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

You’re hero, aren’t you?


In 10 of August first meeting – discussion “Heroism and heroic deed. Death approach ” took place in Nizhny Novgorod. It was organized by Youth Human Right Group – Povolz’e, Movement “Young Europe” and Literary Club.
This format of developments is the part of enlightenment program of YHRG – Povolzh’e. For us is the place for meeting and consolidation for young activists as in civil , as in literary spheres.
Theme of relationships of person and system in works of V. Pelevin was discussed , writings of young authors were read out about phantom or reality of expectations and feelings, availability for activity and for changing. There were a lot contradictory opinions, but only for one question there were no arguing: these questions are to be answered, to be thought about. These questions are to find answers and to make decisions.
Participants tried to understand what does the heroism and heroic deed mean for them: is it making a sacrifice or impulse to change himself or make the world to be better? What will happen after heroic deed? What is the logic continuation after it? Is it a relevant question?
Eduard Malykin, one of Literary club founders, sad for the conclusion: “This project is made for uniting the young people, who try to find out for what they were born ad how to make changing... Public was intelligent, interesting and mixed. This fact gave us an opportunity to make discussion, but not to agree with everything being said”.
Another manager of meeting, person from YHRG – Povolzh’e, Irene Kozlovskikh made noticed that “This meeting for us is creating united space for enlightenment, advancement values and your activity, creative approach for trying to understand and changing of this world”.