecological rights section)
ECO-section of YHRM work on programs “Nuclear Safety” and “Food Safety”, which are aimed at control and public resistance to proliferation of nuclear and biological technologies, and also – to support local ecological and “green” initiatives of members and partners. 
Since 1999, annual month to boycott corporations’ products take part in Voronezh, including informational actions and discussions on corporations’ policies. 
Jointly with “Eco-defense” there is published Russian version of news-flash of World Information Service on Energy (WISE). This newspaper is published and disseminated widely among journalists and ecological organizations on the territory of NIS and Baltic.
Section participated in the campaign against pipe-line near Baikal (2006).

Team in YHRM unites participants of YHRM who joined on the basis of interest to some type/form of civic or human rights activity.

Education Team 

Research and Monitoring Team 

Public Campaigns and Actions Team 

Public Relations Team