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

The final meeting between the representatives of the Russian NGOs with the European Union delegation on the evaluation of the Human Rights consultations took place in Moscow

Дата публикации: 

A meeting between the representatives of the Russian NGOs with the representatives of the Delegation of the European Union in Russia on the analysis and evaluation of the human rights consultations between Russia and the EU took place on June 29, 2010 in Moscow. Consultations were held at the end of March this year, simultaneously with the conference on the analysis of human rights activists’ situation and measures for their protection in modern Russia. The members and the honorary members of the YHRM International have taken an active part in these conferences during the last few years, since 2008.

The consultations with the human rights and civic organizations on the human rights situation in Russia are traditionally the subject of much controversy; primarily, because the format is not quite clear and that the tripartite dialogue with the Russian authorities and the representatives of the European Union is not possible, as well as the actual, effective interaction with the EU officials for the change of the human rights situation in Russia.

The event on June 29 was the final meeting on the consultations’ evaluation; its results would be the basis for the EU representatives’ report on the analysis of the consultations and the Dialog on the human rights in general. The participants voiced their recommendations on the consultations format changes. Anna Dobrovolskaya, the member of the consultations and the participant of the meeting, summed up the event:"Although the dialogue with human rights activists is a regular event in the process of the interaction between Russia and the EU, it's quite a "hidden" event at the same time, neither public nor legitimized. We try to advance our position in the way of that the Russian state will have to respect the opinion and position of the European Union. Human rights activists may help to build an interaction most constructively." It is not a secret that the political relations between Russia and the European Union are very complicated and human rights very often become a bargaining chip and an argument in a dispute, rather than a basis for cooperation.

Russian human rights defenders interact many years with various institutions of the European Union, primarily in for changing the situation with human rights in Russia, as well as for discussing the pan-European human rights context. And there is hope that the change in format of the consultations on human rights, along with the establishment of other mechanisms of interaction (such as civil society forum Russia - EU) will make cooperation in the field of human rights the cornerstone of cooperation between Russia and the European Union.

YHRM International Service