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

International seminar "Racism, xenophobia, discrimination. How we have seen them ... ".


On 27-28 of May in Moscow on base of the Center of History and Cultural Anthropology of the African Institute in the Russian Academy of Science took place the International seminar "Racism, xenophobia, discrimination. How we have seen them ... ".

During two days participants of the event were invited to consider the different sides of the same social problem named "racism, xenophobia and discrimination". The main blocks of the seminar were the following: "Racism, xenophobia, discrimination: new approaches", "Transformation of racism and xenophobia in contemporary Russia", "Role of the State in the manufacture of discrimination", "Racism, xenophobia, discrimination: the way we have seen them ...".

With the participants worked representatives of the Institute of African Studies, Centre for Franco-Russian Studies in Moscow, EHESS / CNRS, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH), Centre for Independent Social Research (St. Petersburg), Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Institute of Philosophy, Higher School of Economics (a branch in St. Petersburg), Smolny Institute of Free Arts and Sciences (St. Petersburg), as well as information and analytical center "SOVA".

Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance and YHRM Network were represented by their participants - Anastasia Denisova (Krasnodar) and Bertrand Akola (Voronezh, Russia - Congo). They have presented information and educational materials which reflect the activities of networks to other participants of the seminar.