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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

Rally on Triumphal Square, an Interim Victory of the Civil Society


On October 31, 2010 at 6-7 p.m. the first concerted rally within the movement Strategy-31 took place. Around two and a half thousand people participated.

Lyudmila Alekseeva, one of the primary applicants, head of the Moscow Helsinki group, took responsibility for holding of the rally. Three human rights organizations - Moscow Helsinki group, All-Russia movement For Human Rights and Human Rights Center Memorial - stated that they supported Alekseeva and were ready to assist her in preparation for and holding of the meeting (

At 6 p.m. Alekseeva opened the rally with a brief speech, congratulated all the gathered with the victory of the Strategy-31.
Lev Ponomarev (For human rights) and Oleg Orlov (HRC Memorial) presided over the rally. Activists Boris Nemtsov (Movement Solidarity), Sergey Udaltsov (Left Front), Evgenia Chirikova (Movement in Defense of the Khimki Forest), Ilya Yashin (Movement Solidarity), Sergey Kanaev (Federation of Car Owners of Russia), Oleg Kozlovskiy (Movement Defense), Roman Dobrokhotov (Movement Solidarity), human rights activists Sergey Kovalev (Memorial, Institute of Human Rights), Lev Ponomarev, Yuriy Dzhibladze (Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights), Valeriy Borschev (Public Monitoring Commission of Moscow) spoke.
Katya Gordon spoke briefly and sang a song about the rally.

In conclusion of the rally Oleg Orlov read a resolution (see below) which was adopted by the overwhelming majority of the participants of the action.

Police behave properly, no one was detained.

The fact that it is possible to hold a rally legally and calmly in the center of Moscow at which authorities are assessed toughly, many opposition political figures and human rights defenders speak, is a proof of the fact that in current situation civil society can achieve its aims by pressing the authorities. This rally is just an interim victory. The participants of the movement are going to continue their fight (see point 4 of the resolution).

Resolution of the Rally in defense of Article 31 of the Constitution

Moscow, Triumfalnaya square, October 31, 2010
1. Holding of the today's rally is a big victory of the supporters of freedom and democracy in Russia.
2. We ascertain that the authorities still long to limit the right of citizens to the freedom of meetings stipulated by the 31st article of the Constitution of the Russian Federation. We demand from the president of the Russian Federation not to sign the amendment to the Federal Law On the meetings, rallies, demonstrations, processions and pickets recently adopted by the Federal Assembly.
3. We claim upon the supporters of the defense of the Constitution not to abase themselves by insulting each other. Such polemics splits the allies and weakens our common efforts.
4. Actions within the movement Strategy-31 will continue. The next action will take place on December 31, and we insist on the complete opening of the Triumfalnaya square for the picketers on this day and on taking away of the fences disfiguring it. We will insist not only on the concurrence of the rally but on the demonstration from Pushkinskaya to Triumfalnaya square as the demonstrations are also stipulated by the 31st article.
November 1, 2010
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