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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

Third Summer School for Human Rights

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The third Summer School for Human Rights came to an end on August 1, 2010 in Moscow. Traditionally, young human rights defenders and civil activists from Russia and other countries get together for a week to see and talk to each other about Human Rights: about approaches to the overall idea, philosophy, protection mechanisms and problems faced by the human rights community.
The third School set a record on the diversity of countries the participants originated from: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, France and Israel.
Looking around the audience in the training circle someone whistled: “Here we are, people from all over the world – from Bordeaux to Vladivostok”.
A lot of experts participated in this event – Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alekseeva, Chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group/MHG; Andrei Yurov, honorary President of YHRM and Chief of the International School for Human Rights and Democracy; Igor Sazhin, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission “Memorial” and chief-methodologist of the Summer School for Human Rights; Nina Tagankina, MHG executing director; Pavel Chikov, Chairman of the Interregional Human Rights Association “AGORA”; Sergei Pashin, founder of the Regional Public Association “Independent Expert Legal Council/IELC; Oksana Preobrazhenskaya, director of the Center for Global Protection as well as Dmitry Makarov, member of the YHRM Coordinating Council.
Like all the previous ones, for its participants the third Summer School became an opportunity to acquire knowledge, to see each other, to feel themselves as one community and to discuss main common subjects.
One of the School's participants commented:
The third Summer School for Human Rights is the most extraordinary educational event I have ever participated in.
The program of the School brings in line theory and practice: interactive trainings and work in small groups. The material, offered by the School's organizers becomes part of you.
But to me the most important thing is that the School gives a fantastic opportunity to feel that you are among like-minded, wonderful, not indifferent, enthusiastic and big-hearted people, who inspire you how to live and work. And it’s great!


Tatyana Tolsteneva,

Freedom of Information Development Institute