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

This year 24 groups of activists from 18 cities of Ukraine, Moldova and Russia participated in the Week. Such a big number of participants – more, than ever before – reaffirmed the importance of the issues and questions that were raised during the Week. The movie festival against hate in Moscow, the intellectual “What? Were?
In the early November 10 young Russian leaders, representing civic organiztions, came to Brussels with the support of Heinrich Boll Stiftung (Moscow and Brussels offices). Official purpose of the meeting was capacity building through acquaintance to the European institutions and policies towards Russia, as well as opportunities of Russian NGOs in Brussels on solving their problems.
For 2 days (November 5 through 6) the human rights education experts from all over Europe discussed the World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE) in the main building of the Council of Europe.
The representatives of the international Youth Human Rights Movement and the "Young Europe" international network took part in the meeting.
The first OSCE Youth Forum was organized on November 5-6 in Madrid on the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain in the framework of the country's chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2007.
Anna Dobrovolskaya represented the international Youth Human Rights Movement at the Forum.
Alexander Gorelik – the famous Russian Human Rights defender, honored lawyer of Russia, Doctor of Law, professor, the head of the department of criminal law in university, chairman of the Public Committee of the citizens; rights defense, member of the boar of support of the Youth Human Rights movement.
A regular meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, the body composed of the representatives of European youth organizations, took place on October 17-19 at the European Youth Centre in Budapest.
The website Human Rights in Russia at has become the victim of a major DDoS attack. This Distributed Denial of Service assault is a notorious means of closing access to a site by effectively inundating it
with a huge number of requests. The site’s system becomes overloaded, and therefore doesn’t open when Internet users try to access it. The attack was first noted around 21.30 on 21 October. The assault is ferocious with around 200 requests a second.
An interview with Andrey Yurov, the Honorary President of the International Youth Human Rights Movement

Karine Gantin (Paris, IPAM)
Karine Gantin: Good afternoon Andrey. Tell me please, what is the current situation in the realm of the protection of Human Rights in Russia?
Our Organization - one of the most active human rights organizations in the Russian speaking space "International Youth Human Rights Movement" has been declared "inactive" and was deprived of legal personality by court decision in Nizhy Novgorod, Russia on demand of the Federal Registration Service. The judgment has been passed on Jun.13 but organization learned about it just a few days ago – the hearings took place behind closed doors with YHRM not notified.
Dear friends! 20 July 2007 International Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) continues realization projects "Youth for Human rights: theory and practice of forming new generation of human rights advocates by means of enlightenment, training and joint activity" ( Institute "Open Society") and " Youth civil activity: international interaction and development" (National Endowment for Democracy - NED).
Dear friends and esteemed colleagues! We inform you that mailing-lists of Internanional Network Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) were changed in 19 july. As you know, now we have several basic mailing-lists: is obligatory mailing-list for all correspondents and participants of Network. This mailing-list consists of main and urgent messages from Administrative Center of YHRM.