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

Protect Journalist Agil Khalil!


The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety remains extremely concerned about "Azadlig" Newspaper correspondent Agil Khalil. Yesterday two important trials related to Agil Khalil and "Azadlig" Newspaper started, and many others will be scheduled in the near future. In light of this, IRFS has prepared a special report on A. Khalil's case. The report includes background information, a timeline regarding Khalil's case, and the history of pressure on "Azadlig" Newspaper. This report can be downloaded here.

The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety calls on the local and international communities to join us in demanding:
Reinstatement of the criminal case on the 22 February beating of Agil Khalil in "Zeytun Baglari," and the pressing criminal charges against the two men identified in pictures and video from the incident as National Security Ministry officers Akif Chovdarov and Dagbeyi Allahverdiyev.

Dismissal of the completely fabricated criminal case for stabbing Agil Khalil against Sergey Strekalin (Article 127: Intentional infliction of minor bodily harm), and the conduction of a completely new investigation into this case under the Criminal Code Article 126: Intentional infliction of serious bodily harm (there is no article in the Criminal Code with the wording "attempted murder," although that is what we and others, including Miklos Haraszti believe applies here) to find Khalil's true attackers.

Pressing of criminal charges against those who are manipulating/falsifying Khalil's case
Continuation of the protection being provided to ensure Khalil's safety for as long as the journalist feels his life is in danger as a result of these two incidents; the 22 February beating and 13 March stabbing.
Removal of the ban on traveling in place for Khalil.

Appeals can be sent to:

President Ilham Aliyev
Office of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic
19 Istiqlaliyyat Street
Fax: + 994 12 492 0625
Salutation: Dear President

Minister of Internal Affairs
Lt.-Gen. Ramil Usubov
Ministry of Internal Affairs
7 Husu Hajiyev Street
Baku 370005, AZERBAIJAN
Fax: + 994 12 492 45 90, +994 12 492 7990
Salutation: Dear Minister

Prosecutor General
Zakir Qaralov
Procurator General; 7 Rafibeyli Street; Baku 370001, Azerbaijan
Fax: + 994 12 492 32 30 (if someone answers ask for a fax tone)
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General

Prof. Elmira Suleymanova
Office of the Ombudsman
40 Uz. Hajibeyov Street
Fax: + 994 12 498 8574