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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

Human rights in the North Caucasus


From 20th – 22nd of September 2010 in Kislovodsk (Stavropol Territory) took place a seminar within Human rights school in North Caucasus. The school is conducted by the Committee “Civil assistance” in co-operation with regional representations of the human rights center of “Memorial” of three republics - Chechnya, Ingushetia and the North Ossetia. The lecturers were conducted by the famous legal expert, honorary president of YHRM Andrey Yurov and Igor Sazhin, the chairman of Komi Human Rights Commission “Memorial”.
About 20 young people from Chechen Republic took part in the seminar. Basically, they were students of various Grozny universities, who had passed a selection and had expressed their interest in human rights. The activities were focused on the topics: genesis of human rights, advocacy, a modern theory and mechanisms of protection of human rights and other issues. Some curators also participated in the seminar. The curators are more experienced participants of previous seminars, whom new participants could refer to for supplementary information, contacts and advice.
Due to the topic North Caucasus the seminar turned out as very vivid and emotional. The participants were presented a modern concept of international law and human rights as an alternative along with the system of traditional society with its laws. In order to understand it completely it was offered them from the very beginning to look at it most critically.
«In one of the lectures, among other things, there was presented an idea according to which the power is a manager whom we ourselves hire ourselves and consequently beacause of this one of our obligations is to ask, if he does it good or not. Many tried to understand it, listened with interest and asked questions, but others were shocked of the whole idea. The fact that the participants were addressed by such important questions, seemed very important to me. I really liked it that, when during en exercise ,where it was offered to choose the methods for problem's solutions, many guys began to mention absolutely nonviolent methods and also aimed at arrangement with neighboors or rivals. The very possibility of a violent solution for conflict situations emerged at the end of the conversation. I liked it a lot, that first came to mind models of peace conflicts resolution and problems solution», - said Anastasia Denisova, a member of the organization group of the seminar.

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