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

St.Tatiana's Day: student holiday – for the student?


On the 25th of January, which is the traditional holiday for all Russian students, initiative groups of students from sociological (“OD-group”) and biological (“For humane education”) faculties of the Moscow State University (MSU) made a joint action of solidarity. The aim of this action was to attract the attention of Chancellor, MSU students and
general public to a complicated and stressful situation at the both faculties – law quality of education (sociological faculty) and violations of rules and laws (biological faculty) together with the administrative tyranny against teachers and students.

Activists in bright clothes with red balloons circulated informative leaflets about situation and collected signatures under the open address to Ministry of Education and Chancellor of the MSU Sadovnichiy. This performance and the idea in general were activly supported by the students from different faculties.

Later, during the festive Chancellor’s speech, activists chanted “No repressions at socfac!”, “Plagiarism is shame of the MSU!”, “No repressions at biofac!”, “No expulsions because of belief!”, “We have a right not to kill!”
When activists tried to approach the Chancellor and to present him a leaflet with the description of the situations at these two faculties, they were pushed out from the scene by forces of the Student Council of the MSU. The representatives of the SC MSU behaved in very rough way, tried to pipe activists down.

After street action in the building of the MSU the activists met one representative of the social faculty administration who played the main role in lawless expulsions. But he didn’t want to speak with them on this “festive” day and went away.
The activists had no intention to spoil this holiday. The action of protest is always forced action. Really guilty people are those who don’t want to solve problems in a proper way.