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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



In January 2020 the Coordination Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement made a decision to close the Network, triggering a discussion about that decision among YHRM participants.

A year ago on November, 19th, 2015 the Honorary President of the Youth Human Rights Movement Andrey Yurov recieved prestigious Helsinki Civil Society Award.

Today, we pulish the speech he delivered during the ceremony a year ago at the Hague.

Andrey Yurov


Thousands of people around the world joined the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus civil society. Human rights defenders, civil activists, politicians, artists and ordinary citizens from 15 countries of the world took part in actions of solidarity on 4 August.


Чалавек можа ўсё. Межаў яго сіле няма, калі наперадзе агонь надзеі.
Гэта вельмі добра ведаюць гуманісты, фанатыкі і закаханыя.
A human being is capable of anything.
There are no limits to his force, if led by the light of hope.
This is very well-known to humanists, fanatics and lovers.
Uladzimir Karatkevich, Belarusian writer 


On 22 May 2013, the charitable foundation "International Project - Youth Human Rights Movement" (YHRM), whose office is located in Voronezh Human Rights House, received a letter from the Department of Property and Estate Relations of Voronezh City Administration that breaks their lease and enjoins YHRM to leave the premises. A similar letter was received on 17 May 2013 by the Confederation of Free Labour, an interregional trade union, whose offices are also located in Voronezh Human Rights House.


On 19th of December 2012, following the searches of the flats occupied by Voronezh-based activists, police officers entered the offices at Human Rights House Voronezh. They seized computer equipment, documents, disconnected telephones and shut off the electricity supply...


Few days ago the action “Crystal night - never again!” was finished. The action is organized every year in many countries from 9th to 11th of November and coincide with the International Day against racism and intolerance - 9th of November. In that day in 1938 pogroms of Jews in Germany started being called “The crystal night” and this way originated Holocaust.


On 18-21 of October Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) and UNITED for Intercultural Action organized in Moscow an international conference titled “Reflection on the past. Work at present. Dreams about the future: Developing ideas of Human Rights, humanitarian and antiracist initiatives”. A conference was part of the project “Civil organizations serving society: youth actions against racism, nationalism and xenophobia and for Human Rights and inter-cultural dialogue” supported in the framework of the MATRA program run by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the conference there were also separated events carried with help of participants of “The coalition for defending fundamental freedoms in Euroasia”.


During this week participants from Russia, Belarus, Macedonia and Ukraine got acquainted with formal and non-formal educational structures for intercultural learning, civil society initiatives and met with Dutch activists and officials to discuss and exchange good practice in anti-discrimination youth work.


On the 12th of October took place meeting of experts titled “Perspectives of anti-discriminatory politics development in Russia”. The event was organized by international Youth Human Rights Movement and United for Intercultural Action in the framework of common 3 years lasting project “Civil organisations serving society: youth actions against racism, nationalism and xenophobia and for Human Rights and inter-cultural dialogue”.


The imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski is likely to mark his birthday in prison – on September 25 he will be 50. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” suggests that everyone concerned join the birthday week actions.


During 3 days all participants together with Olga Skripnik from Center of Civil Education “Almienda” (Yalta, Ukraine) and members of Youth Human Rights Movement learnt how to assimilate media-texts by methods of organization of cinema clubs and conducting discussions after cinema shows.


International action “Stop racism” was organized in the scope of European-wide Action Week Against Racism by network United for Intercultural Action. The action is connected to International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination (21st of March).


On 4th of April representatives of NGOs and St. Petersburg authorities met at the round table. The event titled “Regional politics in the area of preventing xenophobia and hatred among youth: experience and perspectives” was organized in order to analyze, already well-established outside the city program “Tolerance”.


What is included in the definition of Hate Crimes and what is a counterpart of that European occurrence in Russia? What is treated as a crime and what not as far as hatred is concerned? Why Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights OSCE doesn’t treat as a crime hate speech, discrimination and genocide? What are indicators of hate crimes? All those and other questions were discussed by our participants during the seminar on prevention and reacting to hatred in St. Petersburg 1-3 of April.


