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

Join the international Week of awareness-rising actions against antisemitism, xenophobia and neonazism "Crystal Night - Never Again!" (November 9-16)

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The "Coalition against hate" invites you to join the common action against xenophobia, neo-Nazism and antisemitism and to support the annual Week of awareness-rising actions "Crystal Night - Never Again!", which will be held November 9 -16.

The number of hate crimes as well as the level of their cruelty is on the rise in our countries. The attacks are carried out by neo-Nazis or radical nationalist organizations, young skinheads and right-wing extremists who choose migrants, foreign students and representatives of ethnic minorities (including Jews) as their most frequent victims.

That is why joint efforts by Jewish and human rights organizations aimed against such xenophobic attitudes and antisemitism are very important.

We think it essential to launch an international long-term campaign against antisemitism and neo-Nazism. This year we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Night of the Broken Glass (Crystal Night), and the Week of awareness-rising actions marking this tragedy is a good occasion to start such a wide-range campaign.

We offer cooperation and joint action to groups, and particularly youth groups, interested both in participating in the events of this Week and in arranging a long-term campaign against antisemitism.

The "Crystal Night - Never Again!" Week is a week of awareness-raising events and activity against xenophobia, antisemitism and neo-nazism, a week of relevant conferences, round-tables, expert-meetings, competitions, concerts, seminars, movies and documentaries screenings and discussions.

Every year dozens of youth/adult human rights, Jewish, national and educational organizations take part in this Week.

For more information about The Week of awareness-rising actions "Crystal Night - Never Again!" see website

tel/fax: 8 (4732) 54 55 30
Irina Aksenova
Aleksandra Nazarova

"Coalition against hate" is a partnership of international and national Human Rights advocacy organizations, designed to combat neo-Nazism, xenophobia and antisemitism. It was launched by the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union (UCSJ) – USA, Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) and the International Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM). At present the coalition includes more than 50 participating groups from different countries.


Leonid Stonov, Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union (UCSJ)
Daniil Meshcheryakov, Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG)
Anastasia Nikitina, International Network «Youth Human Rights Movement» (YHRM)
Andrey Yurov, Coalition Against Hate