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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.
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«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

"Crystal Night" as an occasion to remember the role of humanitarian values and ideas

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The Action week "Crystal Night – Never Again!" was traditionally organized by Youth Human Rights Movement with various partners. It was 6th time, when diverse organizations and initiatives joint the Week, this year they were from more than 20 Russian-speaking communities in cities of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Kazakhstan and Germany.

In 2010, the organizers formulated their aim as following: "Our task is to fill the social space as much as possible with signs of humanitarian ideas and values, which are the core of the anti-fascist non-violent alternatives". So, despite the fact that not everyone, who shares ideas of the action, was able to hold any public event, many people have made the Week significant by their posts in blogs, twitters, in social networks, etc.

In several cities thematic film screenings with further discussion were arranged, for example, in Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Saratov (Russia), Izmail (Ukraine), etc. Film Marathon against xenophobia, fascism and discrimination was organized in Murmansk (Russia),. In Moscow a traditional Youth Film Festival "Go and Watch!" - cinema against hate took place.

In Gorlovka and Izmail (Ukraine), Saratov and Volgograd (Russia) public discussions with youth were organized into local universities.
In Berlin, Nuremberg (Germany), Murmansk (Russia), Kyiv and Izmail (Ukraine) were held actions of commemoration– both in memory of victims of the past and those, who were killed and injured by neo-Nazis today.
In many cities (i.e. in Nizhny Novgorod, Voronezh, Murmans (Russia) etc.) were organized thematic lessons in schools.
In St. Petersburg, shortly before the action "Crystal night - never again!", the conference "Xenophobia, anti-fascism and neo-fascism in the contemporary social context" took place.

Among other things in Murmansk an exhibition of antiracist posters was organized. In Kirov (Russia) activists organized musical performance, presentation of the fashion collection, that was inspired by the tragic history of the girls in Nazi time). Anti-fascist graffiti were set up in Kazan (Russia). In Sochi (Russia) regional youth organized the action “Package for local Mayor” and sent a package with founded hate symbols and graffiti to the local authorities. The art-installation took place in the Pedagogical University of Voronezh. The regional Voronezh group also organized the debates under the title "The theory of humanitarian antifascism: a utopia or a recipe?". The competition of mini anti-fascist projects was held among students in Izmail (Ukraine). Students of the Institute of Foreign Languages of Gorlovka (Ukraine) were offered not only to wipe out "hate symbols", but also to participate in the essay contest.

All information in Russian is available here