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

The Human Rights Education Youth Network meeting in Budapest


The meeting of the participants, partners and friends of the Human Rights Education Youth Network (HREYN) took place from March 31 to April 6 in the European Youth Centre (Budapest). It was devoted to awareness-raising campaign named "The equality is needed".

Participants from more than 20 countries of the Council of Europe, representatives of youth and civil organizations, trainers in the sphere of citizenship and human rights education planned the awareness-raising campaign for 2008-2009, which in 2008 will be conducted in the framework of the European year of Intercultural Dialogue. The goal of the campaign is to bring up to date the problems of youth inequality in various spheres in different European countries, which is fixed at the legislative level and linked with stereotypes existing in our societies.
The main topics are: intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, racism, equality at the labor market, equality for people with limited abilities. A campaign for confronting hate speech will be carried out In Ukraine, Russia and Poland. Various awareness-raising and educational events for intercultural dialogue will be organized in the Newly Independent States area.

If you want to take part in the campaign, you can contact the Human Rights Education Youth Network at