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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

Stop Kharkov Deforestation!


Kharkov municipal authorities proceed with the scandal deforestation of our city. Under different pretexts, they ceded vast areas in Kharkov Forest called Lesopark, Gorky park, Artem park and the whole area of Zustrich park to business corporations and individuals. Moreover, this squandering process is constantly gathering pace. The latest decisions of the city authorities have passed all bounds of political cynicism:

First, the decision to devastate a substantial part of Shevchenko Garden under a ridiculous pretext of building the Kushnarev Library without providing any books for it and with protests on the part of the Kushnarev family. Furthermore, the city has the Korolenko Region Scholarly Library that still remains in the emergency state. The real aim of the ‘library’ construction is to build another business-center in the city heart on the money of the Donetsk businessman Kolesnikov.

Second, the brutal devastation of the vast Lesopark territories under the pretext of building a road from Sumskaya street to Novgorodskaya street. To begin with, Novgorodskaya street already suffers from traffic jams. Besides, this road will create an extremely dangerous triple intersection with Dinamoskaya street and a hazardous intersection in Susmkaya street. Moreover, the construction project envisages building of a ‘tunnel’ under the Children’s Railway. In this case, the Children’s Railway will ‘temporary suspend’ its operations. With notice to the city authorities, Kharkov will simply lose its Children’s Railway.  The aim of this project is apparent: to allocate the great territory of Gorky park and then of the Children’s Railway area for building of ‘elite’ houses and various malls for the same ‘elite’.

In the past days Gorky Park has witnessed a confrontation between the forest defenders and gangsters recruited by the officials to destroy the city wealth. The vandal deforestation which started on May, 20th was stopped by proponents of numerous NGOs and by common Kharkov dwellers protecting Gorky Park and Lesopark.

Still, hundreds of trees were fallen in the course of the cutting which received no approval from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. In view of this fact, these activities are illegal and constitute a crime.

Kharkov dwellers desperately need recreational zones and fresh air. On the contrary, Kharkov authorities need a chance to steal several dozens of millions allocated for the road construction; they need new lots for cottages, VIP-clubs and private entertainment centers in place of cutdown age-old trees.

Contrary to the officials’ doublespeak, this construction bears no relation to Euro-2012. European countries have distinctly different standards and attitudes to green belts, especially to city parks, while Kharkov green belts, even Gorky Park, do not even have approved legal boundaries.


We demand the City Council and Kharkov Executive Committee to:

1. Cancel the shameful decisions on devastation of a part of Gorky Central Park and Shevchenko Garden.

2. Define the boundaries of all green zones in Kharkov.

3. Impose an absolute and permanent moratorium on any cession of Kharkov green zones and on their destruction under any pretext.

We call to all citizens to protect the nature and our and our children's health.


Please help us to save Kharkov forest and Gorky Park:

Send a letter to:

Acting Kharkov Mayor Gennady Kernes

7 Konstitutcii square, 61200, Kharkov ,Ukraine

 Send a letter to:

President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovich

11 Bankova str.,01220, Kyiv,Ukraine

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