Between 17-20 of February advanced seminar aiming in preparing future trainers in the area of human rights took place. In the seminar participated representatives of various civil and human rights organizations from European part of Russia and from Ukraine and Belarus.


The events have already taken place in Voronezh, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Barnaul, Kharkov, Luhansk, Gorlovka (Ukraine). The action will last till 27th of March.


“Who told us that we live in police states?
Nobody abolished the principle of equality and fraternity here”
Lyapis Trubetskoy and Louna
“Everyone has a right”


Racism must not be tolerated nor ignored - Lets confront it UNITED!

More than 250 coordinated activities organised by 187 grass-roots organisations and different groups in 48 European countries answered to the UNITED call to fight racism, discrimination and intolerance with non-violent action.

The discrimination and exclusion of minorities has a significant impact on society. Political exploitation, hate speech, biased media coverage of topics such as immigration and integration are too often utilised to split society along perceived cultural and religious borders.


As human rights and civil society activists, we are highly disturbed by the fact that certain local legislative authorities, namely in Arkhangelsk and Kostroma regions and in St. Petersburg, passed discriminatory bills.
We express great concern about the fact that on March 7th, the Governor of St. Petersburg signed the law against the so-called "homosexual propaganda" despite the fact that Vladimir Lukin, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, regarded such legislation as violation of human rights.


Ales Bialiatski, vice-president FIDH, head of the closed by authorities human rights center "Viasna" and YHRM Honorary Participant has finally been convoyed to Babruisk penal colony No. 2, after he left Zhodzina prison to spend eleven days in a detention center in Minsk, says the human rights defender's wife, quoting the penal facility's administration.


On february 6, 2012, a training “New Media and Civil Society” took place in Moscow. It was attended by 30 activists from NGOs in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The training was held by Dmitry Makarov and Maria Gordeeva.


From January, 29 to February, 5 Moscow Helsinki Group and Youth Human Rights Movement organized a universal seminar on human rights in Moscow.


This miracle happened at the end of World War II, January 27th 1945: the Red Army freed Auschwitz-Birkenau, the death camp on the territory of present-day Poland. Decades later, on january 26th 2012 Eva Minni Schloss, who was set free  in 1945 at that exact date, met with the soldiers-liberators in the Memorial Synagogue on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow.

In 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, but in Russia, the successor of the USSR, this day is not honored at the national level so far.


We are appealing to all the parties interested in the peace and security in this region of Moldova to endorse the following urgent actions:



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.


The Kremlin took another leap backward in 2014 by intensifying its crackdown on civil society, media, and the Internet, as it sought to control the narrative about developments in Ukraine, including Russia’s occupation of Crimea and its support to insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

Parliament adopted laws, and authorities engaged in practices, that increasingly isolated the country and inflamed a level of anti-Western hysteria unseen since the Soviet era.


Konstantin Reutski


Awareness-raising campaign on June 20, 2014 - World Refugee Day.

Every year on June 20 the World Refugee Day is celebrated worldwide to draw attention to the problems of people forced to flee their homes, saving their lives and seeking asylum in foreign countries. Today Chechen refugees constitute the largest group of migrants from Russia to Europe. The First Chechen War started 20 years ago in December 1994*.


(Moscow) – The Russian authorities should immediately ensure access to water and public transportation in a village in Sochi affected by the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a new video.


Mikhail Savva, a professor at Kuban State University and director of grant programmes at the Southern Regional Resource Centre, has been transferred from a pre-trial detention centre to house arrest.

According to Elena Savva, Mikhail’s wife, today’s consideration at the regional court of a complaint brought by federal human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin on behalf of defendant Mikhail Savva came as a surprise both for his family and his lawyers.


Members of the Human Rights Council and of the independent commission investigating the events of 6 May 2012 have sent an open letter to Vladimir Putin requesting amnesty for the 'Bolotnaya prisoners'.

