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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

Youth Network of civil journalism: the second birth

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Something very interesting happened in early June in Moscow: YHRM participants and correspondents - initiators of new born Youth Network of civil journalism managed to came together and worked out a common vision of the network development. 

From dozens of definitions of polysemantic termin of “civil journalism” Founding Fathers (Mothers) could made one, which reflect the content of creating community. All participants of meeting agreed with one point - that  civil journalism for us is a journalism which is proving values of human rights and freedoms in the media field.

In creative way of thinking Youth Network of civil journalism should create common institutions for civil activists in the sphere of media. During the meeting were stressed some priority directions - working  groups: a group on protection of free access to information, a group of solidarity with civil journalists who is under the pressure, an emergency response team on human rights violations, and, finally, educational group, which will prepare The School of Civil Journalism.

Besides education the Network is planning to create new and develop existing media projects. For example such publications of YHRM as “Open city” and “Right and dignity”. They are planning newsletter of the Network and human rights agency of information in Post Soviet area.

Network invites to participation bloggers and media activists, journalists and IT- specialists and all who want to see the field of media free and orient to protection of Human Rights and justice.