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

Young people from Northern Caucasus study to solve public problems


From 10 to 15 of May in Kislovodsk (Russia) "Introductory Seminar on Human Rights” for young people from Chechnya and Ingushetia took place. The seminar was organized by the Committee "Civil Assistance" in the framework of the program for education in the sphere of Human Rights for the North Caucasus, which is implemented with support of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. The seminar was attended by 50 students and young members of public organizations. The seminar was conducted by experienced trainers: President of International Youth Human Rights Movement Andrey Yurov and chairperson of the Human Rights commission "Memorial" in the Komi Republic, YHRM Honorary Participant Igor Sazhin.

The training program consisted of three main thematic blocks: Human Rights, advocacy and problems of the Caucasus. The latter subject had particular resonance among the participants, indicating their desire to participate actively in public life of their region. Many young people are interested in the activities of the Youth Human Rights Movement, and expressed willingness to undergo internship at the International Secretariat in Voronezh, as well as continue study in the field of Human Rights.

During these days the necessity of events with young people from different regions of Russia to explore the life of the modern Caucasus, share experiences, overcoming stereotypes and establish dialogue and cooperation between young people and activists was discussed many times.

Tatevik Gukasyan

YHRM participant,

coordinator of the education program in the field of Human Rights

in the North Caucasus of the Committee "Civil Assistance"