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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The International Holocaust Remembrance Day


In the evening of the 27th of January the Great Hall of the Central House of Literary Men in Moscow was overcrowded. War veterans and pupils, teachers and students, politicians and cultural workers gathered in a token of memory about the six million killed people during the Holocaust.

In 2005 UN General Assembly declared the 27th of January as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In Russia the “Holocaust” Centre and Foundation in cooperation with the Moscow government, Israel Embassy in Russia, Russian Jewish Congress and other organizations have arranged memorial evenings since 1995.

This year on the initiative of the Moscow mayor the Department of Education offered all schools to conduct lessons for tolerance devoted to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The memorial evening was finished by awarding the winners of the VI International contest “Lessons of Holocaust – the way to tolerance”.

Iguda Bauer - historian and philosopher – the survivor of the Holocaust – said: “Memory about Holocaust is necessary in order that our children will never become victims, executioners or indifferent witnesses”. May be in these words we can find explanation – why the House of Literay Men was overcrowded on that cold winter evening, the 27th of January.