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

January Events

Date. Event
10 January Day of coming into force of Peace Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended World War I.
27 January Holocaust Memorial Day. - 

 On this day in 1945, the prisoners of the Nazi Auschwitz (O?wi?cim, Poland) concentration camp were liberated by the Soviet troops.

March Events

Date. Event
08 March International Women's Day. -

In 1975 this date was designated by United Nations as an international holiday. On this day in 1857, the demonstration of women garment workers on the streets of New York against poor working conditions and low wages was dispersed by the police.

21 March Hospitality Day (Scythian New Year).

April Events

Date. Event
08 April International Roma Day. -

On this day in 1971, the 1st World Romani Congress in London set up a holiday to celebrate diversity and protect cultural heritage of people from this nomadic ethnic group. This holiday also promotes the ideas of tolerance and Human Rights.

09 April International Day of Youth Actions for Human Rights.

May Events

Date. Event
05 May Council of Europe Founding Day. -

On this day in 1949, the Treaty of London that later became the Statute of the Council of Europe was signed.

12 May Helsinki Movement Day. -

On this day in 1976, Yuri Orlov and his comrades established a group to monitor compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act in the USSR. The Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) was the first Helsinki Watch organization in the world.

28 May Day of Amnesty International. -

On this day in 1961, British lawyer Peter Benenson called for an international campaign against “prisoners of conscience” after he read about two Portuguese students sentenced to seven years in prison for the crime of raising their glasses in a toast to freedom. From this efforts Amnesty International, the largest Human Rights organization in the world, was born.

June Events

Date. Event
20 June World Refugee Day -

World Refugee Day, celebrated by the United Nations since 2001 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and to coincide with Africa Refugee Day.

26 June International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, designated by the UN in 1997.

Jule Events

Date. Event
06 July Day in Memoriam of Jan Hus -

Day in Memoriam of Jan Hus (b. 1371), the Czech philosopher and religious thinker, revolutionary and martyr. On this day in 1415, he was burnt at the stake for not abandoning his beliefs. The movement inspired by his ideas became one of the brightest examples of social protest in the Middle Ages.

August Events

Date. Event
01 August OSCE Day. -

On this day in 1975, the CSCE (Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe), was created. In 1995 it became the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

06 August Day of Actions against Use of Nuclear Weapons. -

Day of Actions against Use of Nuclear Weapons. On this single day in 1945, the Japanese city of Hiroshima was destroyed. According to different estimates, a nuclear explosion killed anywhere from 90 to 140 thousand people.

26 August The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen -

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved in 1789 by the Constituent Assembly of the French Revolution. The Declaration has become one of the fundamental Human Rights documents.

28 August “Day of a dream” -

On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous «I have a dream» speech in front of a civil-rights rally of several thousands during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A year later, the Congress passed Civil Rights Act that prohibited segregation.

September Events

Date. Event
01 September Day of Struggle for Peace. On this day in 1939, World War II, the bloodiest war in history, broke out.
08 September International Day in Memory of Victims of Fascism. -

The goal of this day is to oppose to the ideology of fascism the ideals of international solidarity and friendship between peoples. It is held each 2nd Sunday of September.

29 September In 1941 in Babyi Yar took place the most mass extermination of people in Europe, occupied by the Nazis. -

On this day more than 30 thousand Ukranian Jews perished. Babyi Yar, situated on the outskirts of Kiev, became a symbol of people's extermination not in the «camps of death», but in their domicile, in the sight of the rest of the population.

October Events

Date. Event
10 October Day in Memoriam of Marek Nowicki. -

On this day in 2003, a well-known Human Rights activist, founder of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights,Warsaw and creator of a School for Human Rigths activists from all over the world, Marek Nowicki died at the age of 56.

24 October United Nations Day. On this day in 1945, the UN Charter came into force.

November Events

Date. Event
17 November International Student Day. -

On this day in 1939, a student demonstration in Prague, occupied by German forces, was violently suppressed.

December Events

Date. Event
10 December International Human Rights Day. -

On this day in 1948, the UN Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global enunciation of human rights.

18 December International Migrant’s Day, designated by the UN in 2000.