"To the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin,

Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich,


In Ekaterinburg, one of the most active NGOs in the Ural region that was facing charges under the 'foriegn agent' law – Human Rights Information Centre – has won a court victory. A district court judge in Ekaterinburg, Irina Maiorova, ruled that the warning by prosecutors issued against the non-profit organization was unlawful, and bound Sverdlovsk region prosecutor’s office to withdraw its complaint.

The Human Rights Information Centre represents Memorial in the region and has carried out dozens of educational, historical and human rights projects.


The Supreme Commercial Court has officially criticised the presidential plan to create a single Supreme Court, which would mean making changes to the constitution. The business daily Кommersant has a copy of the Supreme Commercial Court's official reply in its possession.


The Prosecutor General's Office cannot terminate legal proceedings initiated against non-profit organisations pending an expected ruling by the Constitutional Court on this issue. So reads a response from the Prosecutor General’s Office to a request by the Human Rights Council, published on the Human Rights Council’s website.


The trial of Mikhail Savva, a professor of Kuban State University and staff member of the Southern Regional Resource Centre, began on Tuesday, 5 November, in Krasnodar. He stands accused by the Krasnodar regional FSB of fraud under two sections of Article 159 of the Criminal Code.

On the first count, he is accused of stealing grant money allocated by Krasnodar regional government for a sociological study and, on the second count, of not having given a course of lectures at Kuban State University. Savva's supporters are convinced that the case has been fabricated.


Address to human rights defenders and independent public actors of Russia, USA, Europe and other countries on the situation in Syria


Index on Censorship together with several other organisations have launched an online petition urging EU leaders to stop mass surveillance and to clearly and unambiguously state their opposition to all systems of mass surveillance including the US's NSA PRISM system and similar systems in several countries in Europe.


On 29 May, a magistrate of Kostroma Judicial District No. 1, Dmitry Tretyakov, declared that the Kostroma Civic Initiatives Support Centre was guilty of "violating the rules governing an NGO's activity and of acting as a foreign agent" (Part 1, Article 19.34 of the Administrative Offences Code).


The Levada Centre, Russia’s only independent pollster, is to cease receiving foreign funding, the head of the organization’s department for development Denis Volkov said in an interview with Vedomosti. The Levada Centre took this decision after prosecutors demanded in mid-May that it should register as a ‘foreign agent.’


In the Novokhopyor district of Voronezh region, private security guards have brutally beaten environmental activists protesting against the mining of nickel. The website of the Movement to Save Khopyor reports that the conflict took place on Monday evening at the location of the Elan nickel deposit, where a mining plant is beginning geological surveys.


"The definition of 'political activity' has no limits under this law" – Pavel Chikov


On 9 April the Russian Ministry of Justice initiated legal proceedings against the Golos Association In Defence of Voters' Rights and its Executive Director, Liliya Shibanova, for an administrative offence. A lawyer from the Agora Human Rights Association Ramil Akhmetgaliev is representing Golos.


"Many people who were alive at the time of Stalin's death and burial are still alive today. We have the opportunity to try to understand what happened to the country during those days."


The Russian Human Rights Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin has petitioned the Moscow City Court, which is due consider an appeal against the verdict handed to the members of the pop group Pussy Riot. The ombudsman has asked for the verdict to be declared unjust and to be overturned, Kommersant reported on 6 March.


On 30th January 2013 an “experiment on regulating access to the internet”, planned in the Kostromsky region, came to light. A certain group called “League for a Safe Internet” in conjunction with local providers is to conduct the experiment from February to April 2013.


St. Petersburg city hall has refused to allow an anti-fascist march to be held on 19 January on the anniversary of the death of the lawyer Stanislav Markelov and the journalists Anastasia Baburova.


The website of the Investigative Committee reports that the Bolotnaya Square investigation and the investigation into the preparation and organization of mass disturbances related to the reports contained in the TV documentary “Anatomy of a Protest-2” have been brought together in one case.


