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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

Be Loud Against Fascism! International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism - 9 November 2011


On 9 November, more than 130 organisations in 49 European countries organise over 250 activities in the frame of the "International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism".

To "BE LOUD AGAINST FASCISM!", commemorations, demonstrations, movies screenings, discussions, flashmobs, concerts are taking place Europe-wide - from Malaga to St. Petersburg, from Istanbul to Reykjavik -

Each year, the UNITED Network coordinates the biggest campaign of this nature and mobilises many groups and more than 100.000 individuals to show Europe a common front against hate ideologies and violence. The campaign aims to commemorate victims of fascist regimes, and to warn about the danger of nationalism, racism, antisemitism, right-wing extremism and neo-fascism today.

"'Never Again' is both a driving force and a watchword that must warn us that we must collectively ensure that fascism, propelled by a racialist view of the world must never, ever, be allowed to wield power again in any way, shape or form". [Graeme Atkinson, Hope not Hate (UK)]

We have to be aware that the existence and threat of fascism, antisemitism, racism and homophobia have not been defeated and have never gone away.

As an example, this year on 4 November, the "Day of National Unity", 10 000 people marched in Moscow, shouting "Sieg Heil" and "Russia for Russians".

The financial crisis is used all over Europe to fuel divisions in society. Statements such as "we have to look after our own people first" are reinforcing a culture of blame and creating a toxic environment against minority communities.

Attacks against the Roma population are becoming a fatal trend. In Hungary, the village of Gyöngyöspata hit the headlines for being home to violence from right-wing groups against the Roma population. Dozens of extremists marched into the village attacking the Roma population, imposing an environment of fear. Former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany said "there is no Roma problem, rather there is a Nazi problem."

Why this campaign on 9 November?
9 November 1938 marked the beginning of the "Kristallnacht" pogrom and is seen today as the symbolic beginning of the Holocaust, the policy of systematically murdering millions of people. It reminds us that the Holocaust did not start with deportations and concentration camps, but developed step by step. Nazi propaganda, hate speech against Jews and laws depriving Jewish citizens of their rights were the first steps which eventually led to the murder of millions of Jewish people and "enemies of the German state": homosexuals, criminals and "asocial" people, members of diverse religious communities, people with mental disabilities, political "offenders" such as communists and socialists and minorities like Roma and Sinti among others.

UNITED for Intercultural Action
The campaign is coordinated by 'UNITED for Intercultural Action' - the European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees. Within the UNITED network more than 550 organisations from a wide variety of backgrounds, from 48 European countries, work together in common activities and projects.

Press material:
List of Activities
Campaign poster
Campaign Information
UNITED website

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