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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.
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Today, we pulish the speech he delivered during the ceremony a year ago at the Hague.
The Netherlands Helsinki Committee Award Speech
The Hague, November, 19th, 2015
The first thing we need is solidarity of all the people defending our civilization by promoting values of humanity.
The second thing we need is solidarity of all the governmental and nongovernmental institutions of the OSCE region in strengthening joint standards and mechanisms of Human Rights defense.
The third thing we need is solidarity of civil societies, their mutual help and support.
Thousands of people around the world joined the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus civil society. Human rights defenders, civil activists, politicians, artists and ordinary citizens from 15 countries of the world took part in actions of solidarity on 4 August.
Чалавек можа ўсё. Межаў яго сіле няма, калі наперадзе агонь надзеі.
Гэта вельмі добра ведаюць гуманісты, фанатыкі і закаханыя.
A human being is capable of anything.
There are no limits to his force, if led by the light of hope.
This is very well-known to humanists, fanatics and lovers.
Uladzimir Karatkevich, Belarusian writer
On 22 May 2013, the charitable foundation "International Project - Youth Human Rights Movement" (YHRM), whose office is located in Voronezh Human Rights House, received a letter from the Department of Property and Estate Relations of Voronezh City Administration that breaks their lease and enjoins YHRM to leave the premises. A similar letter was received on 17 May 2013 by the Confederation of Free Labour, an interregional trade union, whose offices are also located in Voronezh Human Rights House.
On 19th of December 2012, following the searches of the flats occupied by Voronezh-based activists, police officers entered the offices at Human Rights House Voronezh. They seized computer equipment, documents, disconnected telephones and shut off the electricity supply...
Few days ago the action “Crystal night - never again!” was finished. The action is organized every year in many countries from 9th to 11th of November and coincide with the International Day against racism and intolerance - 9th of November. In that day in 1938 pogroms of Jews in Germany started being called “The crystal night” and this way originated Holocaust.
On 18-21 of October Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) and UNITED for Intercultural Action organized in Moscow an international conference titled “Reflection on the past. Work at present. Dreams about the future: Developing ideas of Human Rights, humanitarian and antiracist initiatives”. A conference was part of the project “Civil organizations serving society: youth actions against racism, nationalism and xenophobia and for Human Rights and inter-cultural dialogue” supported in the framework of the MATRA program run by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the conference there were also separated events carried with help of participants of “The coalition for defending fundamental freedoms in Euroasia”.
During this week participants from Russia, Belarus, Macedonia and Ukraine got acquainted with formal and non-formal educational structures for intercultural learning, civil society initiatives and met with Dutch activists and officials to discuss and exchange good practice in anti-discrimination youth work.
On the 12th of October took place meeting of experts titled “Perspectives of anti-discriminatory politics development in Russia”. The event was organized by international Youth Human Rights Movement and United for Intercultural Action in the framework of common 3 years lasting project “Civil organisations serving society: youth actions against racism, nationalism and xenophobia and for Human Rights and inter-cultural dialogue”.
The imprisoned leader of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski is likely to mark his birthday in prison – on September 25 he will be 50. The Human Rights Center “Viasna” suggests that everyone concerned join the birthday week actions.
During 3 days all participants together with Olga Skripnik from Center of Civil Education “Almienda” (Yalta, Ukraine) and members of Youth Human Rights Movement learnt how to assimilate media-texts by methods of organization of cinema clubs and conducting discussions after cinema shows.
International action “Stop racism” was organized in the scope of European-wide Action Week Against Racism by network United for Intercultural Action. The action is connected to International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination (21st of March).
On 4th of April representatives of NGOs and St. Petersburg authorities met at the round table. The event titled “Regional politics in the area of preventing xenophobia and hatred among youth: experience and perspectives” was organized in order to analyze, already well-established outside the city program “Tolerance”.
What is included in the definition of Hate Crimes and what is a counterpart of that European occurrence in Russia? What is treated as a crime and what not as far as hatred is concerned? Why Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights OSCE doesn’t treat as a crime hate speech, discrimination and genocide? What are indicators of hate crimes? All those and other questions were discussed by our participants during the seminar on prevention and reacting to hatred in St. Petersburg 1-3 of April.