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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

As the Ministry of Justice got scared by the possible protest of the lawyers and in what it has resulted

Aleh Aheyeu was Ales Mikhalevich’s lawyer just a little more than two months. He took the risk of protecting the interests of the presidential candidate, who was accused of the mass riots. Aleh Aheyeu was among those four lawyers, who at one stroke were deprived of their licenses in February last year. In the media there were just short reports about the pressure on the defenders of the "political" accused and there were no details. One year on we talk about what was really happening.

AR: What was it like to be the lawyer in the “19 December mass riot” case?

Valiantsin Stefanovich ordered to pay 57 mln. within seven days

Valiantsin Stefanovich, deputy chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” has received copies of court rulings ordering to execute the decision by Minsk Partyzanski District Court of 16 December 2011.
Under the decision, the human rights defender is to pay over 31 mln. of income tax, 22 mln. of fine and 2 mln. of state duties. In case of failure to pay the sum within seven days, the human rights defender may face compulsory measures, including confiscation of property.

International experts have assessed the response of the Belarusian authorities to the events of 19 December 2010

The “Final Human Rights Assessment of the Events of 19 December 2010 in Minsk, Belarus” has been issued for the anniversary of the events in the aftermath of the Presidential elections on 19 December. The advance version of this document in English was published on the website of the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus.

A video message from the participants of the action of solidarity with Ales Bialiatsky

On September 5, human rights and civil society activists came to the Embassies of Belarus in six countries to demand that Belarusian authorities release human rights activist Ales Bialiatsky. The participants of the action at the Moscow Embassy had prepared a video message.

Member of the Presidential Council announced persona non grata in Belarus


On August 27 at the intersection of Belarusian-Lithuanian border, the Belarusian border guards said to Yuri Dzhibladze, a member of the Russian Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, the President of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights, that he "was denied entry to Belarus".

The staff of the State Border Committee of Belarus informed the human rights defender on the ban of entry, providing no written rulings. They also did not place any stamp in his passport.  The incident occurred at the Border Crossing Point "Gudaguy." The human rights defender was heading to Vilnius on the coordination meeting of representatives of the Committee of International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus. The day before, in Minsk, Yuri held meetings with the representatives of Belarusian civil society. Dzhibldaze takes an active part in the Committee of International Control on several areas.

Civil Society Organizations Welcome a New OSCE Initiative on Human Rights in Belarus

11 April, 2011. Leading civil society organizations from Central and Eastern Europe and other countries of the OSCE region welcome launch of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism towards Belarus. An official letter sent by representatives of governments of 14 OSCE participating states to the representative of Belarus to the OSCE[1] says: ”Our view is that  a particularly serious threat to the fulfillment of the provisions of the OSCE human dimension has arisen in Belarus”. The authors of the letter insist on establishment, in accordance with the OSCE Moscow Mechanism, of a mission of independent observers to study the situation within the country after 19 December 2010. The mission would produce an independent and objective report based on facts, with recommendations and advice on improvement of the situation with observation of OSCE commitments by Belarus.

Russian journalist Alexander Lashmankin sentenced to administrative arrest in Orsha (Belarus). In response the journalist went on a hunger strike

The city court of Orsha settled the case of “disorderly conduct” in which Alexander Lashmankin was accused – a Russian journalist, editor of the news agency “Freedom”, which received official accreditation from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. The judge Ina Kokhav found the arguments of the charges convincing enough and sentenced him to three days of administrative arrest. The jailed journalist went on hunger strike.

Tonight about 1 a.m. in the town of Orsha, at the first station after crossing the Russian-Belarusian border, Alexander Lashmankin was taken off the train “Chelyabinsk – Brest” by the transport police officers – lieutenant Filippov and police officer Kurochkin. Originally the journalist himself, as well as the human rights defenders who called the transport line station of the Orsha district transport police department, where Lashmankin was detained, were not explained the reasons for detention.

Russians were taken to court: extend and don’t have mercy on

An author is an employee of the International observation mission Committee to control the situation concerning human rights in Belarus. Also a task is to observe uncover of the cases and a justice in criminal cases of the 19th of December
On February, 22th second criminal case was begun. The case concerns a participation in mass disturbances of the 19th of December in 2010. Artem Breus and Ivan Gaponov are citizens of Russia. Before they had already administrative offences for uncoordinated public action’s participation. They are charged with crime’s commission concerned the Article 293 of Criminal Code of Belarus Republic. Judicial session was in the district court of Moscow in Minsk.

The first criminal trial on the case of participation in the riots at the Independence Square on December 19th

 On February 17th in Minsk the first criminal trial on the case of participation in the riots at the Independence Square on December 19th took place. According to paragraph 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code, the penalty for this deed can range from three to eight years of imprisonment. The trial of the accused Vasily Parfenkov passed in a record quick time – within one day the court considered the evidence, listened to the arguments of the prosecution and defense and awarded a sentence (four years in penal colony).

Resolution Concerning Civil Society in Belarus

1. The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe: