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


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Open Letter to His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia Kirill from community of HIV-positive people of Ukraine


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,

With great respect we appeal to Your Holiness on behalf of the community of people living with HIV (further – PLWH) in Ukraine.
As you know, on 7 July, 2010 PLWH community held a picketing of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in regard to the decision concerning eviction of the clinic for HIV-positive people from the premises, situated near the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The above mentioned action had a wide resonance in the media and provoked comments from clergymen. The main attention of the press was on the statements f the Father Superior of the Holy Assumption Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Paul addressing HIV-positive people:
Quotes: "Would you like to have a disorderly house on your porch, near your home " and "For me, it is unpleasant to live next to someone, who sinned all his life, got all the diseases one can get, whereas I pray, I ask God for forgiveness ... And for this someone can "reward" me with some disease right here, on the territory”.
We are anxious about the statements taking into consideration the long-term and fruitful cooperation between All-Ukrainian Network of people living with HIV/AIDS (further – Network of PLWH) and the Orthodox Church.
Particularly, in December 2009 All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Network of PLWHA held a joint conference "Positive Faith – Partnership Development”, which laid the foundation for open dialogue and understanding between our organizations. The outcomes of the conference were affirmed by a resolution based on fundamental principles of the Christian morality: tolerance, love to one’s neighbour, compassion and provision of help to the sick.
In March 2010 members of the Network of PLWH were representing the world community of PLWH at the International Summit of the High Level Religious Leaders for responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, during which religious leaders of the world religions signed a commitment of their devotion to fighting HIV. The commitment ends with a call to strengthen joint efforts for overcoming the epidemics which should lead to a new world – a world of mutual respect, fairness, love and dignity for each inhabitant of the planet.
We honestly hope for support and blessing of Your Holiness of the further actions directed to overcoming epidemics and are expecting that the real position of the Orthodox Church concerning HIV-positive people will be delivered to the wide public and all representatives of the church.

Community of HIV-positive people of Ukraine