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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

Russian Anti-nuclear Action Camp 2008


Anti-nuclear Action Camp 2008 will be held from 11 to 21 of August. It will take place near the city of Nizhniy Novgorod (400 km east from Moscow).

The main topic of the camp is the plan of Russian government to build 36 new nuclear reactors. One of them is going to be build near the city of Nizhniy Novgorod. Another topic would be nuclear waste imports to Russia from Europe. Different workshops, seminars and public protest actions will be organized during the camp.

The camp is organized by Anti-Nuclear Movement of Nizhniy Novgorod, "Ecodefense!", Youth Human Rights Movement and GROZA (Green Alternative).

We want to invite participants from all over Europe. You will have a chance to take part in an effort to stop re-birth of nuclear energy in Russia. According to latest public polls 78% of Russian population is against new nuclear power plants. 62% of population in Nizhniy Novgorod region is against nuclear power plants to be built. This camp is an attempt to force government to listen to public opinion, especially on topics which can affect lives of public. We want you to share your experience with Russian green activists which will come to this camp from all over the country.

Unfortunately organizers are not able to cover your travel costs. We are not sure yet if their will be any participation fee for foreign participants, but even if their will be any, they will not be high in any case.

Those who are interested in participation in this event we ask to contact Ivan Ninenko of Organizing Committee (responsible for foreign
participants) by e-mail: ivan.aka.falkon at

* If you would like to support organizers of the camp - please contact Organizing Committee about how to make donation. We do not accept
donations from governments or corporations. Please take into account that Organizing committee of camp is not asking anyone to send money
over internet. Only organizations mentioned in this letter may accept donations for the camp.