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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

Training in the sphere of human rights area as valuable approach and an art

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Between 17-20 of February advanced seminar aiming in preparing future trainers in the area of human rights took place. In the seminar participated representatives of various civil and human rights organizations from European part of Russia and from Ukraine and Belarus.

During 4 days young people could learn not only skills of training art but also discussed 3 rules which every trainer should, a priori, provide to people he or she trains in the area of human rights. The field of activity which was chosen for professional development by participants is very sensitive point in this sense that they have to choose what kind of values will be shared and promoted by trainer in his or her life. In this point the rule “You teach who you are” applies to every single day. For example, dictatorial training brings on cognitive dissonance and is clearly against human rights.
How sensitive is training art was introduced for participants by famous in post-soviet area and outside its borders human rights activist and long-serving trainer Andrey Yurov.
Theoretical preparation wasn’t left without putting it into practice. Participants all the time has been holding seminars and trainings for pupils and students in the fields of history and modern conception of human rights, preventing racism and xenophobia and other topics which help to develop human rights values. Some part of young activists took part in preparing methodological materials, spontaneously visited virtual museum of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and were engaged in other educational programs of Youth Human Rights Movement.

The seminar-training was supported by the fond “Memory, responsibility and the future” and in the scope of project “Civil organizations serving society: youth actions against racism, nationalism and xenophobia and for Human Right and inter-cultural dialogue” financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the scope of program MATRA.