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

On February 27-28 Kyiv Hosted the Second Meeting of the International Platform “Civil Solidarity”


The International Platform “Civil Solidarity” is a union of non-governmental organizations and civil groups in the OSCE area which aims are to work out common position on issues of fundamental rights in the region and influencing international mechanisms of fundamental rights’ defense in the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the UN. The founding conference of the Platform was held in Vilnius (December, 2011), before the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council.

The meeting, organized by the Centre for Civil Liberties, gathered more than 40 members from civil organizations. The participants discussed joint work on several areas: fundamental rights and defense of civil society in the region; human rights in connection with fight against terrorism; combating xenophobia and racism; cooperation with intergovernmental organizations; civil control over judicial system and law enforcement agencies; responding to crisis situations considering human rights.

The participants expressed their support to the work of the Committee on International Control over the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus, which meeting took place within the framework of the Platform. The experience of the International Observation Mission of the Committee will be considered as a model for missions of this kind which are to be created in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Another issue on the agenda of the Platform was a forthcoming presidency of Ukraine in the OSCE in 2013 and possible actions of NGOs around it.
Participant of the meeting, member of the YHRM Coordinating Council, Dmitry Makarov: “After the collapse of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights there is an acute need for region-wide platform for cooperation and joint response to crisis situations. In recent years we have seen many examples of how organizations of post-Soviet space rally their efforts in the field of defense of human rights and responding to new challenges. In this connection the platform “Civil Solidarity” is a continuation of the work of the International Civil Initiative (ICI OSCE) and the Committee on International Control. We hope that cooperation will continue in wider format and will be productive in displaying solidarity for defense of certain people as well as in assistance to civil groups in common work of defending and promoting human rights”.