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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

The actions in memory of the victims in Armenia


On April 9 40 days have passed since the violent dispersal of the demonstrations in Yerevan, organized to protest against the disputable results of elections in Armenia. During this dispersal at least 8 persons were killed and several hundreds wounded. Besides, an unknown number of people were imprisoned.

On this very day, when the Orthodox believers usually commemorate their dead, the new president Serzh Sargisyan, who sanctioned the violence, had his inauguration. Up to the moment no actions were made to investigate crimes, many people are still arrested and the situation in general has not been cleared yet.

On this date, which coincided with the International Day of Youth Actions for Human Rights, actions of protest and memory were organized in three countries C Armenia, Russia and Ukraine.

8 actions in memory of the victims took place in Yerevan at 1 p.m. The actions were organized before the Constitutional Court of Armenia, the Public Prosecutor's office, offices of the Central Election Committee, the OSCE, the EU Delegation, the U.S. Embassy, Russian Embassy and French Embassy. Photos from the action are available at:, Video can be found here:

In Moscow, an action took place near the Armenian Embassy since 3 till 5 p.m.
In Kyiv the action in memory of the victims took place in Kiev near the Armenian Embassy. The picket was organized by the representatives of the World Youth Movement for Democracy and was supported by the Armenian human rights defenders and members of the Youth Human Rights Movement C Ukraine.

The participants didn't make any political demands. They held only white linen with black ribbons, carnations and candles. "We have nothing to say, everything was said. We don't understand what can be celebrated today", - says Anastasia Nikitina, the member of the WYMD Working Committee and the YHRM participant. Young people laid wreathes. In general about 30 persons from such countries as Armenia, Serbia, Great Britain, Belarus, Georgia, Norway, USA, Russia and Ukraine took part in the action.

The participants distributed leaflets in English, Russian and Ukrainian: "What is being celebrated, Serzh?" C was written on them C "40 days ago in Yerevan 8 people were killed, more then 100 were arrested to inaugurate 1 president today".
Photos from the action available at:

International Service of the YHRM