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

Lyudmila Alekseeva is recognized as a person to be known and heard across the country


Lyudmila Alekseeva, a famous human rights activist, chairwoman of Moscow Helsinki Group and an honorable chairwoman of the Public Council of international Youth Human Rights Movement has been mentioned as one of “100 Individuals to be Heard and Known Across the Country” by the journal “The Russian Reporter.”
“The Russian Reporter, relying on the selection criteria such as colleagues’ feedback, person’s achievements and activities, investigated the personalities of reputable activists in ten professional networks that have impact on the society as a whole” is stated in the preface to Issue 37 of the journal as of September 23, 2010. Lyudmila Alekseeva is in the list of “10 Public Activists.” “She has always had a wise stance – protection of people and their rights and reduction of violence in the society have been more important for her than political dispute,” the project authors summed up in her personal profile.
Number one on the “10 Public Activists” list is Igor Kalyapin, Director of the Russian interregional Committee Against Torture. Besides human rights activists, the list includes Chulpan Khamatova, distinguished actress of the Russian Federation, Natalia Kaminarskaya, executive secretary of the nonprofit “Donors’ Forum,” Elena Topoleva, director of the Agency for Social Information, Ella Pamfilova, and various other public activists. It is important to note that it is quite rare that “The Russian Reporter” appraises human rights activists.

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