The Russian Ministry of Justice is seriously perplexed by the new law on NGOs. In its correspondence with the human rights association Agora, the Ministry stated that it was impossible to come to an unequivocal conclusion about whether the organisation is a ‘foreign agent’. Agora plans to use the officials’ reply in its appeal to the Constitutional Court. Other human rights defenders believe that the developments prove that the law, which was passed amid serious controversy, is invalid. They claim that the Ministry of Justice’s lawyers do not know how to apply this absurd law in practice.


The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, today called on the Government and civil society of Belarus to engage in an open dialogue with him aimed at the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.


The Federal Security Service has shut down 20 non-governmental organizations working in Ingushetia, accusing them of having links to the intelligence services of foreign states and collecting intelligence data.

22.10.2012 reports, citing the Investigative Committee, that the investigation into the five men suspected of the murder of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya has been completed. The suspects are the brothers Rustam, Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, Sergei Khadzhikurbanov and Lom-Ali Gaitukaev. The five have been charged with a contract killing by an organized group, related to the publicly beneficial activities of the victim, and also of illegal dealing in weapons.


On 7 October 2012, a picket was held at Moscow's Novopushkinsky Square in memory of Anna Politkovskaya. It was six years ago that the Novaya Gazeta journalist was murdered in the entrance to her apartment building on Moscow's Lesnaya Street. The identities of those who ordered the killing have not yet been established.


The Azerbaijani authorities should be invited to speedily solve the cases on a consolidated list of 89 alleged political prisoners by releasing or retrying them, according to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).


About 1,000 opposition protesters gathered in the center of Pushkin Square 5th of March chanting slogans. Despite thousands of riot police and special military units called into the city the main rally remained peaceful. Participants formed a human chain around the central fountain on the square. Police threatened to break up the protest, which the protesters said was legal, for almost an hour, before it began to dislodge the protesters by force and shove them into waiting minibuses.



Russia rejected most of the concrete and substantial recommendations done at the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, 20 September in Geneva as the result of the second circle of the Universal Periodic Review.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is one of procedures within the UN human rights framework that sees each state presenting a detailed report on its human rights situation for four years. Each country then accepts or rejects recommendations from other states and voluntary commits to actually implement the recommendations it accepted.


Russia keeps adopting repressive laws that further restrict freedom of expression and other fundamental rights of its citizens.


On Saturday, 18 May 2013, as reported by the Internet portal “7x7”, representatives of the national-patriotic movement “Northern Frontier” (Rubezh severa) tried to disrupt a public meeting of the Komi Human Rights Commission “Memorial” in Syktyvkar city, Republic of Komi.


To the President of the Russian Federation, V. V. Putin
11 April 2013

Dear Mr President,


Moscow Helsinki Group has published a report on the law ‘On the protection of children from information causing harm to their health and development,’ a law commonly referred to as the law on the ‘blacklist’ of websites.


On 6 February 2013 eleven Russian NGOs submitted an official application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg against Federal Law No. 121-FZ of 20 June 2012 “On introducing amendments to specific laws of the Russian Federation concerning the regulation of the activity of non-profit organizations acting as foreign agents” (below – the “Law on Foreign Agents”).


US Senator Benjamin Cardin has written to the Nobel Committee nominating the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Ludmila Alekseeva, for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Voice of America's Russian service, which has a copy of the senator's letter, reports.


Eleven Russian NGOs Submit Application with the European Court of Human Rights against the “Foreign Agents” Law


Strasbourg, 24.01.2013 - “I was outraged to learn that a peaceful, authorised demonstration in support of freedom of expression and against a bill to prohibit so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ was violently disrupted in the city of Voronezh in southwest Russia”, today said Håkon Haugli, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people.


On January 11, 2013. the Dzerzhinsky District Court in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Region (Oblast) presided by Judge Olga Khaydukova proceeded with the third session.


January 17, 2013 organizers of the picket against the law on amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences (Article 6.13.1) have applied to the center "E" (anti-extremism center), the Investigative Committee and the Administration of Voronezh city on the fact of threats to life and health of the protesters and counteraction to the public event.


