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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’.
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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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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


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Report: European regional meeting on the World Programme for Human Rights Education

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For 2 days (November 5 through 6) the human rights education experts from all over Europe discussed the World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE) in the main building of the Council of Europe.
The representatives of the international Youth Human Rights Movement and the "Young Europe" international network took part in the meeting.

The issue of Human Rights Education (HRE) obtains more and more meaning all over the world. At different levels – in international structures, national institutions and separate regions – laws are adopted, concepts are developed and HRE programs are launched. But the more active the work goes, the more questions arise before the Human Rights "missionaries":
how to build the HRE system in such a way as not to do harm? Is it necessary to introduce obligatory lessons and courses of Human Rights? What to teach: Human Rights as a concept and ideology or certain working mechanisms of defense? Who is entitled to do it?

The European meeting on WPHRE did not have the aim to solve all those questions, but to formulate them and start the discussion. The representatives of the human rights and civil organizations, as well as governmental structures responsible for educational programs had the opportunity not only to exchange views on those controversial issues, but also to trace
the general steps in HRE programs' realization on national and international level.

At the eve of 2008, the year of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the participants of the meeting appeal to everyone to join the discussion of the programs of human rights and civil education.