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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

The IV Summer Human Rights School took place in Moscow

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The IV Summer Human Rights School, which was organized by the Moscow Helsinki Group and the  International Youth Human Rights Movement from 3rd to 10th of July in Moscow, finished at last week. The School brought together human rights defenders and civil activists, volunteers and experienced NGO’s workers and those, who work in human rights state institutes.  

Participants of the School came from different cities of Russia: from Kaliningrad to Sakhalin - and all over post-soviet area. In a trainer teem were Andrey Yurov, the head of the School, Igor Sazhin, trainer and chief methodologist, the head of Komy Human Rights Commission of “Memorial”, Nina  Tagankina, the main expert of the School, executive director of Moscow Helsinki Group, experts of Ryazan Human Rights School  Sophia Ivanova  and Alexandr Bekhtold.   

The main blocks were about postulates of Human Rights theory, mechanisms of its defense, action technology to protection of public interests and key aspects of Human Rights defense. During some sessions participants learned Conception of Human Integrity, anti-discrimination methods,  xenophobia and racism especially in education.

On the 11th of July YHRM participants Dmitry Makarov and Anna Dobrovolskaya held seminar about new ways of using different media tools for Human Rights and civil interests protection. Moreover examples of successful using of new media in Human Rights protection were presented.

The presentation of organizations, which members were delegated to School, took an important place. There were legal clinics, Committee of Soldiers Mothers, Memorial Human Rights Center, Humanist Youth Movement, LGBT organization “Vykhod” (Coming out), “Man and Law”, Committee against torture, “Foundation of regional initiatives” and some others. Besides, workers of regional ombudsman institute and agents of the Federal Penitentiary Service Office.