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

Third criminal case on demands of alternative civilian service in Belarus


On March 19, 2010, information appeared that a criminal case has been initiated against Yauheni Yakavenka upon Art. 435 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (“evading activities on draft to the army”). On March, May 22, 2010 young man is called upon by the crime investigator of the Central Region Department of Interior Olga Shupikova, this time as a defendant (accused).

As a reminder: a 25 y.o. resident of Gomel, Yauheni Yakavenka three times appealed to the recruitment commission of Gomel with a request to allow him implementing alternative service. All three times he was denied this possibility.

On February 11, 2010 Yakavenka was convicted by the court of Soviet Region of Gomel for failing to appear at the draft to the army (upon Art. 25.1.3 of the Administrative Code of Belarus). Judge Elena Dichkovskaya who was considering Yakavenka’s case, found him guilty and sentenced an administrative fee equivalent to USD 60.
On March 12, 2010, Gomel Oblast court has nullified the decision of the Soviet Region Court and submitted the case for a new consideration.

If materials are submitted to court, young man will be facing up to 2 years’ imprisonment.


Monitoring group of the
Public Campaign “For Alternative Civilian Service in Belarus”