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 Youth Unites to Combat Organized Crime (Poland)


On January 15-20 the second international meeting of the newly formed FLARE (Freedom, Legality and Rights in Europe) network was organized in Krakow (Poland). International Youth Human Rights Movement representatives took part in the meeting.

FLARE unites NGOs from such countries as Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Italy, Romania, France, the Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, etc. It was initiated last year by two Italian NGOs: "Libera" (Liberty) and "Terra del Focca" (Land of Flames) which deal with the organized crime problems in their country. It is supposed that the new network will act
on all the Western part of Eurasia and deal with the issues of freedom of information, eco-crimes, arms trade, drugs and human trafficking.

The peculiarity of FLARE is that it was initiated by the Italians who are traditionally oriented on combating the organized crime and have great experience in this field. The main motivation to form a network was that mafia all over the world is operating across borders and its force is multiplied as a result. Not a single national government is able to
confront it, moreover, many of them are themselves corrupted. That is why the only way of resistance is a cross-border association of citizens and mutual support.

During the meeting in Krakow the participants planned their future activities in thematic groups. Thus, in the "freedom of information" direction it was decided to launch a program of solidarity and urgent support of journalists and bloggers suffering from the pressure of authorities. FLARE already received support from a number of EU structures. The next meeting will be organized in Turin (Italy) in March.

For more information on the results of the meeting and opportunities to join FLARE please visit the network site: