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


Education – stands for training young leaders of civil sector, multipliers and trainers on human rights, it supposes seminars and training courses, internships and distant courses, events on qualifications development and experiences exchange. It is very important part in work of YHRM.

Education is in some sense “a piece-work”. If a person comes to YHRM and wishes to study, we do our best to support him or her. Educational programs of YHRM suppose special scheme of participants’ selection (including work with aims), professional approach to training (including use of CoE manuals, experience of professional association of trainers “InterTraining”, Association “Training for Change” etc.), wide system of post-training support, assistance of supervisors, library etc.  

Most often even the smallest educational event is worked out and organized by the team of experienced specialists – this contributes to systematical approach to educational process, high efficiency end effect of “involvement”. This means that once participant comes to the seminar, he/she receives not only assistance in further efforts but also access to information on various possibilities to start civil activities and a chance “not to be lost”. When we see need in more mass approach we start development of a special program within another block “Awareness”. Anyway if to count participants only of educational programs, there are 700-1000 people annually. 


Within “Education” block we propose:

- seminars, training-courses: duration from 3-4 hours to 5-7 days, in a style of play modeling and lecture blocks, suppose obligatory practical part, for various target groups – schoolchildren, students, volunteers, experienced NGO leaders, teachers and lecturers, psychologists, lawyers, specialists in Human Rights sphere, employees of Ombudsmen offices, state human rights commissions and committees on human rights etc. Seminars take place in different cities in Russia and Eastern Europe, mainly in Russian;


 - distant courses: duration from 2 months to 1 year, suppose informational and creative blocks, sometimes – practical block, all courses are worked out by experts and specialists on civic education;


- internships: duration from 1 week to 1 year, for interns of any qualification, from various cities and states, with various aims and inquiries. Internships take place in offices of YHRM and partner organizations in Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia etc.


Group on Education and Awareness is in charge for realization of Educational programs in YHRM.

All work within “Education” is built in partnership with Free University within mega-program “Free University of Human Rights”.

Within this partnership following programs work:



School of Social Creation, Civil Activity and Human Rights “START”.

 Program of education and support to young people, who are ready to participate in activities to promote Human Rights and personal dignity.

 Includes presentation of various tendencies of social creation, civil activity and human rights work. 

Training courses, internships, work in laboratories and realization of own projects.

Main principle - “education through experience”.

Special program of School – “School of Tolerance and Civil Activity”.

In 2002 School “START” received recognition of Youth Program of CoE “Human Rights Education”.

Details at:


Program “Youth Institute of Development”

o Program “Open Civil Academy” – open lectures and awareness events:

o Program (School) for trainers and lecturers in the sphere of informal education;

o Training courses and seminars for activists and professional of civil organizations, including in following spheres:

- Human Rights:

- Leadership and management;

- Effective public actions;

- Self-development etc.

and also internships and international exchanges for young leaders.


Only for 4 last years within the Program there have been hold dozens of international and hundreds of regional seminars, training courses and conferences, more then 5000 participants have taken part in them, more then 300 have participated in internships and exchanges. 


 Programs of civil awareness and Centre of Distant Education on Human Rights and Civil Activity.

Distant courses and programs for socially active people, who can’t participate in training programs and Schools.

The main program is Distant Human Rights School , distant course of human rights and “practical law”. School was launched in 1999 and has become international.

Since 2004 we propose distant course “Approaches to informal and civil education”, which supposes creation of own educational course.

Video-school of Human Rights has been launched in 2006 in cooperation with Moscow Helsinki Group.



Network of Laboratories and Workshops.

 Space for training and practical work for students of Free University.

Any non-profit organization can get status of laboratory (“workshop”, “clinics” etc.).

Today the most priority themes for launching laboratories are:

- “Law” (law clinics);

- “Alternative Education”;

- “Projects management”;

- “Civil Journalistic”;

- “Public Actions”.

Details about Network of Laboratories and Workshops:


 Program of Informational Support and Development of Human Rights and Civil Education and Law Awareness.

Since 2006 YHRM participates actively in development of youth network on education in Human Rights sphere – Human Rights Education Youth Network (HREYN). The network was launched within realization of CoE training courses on COMPASS promotion.

Also YHRM realizes programs on development public human rights libraries, informational and PR-projects to support civil education etc.