On January 12, 2013, the head of the Central Asia programme of the Human Rights Centre “Memorial” Vitaliy Ponomarev received e-mails with death threats. Several messages were sent in both Russian and Uzbek from different e-mail accounts within about two minutes.


Editors of the website have now made it possible to view online material from the Ryazan Memorial Society’s unique documentary exhibition “Ryazan 1937. Black Jubilee”.


This morning Vladimir Andreevich Shaklein passed away at an untimely age in Ekaterinburg. He had recently celebrated his 75th birthday. It is normally public figures from Moscow that receive all the attention, but this time I would like to write a few words about a simple engineer from the Urals, who was really a living legend. And perhaps I will also help readers to better understand what is meant by the expression ‘old dissident’.


Svetlana Gannushkina: Yury Markovich Schmidt – our friend, colleague and defender – has passed away. We cannot say that his passing was unexpected: we all knew how seriously ill he was and how terribly he suffered. But this knowledge offers no comfort or preparation for the shocking blow of realising that something is gone and will never return...


On January 2, 2013 Alexey Kozlov, human rights activist and environmentalist from Voronezh, received another phone call with threats. The first call was on December, 5.


On Thursday, December 20, “Memorial” held a round table discussion on Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code. The Article envisions criminal sanctions for “incitement of national, racial, or religious enmity” and is part of the legislation aimed at combating extremism. Opponents say that the authorities more often than not use Article 282 to persecute their political opponents.


The premises of the Human Rights House-Voronezh were searched today by the police. Altogether eight plain-clothes police officers entered the premises, searching through all documents, but refusing to identify themselves and maintaining that they do have a search warrant for all organisations registered at this address (including commercial organisations and political groups). However, no search warrant was given to the representatives of the organisations.


On December 19, 2012, the State Duma of the Russian Federation will consider in the first reading a draft law banning the so-called “propaganda of homosexualism” nationally.


On October 24, 2012 the Khudjan city court approved the complaint of the local Department of Justice and delivered a judgment ordering the closing of the Young Lawyers Association “Amaro” (further – “Amparo”). The reason for the judgement was a discrepancy between the activity of the NGO and its charter.


Thursday, November 8, Russia’s Non-Governmental Organizations presented their report to the members of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) as part of the official hearings on Russian Federation’s compliance with the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.


Thirty-eight years ago, on 30 October 1974, prisoners from camps in the Mordovia and Perm regions, along with those from Vladimir Prison, marked a 'Day of the Political Prisoner' for the first time in the USSR with hunger strikes and other acts of protest.


On 22-23 of September the Moscow Helsinki Group held a conference for its regional partners. Moscow human rights activists were, naturally, also invited. This type of general meeting was necessary because the working conditions for human rights activists are changing dramatically, as incidentally are the circumstances in the country as a whole. Of course our colleagues in the regions are following events and are aware of the new laws, but if it is difficult for us in Moscow to fully understand how they will affect us all, it must be even more difficult for them to get to grips with. That was why the conference was organised, so that specialists could explain the essence of the new laws (on rallies, defamation, NGOs, and others), answer the questions which our colleagues undoubtedly have and to put our heads together to figure out how we can work in these new conditions.


On October 2, Ukrainian parliament passed through the 1st reading the Bill #8711 on so called "ban on homosexualism proganda".
In the frames of Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine, we prepared a text of appeal to the members of the Ukrainian Parliament
(under the reference in English and Russian).


The international project “Human Library” took place on 11th of August in Petrovsky book club. This time the role of “books” was played by: blind girl with her guide dog, emergency ambulance medic, former prisoner, emigrant, civil activist, vegan, child brought up at children’s home, anarchist and foreigner volunteer.


August 28, 2012 the staff of public fund "Kylym-Shamy" handed equipment to affected businesses in the south of Kyrgyzstan, sewing machines and welding machines for a total sum of 4150 dollars.


On 16 July 2012 HRC Memorial's network “Migration and Law” began work in Sochi. Visitors can receive free legal assistance at the Sochi reception point.


