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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

Civil actions against racism and xenophobia in Kharkov


On the 27th of June 2008 the regional conference «Civil actions against racism and xenophobia» took place in Kharkov.

The Conference's organizers were the Kharkov charity foundation «Social service for help», Youth Human Rights Movement Ukraine, Youth Human Rights Group-Kharkov and Civil Freedoms Centre (Kiev).

The representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations working in Kharkov region in the sphere of resistance to xenophobia and intolerance were invited to this conference. Among them were the Administration of Migratory Service in Kharkov region, the Sector of Nationalities Affair of the Administration of internal politics, the Administration of the citizenship, immigration and registration of the natural persons GU MVD in Kharkov region, the leading Kharkov academies. National-cultural communities of Kharkov region, Kharkov city organizations of foreign students and citizens, Kharkov Human Rights Group, Centre of Human Rights «Drevo Zhittya».

Big NGOs of other regions and from abroad - for example: International Migratory Organization, International Youth Human Rights Movement and «Coalition against hate» working at the NIS-space were also presented.

During the Conference the situation with expression of xenophobia and intolerance in Kharkov and Eastern Ukraine in general was analyzed, the experience of authority bodies and intergovernmental organizations of Kharkov region, practices of Ukrainian and foreign NGOs in the solving problems of xenophobia and racism were presented. Many participants made reports, told about their activity, successes and problems, ideas and working projects.

The YHRM Honorary President Andrey Yurov presented development project «Coalition against hate» at the NIS-space. He pointed out the peculiarities of resistance network building against xenophobia at the all-Ukrainian and regional level.

Youth actions against racism and intolerance in Russia were presented by the Participants of the Youth Human Rights Movement Anastasia Nikitina and Irina Aksenova.

Reports were accepted with great interest and followed by dynamic discussions between participants of the Conference.

As a result of the Conference new suggestions on project development and perspectives of their realization at the regional level were considered. The Monitoring of the xenophobia, national intolerance and discrimination is being planned in Kharkov region in the framework of the All-Ukrainian monitoring.

Yulia Degtyareva
«Social service for help»