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

In Ukraine first student embassies for foreign students has appeared


At the beginning of March a project of Student Embassy was launched. The pioneers were three Ukranian higher schools: National Aviation University (Kyiv), National University ‘Lviv Polytechnic’ (Lviv), Gorbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University (Ternopil).

Student embassy is a group of students which represents international students’ community at the University. The main task of it is to include international students’ communities into the hosting society and support youth leadership education in and across minority communities.

The functions of the student embassy are the following:

  • to deal with foreign students’ adaptation and integration into Ukrainian society;
  • to set dialogue with administration and student self-government of the University;
  • to lobby for membership of foreign students in student self-governmental bodies;
  • to raise awareness about rights of foreign students and how to protect them;
  • to promote intercultural dialogue and teaching leadership skills.

Among future plans are those to get the status of student organization with its office to provide consultations and other services at the University, to introduce position of the Student Ambassador, to launch hotline of the “Student embassy”, to establish network of Student embassies in Universities all over Ukraine, to expand network of Student Embassies to neighbouring EU and non-EU countries.

Project “Without Borders”, NGO Center «Social Action» (Kyiv), Erasmus Mundus Program (Poland), etc are the initiators of the project under support of British Council in Ukraine.

More information about project and opportunity to join:,