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

We are experiencing an incredible presence of neo-nazi and neo-fascist organisations in our city from the past week to all May 2010.
International seminar “Overcoming the crisis of European non-violent methods. The philosophy and practice” organized by the Georgian NGO “Droni” took place in March in the Georgian town Bakuriani.
The Perm branch of the Centre for the Support of Democratic Youth Initiatives – the Youth “Memorial” continues to receive applications for participation in voluntary youth projects, which will take place in July - August 2010. Each of the events has its own specificity and the attractive aspects.
Youth meeting “Intercultural and Interreligious Diologue v.s. Hate-motivated Violence in Europe” took place on 21-26 April in Bakuriani, Georgia. This event was organized by “Union 21 century” – a non-governmental organization, which carries out socio-cultural projects and delivers monitoring of hate crimes in Georgia.
The spring session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) opened in Strasbourg. Almost all issues considered by it concern Russia – either expressly or by implication. The most important of them is the reform of the European Court of Human Rights which is for three years in succession blocked by the Russian Federation alone. Having despaired to over persuade Moscow, the Council of Europe member states have found a solution how to do without it.
On May, 5th the “Young Europe” international network together with the YHRM and a number of other organisations and networks are going to celebrate the Europe Day – anniversary of the foundation of the Council of Europe – by starting a new international project “Youth for open Europe!” devoted to visa practices of the embassies of the European countries in Russia. We search for people who are ready to help us with realizing our idea!
During the meeting of human rights defenders from the “Pamfilova’s Council” with President Medvedev, which took place on April 15th, many issues were discussed starting with independency of courts and up to beatings of human rights defenders. Concrete names were voiced as well.
We, correspondents and participants of the International Network – Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM), invite you to take part in creating the Civic Journalism Network. The Network is supposed to become a lively communicative ground, the space for discussing urgent social problems as well as the opportunity for implementing common projects in the sphere of civic journalism. We are eager to create new alternative media-spaces that would enable effective transmission of civil news, journalistic and analytical texts of high quality.
The pressure upon activists continues in Belarus. As usual, the state uses all the possible mechanisms for this purpose. In autumn 2008 – winter 2009 three activists: Ivan Shilo, Dmitry Fedoruk and Franak Vechyorko were conscribed to military service with rough violations of the Republic of Belarus legislation. It turned out that for Belarus state it was much more important to use the army as one more repressive mechanism than to bother about increasing the armed forces prestige.
The European Parliament accepted a resolution devoted to the problem of overcoming the heritage of totalitarianism in Europe. Inter alia, the Parliament urged “to support and defend non-governmental organizations, such as the “Memorial” society, in the Russian Federation”. * * * Full version of the text in English is available here
ECRI is pleased to inform you about the launch of its new website available at Following a complete transformation of its design and structure, information is now more easily retrievable and new content has been added. Among the website's new key features are a section with special theme files and a searchable HUDOC database, containing ECRI’s country monitoring reports and General Policy Recommendations.
Andrey Yurov, the Honorary President of the International Youth Human Rights Movement answered questions of "Human rights in Russia" portal about the situation with human rights and freedoms at the end of the year 2008. He sumed up the events of the passing year. In general the last year was symbolic.
Dear friends! Respected colleagues! The year of 2008 was rich in different events, both joyful and grievous. This year revealed new challenges to Human Rights and for the umpteenth time proved that the mission is "arduously possible" ) But we don't lose hope and believe that changes to the good are not only possible, moreover they are within our control! For the YHRM network this year was also peculiar because it became the year of the 10th anniversary, the year of resuming and rethinking everything cumulated and experienced during the past decade.
In the beginning of November the Youth Human Rights Movement received official notification that from January 2009 onwards it will enjoy participatory status with the Council of Europe. Such a decision was taken by the NGO Unit of the organization after reviewing the application submitted by the Movement in April 2008.
International initiative «Georgian-Russian civil dialogue» is proud to announce an Essay Competition, oriented towards perception of the conflict in South Ossetia, search for ways of overcoming the conflict’s consequences and evolution of peace in the region.