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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


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AI press release: Moldova: Police fail to protect demonstrators yet again


Police in the capital, Chisinau, took no action yesterday as the Chair of Amnesty International's branch in Moldova, Igor Grosu, and several other participants of a peaceful demonstration were injured.

"It is not the first time that the police in Moldova have failed to protect demonstrators from unidentified attackers, thus violating the right to freedom of expression," said Nicola Duckworth, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director at Amnesty International.

"Law enforcement officials' tolerance of such behaviour casts doubt on the government's determination to uphold their international obligations for the protection of human rights."

The demonstration by Amnesty International Moldova, the Resource Centre for Human Rights (CReDO), Hyde Park, Promo Lex and the Institute for Human Rights was organized to protest against previous failures by the police to uphold the right to freedom of expression and to ask the Prosecutor General's office to investigate these violations. Shortly after gathering in front of the Prosecutor General's office in central Chisinau the demonstrators were attacked by about 10 masked men who punched and hit them. Igor Grosu was hit from behind and had to be treated in hospital for a head injury, requiring several stitches. A member of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights was punched in the face.

The demonstrators called the police immediately, but the police did not come to their aid. By contrast when Anatol Matasaru staged a one-man peaceful legal protest outside the Prosecutor General's office on 29 January police arrived within minutes to detain him. After the demonstrators had successfully chased off the counter-demonstrators the police again refused to come and collect the remaining evidence of the attack.

Amnesty International has been increasingly concerned that despite a new law on assembly which came into force in April 2008, police continue to restrict freedom of expression by detaining peaceful protesters, although most prosecutions brought by the police are not upheld by the courts. According to monitoring carried out by CReDO, police presence at demonstrations, the number of detentions and the use of force by police have increased since the new law came into force.

Amnesty International calls on the Prosecutor General of Moldova to investigate the failure of the police to defend the right of demonstrators who were acting in accordance with the law, as well as previous failures to allow demonstrations in accordance with the Law on Assembly.

4 February 2009