Analytics and Interview

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

Docudays UA 2010: The 7th nomination of the best documentaries on human rights in Ukraine


From March 26 till April 2 there had been the 7th anniversary of the International festival of documentary on human rights “Docudays UA” in Ukraine. This year the audience could see the best 32 documentaries from Australia, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Israel, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Hungary and Ukraine.

The first festival “The Cinema Days on Human Rights” took place in 2003. The initiators were the Representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ukraine and Civil organization “The Center of Modern Information Technologies and Visual Arts” under the financial support of the International fund “Vozrozhdenie”. The members have proved that every single year the festival gains popularity, becomes more high-grade.

The program  of the present festival includes various competitions and events: professional and human rights competition, movies’ program of Ukrainian documentarians, program of the best movies of international human rights festivals, international human rights festivals, international documentary studio and special events as well, i.e. retrospectives, theme-based sections, master-classes of the leading documentaries’ masters, discussions, seminars, conferences and so on.

Honorary President of Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) and Director of Strategic Development of Moscow Helsinki Group  (MHG), Andrey Yurov held two discussions. During the discussion “Phenomenon of the Human Rights Cinema” on March 29, the film artists and human rights activists had been thinking of what the ideal documentary is from the point of view of documentarians and human rights activists. On March 31, during the “Does Art Belong to People?” they had been discussing the problems of observing the copyright and intellectual property products’ freely use. Three panels of judges had been working over the valuation of the presented films.

Creative panel of judges, presented by Patrik Barberis (director, France), Yacek Bravut (director, Poland), Vladimir Voytenko (film critic, Ukraine), Grit Lemke (director of international festival of documentary and animation film in Leipzig, Germany) and Sergey Lisenko (director, Ukraine), awarded the main prize to the movie “Mom Died in the Kitchen on Saturday” (director Maksim Vasyanovich, Ukraine). The human rights panel of judges included Arkadiy Bushenko (Head of the government of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human rights Union); Dementiy Belyy (Head of the government of Kherson regional organization “The committee of the Ukraine voters”); Anira Bronitskaya (the committee of repressed people’s defense “Solidarnost", Belarus); Olga Vesnyanka (director of the Ukrainian youth civil organization “Youth Human Rights Center”), the YHRM correspondent, Ukraine; and Olga Salomatova (Helsinki human rights fund, the international film festival WATCH DOCS, Poland).

The movie “Birma VZH – a report from the closed country” (director Anders Astergord, Denmark) was honored with the main prize of human rights competition. Over a period of eight months after the end of the Festival, the organizers will have been carrying out so-called “Travel Festival” in regions of Ukraine where the audience will see prizewinner-works.

For more details on the festival and its winners, see the website: