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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

Russia is being propelled down a familiar tragic path: Statement from the International Society ''Memorial''


Thirty-eight years ago, on 30 October 1974, prisoners from camps in the Mordovia and Perm regions, along with those from Vladimir Prison, marked a 'Day of the Political Prisoner' for the first time in the USSR with hunger strikes and other acts of protest.

Today, when we mark the 30 October, we are observing not only this Soviet inheritance, renamed 'Day of Remembrance for Victims of Political Repression', but also a 'Day of the Political Prisoner' for those still imprisoned in modern Russia.

The events of the last few weeks have shown that, in their dialog with the opposition, the Russian authorities are determined to use the language of repression; arrests, trials, camps. Once again, as in the 20s and 30s, the experience of fabricated political trials is in demand, rumours are circulating about 'foreign agents', and there's a demand, it turns out, for the recent 'Caucasian' practice of kidnapping people and secret prisons.

Once again Russia is being propelled down a familiar tragic path.

We are not appealing to our leaders' sense of historical responsibility: it is evident that they lack such a feeling. We are not even calling upon the powerful Russian elite's sense of self-preservation: in order for such a feeling to exist at least a rough conception of reality is necessary, and the current elite entirely lacks this understanding.

We turn to society as a whole, relying on the maturity of the public. We have no immediate strategy ready to prevent Russia from slipping into new cycles of revolution and state terrorism. Together, we should look for ways to resist the senseless and self-destructive steps being undertaken by the authorities. We feel that the one thing in which all forces of society should be united, regardless of political orientation, is in the unconditional rejection of violence in all its forms. Above all, we need calm, wisdom and stability.

We can protect freedom by relying on justice, not on force.

The Governing Board of the International Society ''Memorial''

30 October 2012