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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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Mark Twain


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PACE rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people: “The draft bill on ‘homosexual propaganda’ to be examined by the Russian Duma is an attempt to curtail fundamental freedoms”


Strasbourg, 24.01.2013 - “I was outraged to learn that a peaceful, authorised demonstration in support of freedom of expression and against a bill to prohibit so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ was violently disrupted in the city of Voronezh in southwest Russia”, today said Håkon Haugli, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people.

“Human rights defenders had organised a protest against the draft bill but a violent crowd physically attacked them, preventing the demonstration from taking place,” explained Mr Haugli. “The next day, in Moscow, a small group of LGBT human rights defenders staging a protest against the draft bill in front of the Duma were also attacked”.

“These and other aggressions are becoming increasingly common in a number of Council of Europe member states, often the same in which some politicians indulge in rhetoric against LGBT people and other minority groups. There is a link between verbal and physical violence. This is why politicians have a particular responsibility not only to refrain from inflammatory discourse but also to promote respect and a human rights culture, with their own words and actions. I call on all members of the Parliamentary Assembly and national parliaments across Europe to speak out against violence and hate speech”, he added.

“This draft bill is an attempt to curtail fundamental freedoms, on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. I call on Russian parliamentarians to seize the opportunity to stand up for the core values of the Council of Europe: human rights, democracy and the rule of law – for all”, concluded Mr Haugli.