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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Research among Russian NGOs


The workgroup of the program "Defending Civil Society in the Newly Independent States" coordinates in Russia a research initiated by our partners European Citizen Action Service, ECAS (Brussels) This research is a part of a wide campaign for better involvement of the civil society organizations of the EU neighbouring countries into foreign policy-making of the EU. It aims at gathering key information from CSOs working in Western Balkans, Turkey, Moldova,
Belarus, Ukraine and Russia on the implementation of the "partnership principle" as a tool for improving effectiveness of bottom-up strategies and empowerment of civil society. Pointing out shortcomings and obstacles occurring at the EU and national levels in applying the partnership principle in practice, this survey should result in more detailed recommendations and a background paper as how to make the partnership principle work.

The results obtained will be presented in April at the international conference in Ljubljana (Slovenia) organized under the Slovenian Presidency. This event is expected to result in a declaration on building up a sustainable "triangle" partnership relationship between civil societies of the neighbouring countries, the EU and national governments.

YHRM considers this research as a possibility to speak up about the problems and needs of the Russian NGOs at the level of the EU, which is Russia's strategic partner and has rather strong positions in negotiations with the Russian government.

Workgroup of the program "Defending civil society in the Newly Independent States"