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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


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Armenian journalists and civil society appeal to their colleagues worldwide to raise THEIR voices in defense of political prisoner Nikol Pashinyan

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Armenian journalists and editors have united in defense of their imprisoned colleague, Editor – in- Chief of “Haykakan Zhamanak” (Armenian Times) newspaper, political prisoner Nikol Pashinyan.
Editors and journalists of major Armenian newspapers and websites organized a protest action in Yerevan urging theArmenian authorities to stop the assaults against Nikol Pashinyan in prison and release him immediately. On November 23, a number of Armenian newspapers were published with the “Free Nikol” slogan on their front-page.
Nikol Pashinyan, 35, is a journalist and activist of oppositional Armenian National Congress movement and has been persecuted for his political views since March 2008. Pashinyan was imprisoned in June 2009 in connection with the dramatic events of March 1, 2008 in Yerevan that followed the February 19, 2008 rigged Presidential elections. The journalist is accused of inciting violence against the authorities and organization of mass disorders in breach of the law. The court trial was racked with innumerable abuses of the law, not least of which was the consistent violation of the principle of equality between the prosecution and the defense.
Despite the solid criticism the Armenian authorities received from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, European Union, United States Government and many other international organizations and foreign governments with regards to the trial and imprisonment of Pashinyan, the issue remains unsolved and Nikol Pashinyan is presently serving his three year and eleven month sentence in Kosh prison.
Recently, he has been subjected to physical and psychological abuses while in prison for his refusal to cease writing articles for his newspaper from the prison and for his continued criticism of the government. Pashinyan has been attacked 4 times in the last two months the most recent on the journalist took place on November 17. Two masked individuals assaulted him while he was asleep. Prior to any investigation of the case, prison authorities issued a statement proclaiming that nothings had happened and Nikol ‘has seen it in a dream.’ Only after the journalist presented them with evidence - his bed sheet with footprints of military boots and traces of blood - an investigation was actually launched. The threat to Pashinyan's health and life remains very high.
“We call upon our colleagues, journalists and human rights defenders worldwide to support us in our struggle for freedom and justice. We believe that actions of international solidarity will sober the Armenian authorities and empower Armenian civil society in its fight for Armenia without political prisoners,” says Isabella Sargsyan from Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Armenian Committee.