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

Sentence to Andrey Kim: Contradicts the Law and the Common Sense


Belarusian young activist Andrey Kim was sentenced to 1,5 years of jail by the court on a charge of participation in an unauthorized protest action (on January 10) and assault of the official of the State Auto Inspection (January 21).
On April 18 the independent observer Elena Tonkacheva after studying the materials of the case stated that there were no convincing evidences of his guilt.

The other figurants of the process were sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment. Two more were fined.
On January 10 protest actions against the Decree ?760 took part in several cities of Belarus (it obliges all individual entrepreneurs to hire not more than 3 persons, only members of their family). In Minsk the participants of this peaceful action were detained (27 of them C arrested, 23 C convicted). The next action was on January 21. During this one 30 persons were arrested C among them the activist of the youth organization "Initiative" Andrey Kim. He was sentenced to 15-days administrative arrest. He was also accused of using violence against a policeman.

On February 7 human rights defenders and famous public figures filed a petition to release the activist of opposition under their personal guarantee. On February 14 the Central court of Minsk didn't change its mind.
On February 29 Andrey Kim was accused of another criminal case C organizing and preparing actions destroying public order together with other 14 persons who participated in the action on January 10.

Andrey always had the opportunity to express his civil position openly. In 2007 he was an observer of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee. Then he became an active participant of the youth organization "Initiative", within which he arranged and supported actions of solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners.

The international community considers Andrey Kim a political prisoner and demands for his discharge (, - in Russian).