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

Iraq today: struggling for a better future?

Interview with Mohammed Thamir -Assistant Director of programmes (ATHAR Center For Development) AND Ali Nais -Board member (ATHAR Center For Development)

Reporter: First of all, which are main issues Iraq has to deal with today?

Mohammed : The most important challenges Iraq is facing today are administrative corruption, terrorism and the presence of U.S. forces.
Ali: In my opinion, the main issue is the process of internal and external displacement of millions of citizens because of sectarian violence and changes in the political system. Sectarian tension and related conflicts represent a real threat for all Iraqi people. Also, Iraq has become an arena for regional disputes between the neighboring countries and world powers (The United States and Iran). Terrorism has made over the past years thousands of innocent victims in my country. Nevertheless, financial and administrative corruption is not a less dangerous issue.

Cuban youth build democracy

Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina is the director of the Alternative Studies Center of the Cuban Youth for Democracy Movement. The Democratic Youth Movement was founded in 1994 in the city of Guantanamo, and works to denounce the violation of human rights. The movement is commited to defend freedom and justice in a peaceful and non-violent way.

Fight for freedom, fear of prison...

Prison is one of the main threats the Cuban human rights activists need to deal with.

In a phone interview from the city of Guantanamo, Cuba, Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina explained he was retained by state security police around 9 PM on the evening of 31 April 2008 and only released the next day around noon. He was escorted by a police patrol a few kilometers outside the city without knowing the reasons he was retained for. The next day (1st of May), he was set free, but no one can say for how long.