Brussels, The Hague, Vienna, Almaty, Tashkent 7 March 2012. A new 36-page report published today by a coalition of five human rights groups from Europe and Central Asia highlights serious threats to fundamental freedoms in the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Twenty years after the end of the Soviet Union, these countries continue to be ruled by authoritarian leaders, who have monopolized power, marginalized and silenced the political opposition and curtailed the rights of citizens to express their views, ideas and convictions.


From March 7th to 15th,  Sing for Democracy campaign coordinator Rasul Jafarov met with journalists, human rights defenders, politicians and experts in Germany and Austria to discuss the human rights situation in Azerbaijan.


On May 15, 2012, Sergei Kovalev, the Chairman of the Russian organization "Memorial", and Oleg Orlov, the Chairman of the Human Rights Centre "Memorial", wrote an open letter to members of the Presidential Council for Human Rights (text of the letter see below).

They call on colleagues to abandon the work of the Council under President Vladimir Putin.


On April 28, 2012, at a meeting with the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev in Gorki, members of the Human Rights Council under the President gave him a letter requesting him to use his influence to contribute to the release in Belarus of the human rights activist Ales Bialiatski. The letter was given to Medvedev at the end of the meeting.

See the text of the letter below.
To the President of the Russian Federation
D.A. Medvedev:
Dear Dmitry Anatol'evich,


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.


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.


The International Platform “Civil Solidarity” is a union of non-governmental organizations and civil groups in the OSCE area which aims are to work out common position on issues of fundamental rights in the region and influencing international mechanisms of fundamental rights’ defense in the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the UN. The founding conference of the Platform was held in Vilnius (December, 2011), before the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council.


The decision of the UN Human Rights Committee to acknowledge the right of Russian convicted presons to vote went unnoticed. Even in the time of never-ending election campaigns in Russia.
Prior to the elections to the State Duma (summer 2011) the UN Human Rights Committee came to the conclusion that Article 32 of the Russian Constitution, provided absolute deprivation of the right to vote of any individual sentenced to imprisonment, violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The right of the convicted persons to vote in democratic elections is violated.


We, civil rights activists of South Ossetia, appeal to our colleagues from Russian, CIS civic organizations  and also to the international community in connection with a current situation in South Ossetia.
In the last week the political situation in the Republic became strained, with the representatives of government and law enforcement agencies as well as civilians being involved.


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in the Russian Federation.

Brief description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by the Committee Against Torture about the judicial harassment against its Chairman, Mr. Igor Kalyapin, also Head of the Joint Mobile Group of human rights organisations in Chechnya (JMG).



On the evening of the 1st of August 2013 Russian OMON (Armed Unit of Interior Ministry), faces covered and equipped with machine pistols, in collaboration with the agents of Investigation Committee raided the touristic base “Russ” (13 kilometers from Apatity, in Murmansk region). An international youth forum, the “Vostok Forum”, was taking place there. The 30 participants of the Vostok Forum (15 residents of the European Union, 12 persons from Germany) and other guests were on the touristic base.



At least 38 Russian NGOs are found to be “foreign agents” as the result of inspections conducted by the authorities of the country. Here is a summary of administrative cases against and official warnings to organisations that are found to be breaking the “foreign agents” law.


Acting on behalf of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus (CIC), which brings together representatives of national and international civil society organizations and networks from the OSCE countries;
monitoring the overall situation with the observance of fundamental human rights in the Republic of Belarus;
emphasizing that human rights are subject of direct and legitimate concern of international civil society;
urging the Belarusian authorities to follow the undertaken international obligations on human rights, in particular, on the freedom of movement, including the right of everyone to leave any country, including his own, and return to his country,


Acting on behalf of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus (CIC), which brings together representatives of human rights organizations from the OSCE countries, as well as international civil society networks and organizations;
monitoring the overall situation with the observance of fundamental human rights in the Republic of Belarus;
emphasizing that human rights are subject of direct and legitimate concern of international civil society;
urging the Belarusian authorities to follow the undertaken international obligations on human rights, in particular, to guarantee the right to life,