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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 EU must pay more attention to supporting civil societies in Eastern Europe


The international conference "Giving a stronger voice to civil society in the European Neighbourhood C Development of civil dialogue and partnership relations between civil society, national governments and EU institutions" was held at Brdo, Slovenia on April 2, 2008 in the framework of the Slovenian Presidency in the European Union.

The conference brought together around 150 civil society representatives from 29 European countries, officials from the EU Institutions, as well as experts from the region and the EU. Russia was represented by the YHRM participant Konstantin Baranov.

On April 1, at the informal roundtable before the conference, the NGO delegates from the 11 neighbouring countries (Western Balkans, Turkey and Eastern Europe, including Russia) presented the country reports on the state of cooperation between the EU, their respective national governments and civil society organisations, which were prepared as a result of the survey conducted in December 2007 C March 2008 (Russia country report, prepared by the YHRM and the "Young Europe" network is available at

The outcome of those country reports and conference debates resulted in Ljubljana Declaration, consisting of policy recommendations to the EU institutions and national governments (full text available at: The Declaration focuses on the following main points that need future improvements: listening to the civil society and involving it into decision-making processes; putting the partnership principle into practice and developing a long-term strategy for sustainable civil society development in the European neighborhood. This document is intended to contribute to the improvement of the dialogue between EU institutions, governments and civil society.

The conference is the continuation of the advocacy campaign carried out by ECAS (European Citizen Action Service, calling on the EU to develop a coherent and coordinated strategy towards sustainable civil society development beyond the EU borders. The concluding event of the campaign, which will take place in Zadar, Croatia on September 25-26, 2008, will review the EU and national governments response to the Ljubljana declaration.

Konstantin Baranov
International Service of the YHRM