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


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Support the alternative NGO report on the situation of racial discrimination in Russia


The Russian anti-Discrimination initiative (RaDi) published an alternative report entitled “On the realization of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in the Russian Federation”.

The RaDi uniting such organizations as the Human Rights Centre “Memorial” (Alexander Osipov as the main author of the report), the Centre “SOVA”, the anti-Discrimination centre of the Saint Petersburg “Memorial”, the Foundation “For Civil Society” supported by the Centre for Development of Democracy and Human Rights, already submitted the report to the UN Committee for elimination of all forms of racial discrimination. The report will be reviewed together with the Russian governmental report at the end of July. On the basis of these reports and other disposable materials, the discussion with the Russian government delegation and the briefings of Russian and international NGOs the Committee will adopt its Concluding remarks and recommendations.

It is worth mentioning that 5 years ago the analogical report was issued by Russian NGOs. It was supported by more than 40 organizations, and this considerably contributed to accepting this report by the UN Committee as reflecting the viewpoint of a wide range of human rights organizations.

The Committee appreciated it as highly legitimate.