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

Movement against police lawlessness


Police put pressure on participants of the action against police lawlessness on April 11 in Moscow, Russia. The reason of taking this action was the beating of a group of young people in the police department "Sokolniki" in the evening of April 4. The action was organized by the victims and their friends. The main slogan was: "Stop the police lawlessness". The action opened the week of actions against police lawlessness in different cities of Russia.

The main aim of the picket was to attract public attention to the problem of respect of human rights, police torture and inactivity of doctors in the face of victims of police attacks.

On April 18 about 250 persons marched from the Pushkin Square to the metro station "Belorusskaya", a week after beating the participants of the picket against police lawlessness by the police.

The peaceful demonstration of informal youth, civil activists and young human rights defenders met neither police, not OMON opposition. But it was supported by drivers and passers-by.

The demonstration was organized by an action-group of anarchists, anti-authoritarian activists and antifascists to protest against police lawlessness. The demonstration took the passing part of the Tverskaya street. Those passing by car signaled in agreement with young people and took photos. The march was held under the slogans "Down with police lawlessness!", "Down with police state!", "Our fatherland is all the humanity!", "It is a shame to be the "ment"!" and others.