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

Actions and Campaigns

YHRM actions and campaigns in 2006-2007




Campaign “Against Death Penalty and For Law Humanization”

Support measures to ratification of Protocol#6 of European Convention of Human Rights in Russia and resistance to cancellation of President’s moratorium; forming up negative public approach to death penalty and involvement youth into activities against death penalty. Strategic goal of the campaign is humanization of Law Enforcement and Penal Systems.

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Campaign “Law and Responsibility – for Law Enforcement Bodies”

Assistance to creation of informational-legal service (“hot line”) under the aegis of Ombudsman in Russia with support of Ministry of Internal Affairs and civic organizations. 

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Campaign for Freedom of Associations


Campaign for Freedom of Meetings




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Campaign “Your Right not to Fight!”

Creation of resources system to assist in rights defense of conscripts and realization right for alternative civil service.

Strategic goals are support to reformation of the army and creation of possibilities to realize right on ACS, promotion ideas of peacemaking and support of peacemaking organizations.

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Campaign “Social-Labor Rights of Youth”

Creation of resource system to defend social-labor rights of youth.

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Campaign “Students’ Rights” 

Decrease of violations of right for proper education, inspiration of youth and students to defend their rights and involvement into civic activity; increase number of specialist in students’ rights defense sphere.

Creation of resources system to assists in students’ rights defense, informational-methodic instruments and mechanisms.

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All-Russian civic action “To Cancel Cancellation”

Defense of right for education and resistance to cancellation army delays.

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Series of actions and campaigns against racism and intolerance

Involvement of maximum amount of young people into antifascism activities, training their civic activity skills, forming up “antifascism resource center”, support of activists and organizations work in the sphere.

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International campaign «Anti-Stalinism» 

Initiatives to restore rights of victims and condemnation of totalitarian regimes of XX century, which brought millions of deaths. 

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Campaign «Defense of Human Rights Defenders and Civic Activists»

Dissemination of information about unjust pressure by state towards civic activists and organizations, support to activists and organizations – from the side of colleagues and just not indifferent people from various countries.

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