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

SING FOR DEMOCRACY: A campaign in anticipation of Eurovision 2012


From March 7th to 15th,  Sing for Democracy campaign coordinator Rasul Jafarov met with journalists, human rights defenders, politicians and experts in Germany and Austria to discuss the human rights situation in Azerbaijan.

The main purpose of his visit was to discuss mechanisms for the promotion of human rights before, during, and after the 2012 Eurovision song contest.
On March 9th, the German branch of Reporters without Borders organized a joint press conference for Jafarov and German ombudsman Markus Löning. Journalists from news sources supported by the Azerbaijani state such as Azertaj,, also attended the conference. Meetings in Germany were organized by the Institute for Democracy Media and Cultural Exchange (Dusseldorf-based German NGO). The Austrian media also reported on Sing for Democracy (SFD) and its various activities.

On March 12th, Jafarov, together with Austrian politicians Ulrike Lunacek and Marko Schröder, met with Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Austria, Galib Israfilov.

On March 14th a representative of the campaign met with Human Rights House Network (a Norwegian-based NGO) and officials from the European Broadcating Union (EBU). The meetings discussed the human rights issues (especially freedoms of expression and media) in Azerbaijan, and emphasized the importance of EBU’s action regarding the human rights situation in the host country for Eurovision 2012.

Sing for Democracy Campaign
Baku, Azerbaijan
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