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22.01.2015
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’.
22.05.2014
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.
28.11.2013
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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24.05.2016
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.
07.02.2015
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.
03.02.2015
«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.

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Igor Kaliapin: «For us to work with the status of ‘foreign agent’ is unacceptable and insulting»

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’.

The basis for this designation, evidently, was the notice issued by the prosecutor of Nizhny Novgorod region, Oleg Ponasenko, on 29 December last year, instructing the organization to remove violations of federal law.

«The prosecutor accuses us of being ‘foreign agents’ because we openly tell the public and inform the authorities about instances of torture by the police, and about how badly the Investigative Committee investigates these cases. And in doing this they say we are trying to change government policy,» Igor Kaliapin, chair of Committee Against Torture, honorable participant of Youth Human Rights Movement, told Novaya gazeta.

«In other words, in the logic of the prosecutor, it turns out that government policy is police torture and the covering up of torture by the investigative bodies

«So, for example, in the prosecutor's notice we are accused of engaging in political activity by, among other things, holding a picket each year on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and publishing information about this event: 'Studying the given materials allows us to conclude that the actions of the Organization were targeted at attracting the attention of government bodies and civil society, intended directly to create a negative public opinion for the purpose of influencing decision-making by government bodies, in other words, changing the policy of the government in the realm of criminal prosecution.'»

«Since neither the use of torture, nor the ineffective investigation of instances of torture, are government policy in our country, consequently, our actions cannot be directed at changing government policy. Therefore, without doubt, we shall lodge an appeal against this notice issued by the prosecutor of Nizhny Novgorod in the courts», the Committee Against Torture has stated.

«If the outcome goes against us, our organization will be dissolved. However, we shall continue our human rights work. For us to work with the status of ‘foreign agent’ is unacceptable and insulting.» 

Source: http://hro.rightsinrussia.info/hro-org/foreignagents-162