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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

Call to Action on Kirti: Two Tibetans killed, hundreds of monks detained

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The situation in Ngaba has worsened; please find below ICT's news report on the events of last night when more than 300 monks were detained and two elderly Tibetans who tried to stop this were beaten and killed. You can also read this story on

It's a holiday weekend in many parts of the world, but Beijing embassies will still be staffed and journalists are still writing stories, so it's vital this news is circulated as far as possible as quickly as possible.

1. Please contact Beijing embassies and governments asking for urgent, robust diplomatic action (demarches, calling in China's ambassador, sending our ambassadors to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc)
* calling for the crackdown to stop and security forces to withdraw.
* all detainees to be released immediately.
* for the area to be opened up to diplomatic observers and the media.
Please also ask your government for a strong public statement of concern. Contact details for Beijing embassies can be found here:

2. Protest: if there was ever a time since 2008 for China to hear our outrage, it is now. Tendor and people from Ngaba are outside China's New York consulate right now.

3. There are a number of actions people can support (let us know if there are more in other languages):
* International Tibet Network to World Leaders:
* International Tibet Network to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs:!/note.php?note_id=205981902760007
* SFT to Sichuan Party Secretary:
* Amnesty Urgent Action to Sichuan Officials:
* ICT to US Ambassador Jon Huntsman:
* (For people in the USA) SFT letter-writing action to Congressional Representatives urging them to raise the crisis in Ngaba with Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner who will be leading the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue (27 April).