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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

Solidarity with Timur Tskhovrebov

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Timur Tskhovrebov, YHRM correspondent and civil society activist from South Ossetia, was attacked and beaten on July 24 in Tskhinvali (South Ossetia), because of his participation in the Georgian-Ossetian Civic Forum that was held on July 17, 2010 in Leiden (Netherlands). The Forum activists signed an appeal to participants of the Geneva talks, this appeal calls for assistance in solving problems of Georgian and South Ossetian civilian population. The activists insisted on top priority of humanitarian needs over political issues, this idea contradicts the official position of the Republic of South Ossetia authorities.
Timur Tskhovrebov recognized three attackers – the South Ossetian parliament deputies who are protected from prosecution by parliamentary immunity, that is why it seems particularly important to ensure effective and impartial investigation. Life and health of Timur Tskhovrebov are still at risk.

We ask You to lend support to Timur Tskhovrebov and to appeal the South Ossetia authorities calling for an effective investigation of this incident, as well as to the Russian Federation authorities in order to provide support for the investigation (Timur holds Russian passport as well as South Ossetian).

Please send appeals to:
Authorities of South Ossetia
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Please send appeals to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia, as well as copies of these to the President and the Attorney General. It is also necessary to send appeals to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and a copy to the Commissioner for Human Rights.
But be careful! When you send letters to South Ossetia, please make sure that you write the addresses exactly as we wrote them. Letters addressed to Tskhinvali go through Vladikavkaz, that is why it is important to write the exact address.
We ask you to inform us about the letters you have sent in order to know the number of appeals. Contact us:, indicating in the subject line - “Appeal on Tskhovrebov”. 

The programme "Solidarity" of YHRM International

Timur Tskhovrebov (born in 1958) – journalist, civil society activist in South Ossetia, one of the founders of the “Iron” party, editor-in-chief of the only independent South Ossetian newspaper “21Seculare ”, Chairman of the Union of ex-combatants in South Ossetia, one of the founders of the Georgian-Ossetian Civic Forum, that was established for the improvement of the socio-economic situation on the conflict territory, protection of human rights such as the freedom of speech and movement, settlement of family and other links destroyed because of severe travel restrictions and the return of refugees.