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

Project presentation "Anti-corruption WebRoom"


On the 9th December, 2008 in the "ROSBALT" press-centre a presentation of the joint project of Transparency International – Russia and Youth Human Rights Movement "Anti-corruption WebRoom" (ASK), which is aimed at reducing the level of everyday corruption, took place.

Project was presented by Elena Panfilova, the director of Transparency International – Russia, and Ivan Ninenko, the "Anti-corruption WebRoom" project manager, participant of the YHRM, member of the "Legal Team".

Ivan Ninenko: "We were building and building, and finally we have built it. Today we officially launch the ASK portal. There's a lot more to be built, but we are going to continue this process together with you".

The web-site concept supposes the activity of participants in its further filling. Users will have an opportunity to share their experiences in the sphere of solving difficulties with bureaucrats with the help of legal methods, to publish new forms and documentation, as well as fill in the information about the authorities in their region.

Ivan Ninenko: "As a result, you won't have to look for hours for documentation necessary to convince a bureaucrat to sign. ASK is created for citizens who face a bureaucrat, don't want to give a bribe and prefer to be prepared to such a communication. By registering and writing about your experience you save time and nerves for yourself and other people".

At the web-site you will find useful instructions for actions in different situations, document forms, which are needed to follow this or that procedure; important laws on the activity of authorities; addresses, phones and timetables of different instances.

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