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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

The 86-th Alexander Esenin-Volpin's birthday

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Today Alexander Esenin-Volpin is 86 years old. He lives in the Boston (USA), where he went in 1971 because of the conflict with the Soviet authorities.
Alexander Esenin-Volpin is a son of the poet S.Esenin and poet and translator N.Volpin.
After the arrest of writers Y.Daniel and A.Sinyavsky in September 1965 he, E.Stroeva and V. Nikolsky made the text of "Civil appeal" with an request to gather on 5 of December, 1965, at Pushkin Square in Moscow for the "meeting of publicity". Since this meeting, it's considered, the history of the human rights movement in the USSR has been starting.
At the end of 1967 - the beginning of 1968 he became one of the organizers of the petition campaigns concerning the "process of four, he consistently argued against violations of the law permitted in the course of criminal and mental harassment of dissidents, signed dozens of human rights documents
In November 1970 Alexander became an expert of the Committee of Human Rights in the USSR, and a half and a year actively participated in the work of the Committee, wrote a few reports (on the right to protection, on the rights of mentally ill patients, on the International Covenants on Human Rights).

Youth Human Rights Movement has joined the congratulations: "Many of us know and appreciate you and your contribution to the establishment and development of the human rights movement in the USSR. Your poem. Your ideas and thoughts. Once we have set a goal: educating a new generation of human rights defenders. And all 10 years of the YHRM project in our activity (education and training, as well as direct advocacy) we try to follow the ideas and values, which once we have heard from your friends and colleagues - members of the Moscow Helsinki group, writers and public figures who have identified for themselves and other people the border of state interference in private lives of citizens.
Now we understand that we shouldn't use singular in our goal, that the whole world need not one, but new and new generations of people, for whom human rights and freedom, human dignity are values and an indispensable component of life of any society.
That is why today we want to say THANK YOU - for your courage to be different and your honesty and openness in expressing your positions and views; for the fact that we have the answer for the questions of teenagers about who may be an example of an open, intelligent and non-violent resistance to pressure from the authorities”.