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.  

Search on site


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

Anti-discrimination policies in Russia: a fairy tale or reality?

Дата публикации: 

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 organizers defined current problem in Russian society this way: “Because in the last few years discussion over issues of xenophobia, aggressive nationalism and hate crimes was updated, there is an urgent need in contemporary Russia to draw up new governmental tactics of counteracting and cutting off this complicated phenomenon”.

In the event participated famous researchers and human rights activists from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Netherlands.

Regardless of some attempts to create that sort of politics in the opinion of experts: “In reality there are not at all, or very weak developed mechanisms of defense of individuals against discrimination. Of course, one can accept this kind of approach: in order to defend every single individual and its rights it should be established separate, effective governmental politics counteracting xenophobia and hatred but these changes are not possible without common aims and consensual efforts of human rights and experts communities that have an influence on authorities”.

During the discussion there was remarked how specific and difficult is work on discrimination but also work on justification and overall possibility of changing its qualification.

Ralph du Long from UNITED for Intercultural Action (Netherlands) showed in his speech that investigation in case of hate crimes is, in fact, triple operation: first of all, you have to find a victim who would be determined to carry out his case to the very end, after that you have to force the police to work on it, and further - prosecutor’s office and court.

Considerable part of the event was devoted to European and American experience in the field of formulating of anti-discriminatory politics.
Nonetheless, Alexander Osipov from European Centre for Minority Issues (Germany) believes that, first of all there is a need to talk about transformation of society. American and European achievements - that are also significantly dubious - seem to result from transformation of society, not from legislation.