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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


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International Human Rights Network “Flare” will examine circumstances of road construction in Forest-Park


Michele Curto, President of the International Human Rights Network “Flare”, visited Kharkov to examine the felling of trees and the construction of a road through the largest urban park in the Ukraine. Michele Curto was informed about this situation by representatives of “Flare” in Kiev and regional representatives of YHRM in the Ukraine. The “Flare” Network (48 organizations in 24 countries) is engaged in the combat of organized crime, corruption and support for the development of civil society. Curto arrived in Kharkov to examine the situation personally and to support activists.
“Flare” showed interest in the conflict between authorities and Kharkov dwellers for the simple reason that officials connect the construction of the road through the forest-park to the preparations for Euro-2012, meanwhile, it is well-known, that large sports events are often only excuses for money laundering.
But all attempts of the “Flare” President to clarify the situation failed. Visiting the place of chopping, Curto, accompanied by the “Green Front” activists, noticed that without studying all necessary documents and materials on the road's construction, he cannot form an opinion about this problem. He promised to do so as soon as possible, because the pace of the road construction is rapid. Moreover, “Flare” intends to contact the office of the UEFA President Michele Platini to find out if this road is actually necessary for Euro-2012.

Maria Povorozniuk, the “Flare” representative in the Ukraine, commented: “The organization has the instruments to help activists – an opportunity to draw European community’s attention to this situation, to help activists to get in touch with European ecologists and officials lobbying the protection of the environment. However, “Flare” is still badly informed and will make a decision only after studying the documents”.