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 March 26, 2010, Minsk Region Court will again consider the criminal case on Ivan Mikhailau who is charged with draft evasion


On March 9, 2010, a Panel of Judges of Minsk Oblast Court has considered a cassation appeal of Mikhailau against the sentence that was given to him by the Minsk Region Court and decided to submit the case for a repeated consideration. On March 10, 2010 Ivan Mikhailau who was convicted for his objection to military service out of religious beliefs, was released from the Zhodzina prison number 8 (Minsk region).

Mikhailau, being a parishioner of a Jewish messianic community “New Testament” and the oldest child in a family with many children, upon the grounds of his religious beliefs, denied military service and insisted on application of alternative (civilian) service to him, which goes along with provisions of art. 57 of Belarusian Constitution.

However, despite his demands of respect to his constitutional right, he was arrested on December 15, 2009 and put into a pre-trial prison ever since.

Belarusian and international human rights organizations and civil activists expressed their protest in relation to arrest of Ivan Mikhailau and submitted a range of public appeals into Belarusian supreme administrative bodies with the demand to release Mikhailau. A campaign of collecting signatories in support of Mikhailau was launched as well. 120 stakeholders from 9 countries participated in it.

On February 2, 2010 Ivan Mikhailau was considered a prisoner of conscience by “Amnesty international”.


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Public Campaign “For Alternative Civilian Service in Belarus”