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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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The Youth and Human Rights organizations of Belarus offered the Governmental Inter-agency Working Group on alternative civil service bill their proposals.
These proposals concern main approaches on conceptual content of future bills such as the definition of alternative service; reasons for the ACS provision; procedure of replacing military service by alternative civil service; period, characteristics, features and location of service etc.
The authors of the proposals are representatives of different Youth organizations: “Civil Forum”, “Young democrats”, “Movement of the Future”, “Young Front”; human rights defenders: “Law Transformation Center”, BHC and others.

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Dozens of youths arriving at the building of the National Library of Belarus on Thursday evening with pillows were arrested by police.

A youth organization called Historyka (Historical Studies) intended to stage a mass pillow fight there to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald that took place on July 15, 1410, with the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Litva (Lithuania) beating the knights of the Teutonic Order.


On June 13th the youth tradeunion group "Studentskaya Rada/Students Council" held the first of its kind conference "Students' Rights and Human Rights defending among Students, Present-Day Students".
On Sunday morning more than 30 students, representatives of various youth organizations and civil activists gathered at the International Educational Center to discuss what the Students' Rights are, Why do students need them, Who the Present-Day Student is and What his role and place in the Belorussian society is. Among the participants of the conference was Lada Burdatcheva, co-coordinator of the International Network on Students' rights.



Open Letter to His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia Kirill, the Blessed Metropolitan Vladimir, and to the Ukrainian and international community.

Your Holiness,


Kharkov municipal authorities proceed with the scandal deforestation of our city. Under different pretexts, they ceded vast areas in Kharkov Forest called Lesopark, Gorky park, Artem park and the whole area of Zustrich park to business corporations and individuals. Moreover, this squandering process is constantly gathering pace. The latest decisions of the city authorities have passed all bounds of political cynicism:



 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), undertook a visit of Mr. Evgeny Zhovtis in prison. Mr. Zhovtis is a founding member and the Director of the Kazakhstan International Human Rights and the Rule of Law Bureau, as well as a member of the Council of Experts of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) under the Organisation on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in charge of freedom of assembly[1].

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FotoDepartament Foundation presents the exhibition: "Yuri Ivaschenko. Uprooted." 4 July – 4 August 2010.

Exhibition Hall / Ground Floor
Art and Music Center at Mayakovskiy Library/ Nevskiy prospect, 20
The exhibition opens on 4 July, Sunday, 6 p.m.

This documentary photography exhibition is devoted to two ethnic groups – batumi kurds and ezidi. The scene – Krasnodar krai, which became the new habitation place after the forced departure from the former abode.


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 ...".


May 23 after 2 am Udmurt followers of Nazi ideology tried to set apartment door on fire, which is home to a famous anti-fascist activist Oleg Serebrennikov.

As activist told, neo-Nazis have made 11 shots from airguns in the balcony glass of his apartment, then they threw to the balcony burning old matter and paper. Fire damaged the things lying on the balcony, and caused severe smoke in the apartment. Fearing for his life and the lives of his relatives, Oleg Serebrennikov called firefighters.



Jock Palfreeman is a 23 year old Australian citizen who, before his arrest in Bulgaria, was a trainee soldier in the British Army.

Jock was arrested following an incident in which he had attempted to defend two Roma people who were being attacked by a group of men in an alleged racist attack, late at night near a metro station in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, shortly before Christmas 2007.
As a result of the incident in which one of the attackers was stabbed to death, Jock has been tried and convicted for murder. For this, he has been given a twenty years prison sentence but has leave to appeal.