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

European conference "'Break our Limits' through Intercultural Action"


The conference of the "UNITED for intercultural action" network was held on October 23-28 in Baku. About 80 persons from
different countries took part. It was co-organized by the non-governmental organizations from Greece, Cyprus, Sweden and
Russia and supported by the Ministry of Youth of Azerbaijan and the European Youth Foundation.

Dmitry Makarov, the representative of the international Youth Human Rights Movement, at the plenary session "Anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial" presented the report on how the anti-Semitic rhetoric of the neo-fascist organizations has changed during the last years. The reports on homophobia and Romaphobia met the biggest interest of the participants. They also presented the successful practices of confronting the intolerance in Europe.

Unfortunately, due to the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia none of the Armenian activists could take part in the

The conference was held at the eve of the International week of awareness-raising actions "Crystal Night – Never Again!"
which is for 4 years organized by the YHRM in Russia and the NIS.
The Youth Human Rights Movement joined the organizing committee of the next conference of the "UNITED" network, which will take place in Stockholm (Sweden) in May 2008.