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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
08.05.2019

Preschool soldiers and children with rifles in occupied Crimea and Russia

Less than a quarter of Russians believe that military parades and processions are an appropriate way to mark Victory Day, yet thousands of children, even of pre-school age, have been decked out in military uniforms and sent onto the streets for elaborate 9 May events | detail

Visits 1262
10.04.2019

Russian-controlled ‘Donetsk republic’ creates ‘children’s army’ to instill ‘correct views’

The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ has announced the formation of a militarized ‘army’ for children and young people - essentially a copy of the Russian ‘Yunarmia’ or ‘Youth Army’ which is being used to militarize childhood in both Russia and occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1652
27.03.2019

Russia has eliminated all classes taught in Ukrainian since its annexation of Crimea

Almost two years after the UN’s International Court of Justice ordered Russia to “ensure the availability of education in the Ukrainian language” in occupied Crimea, there is not one school teaching all subjects in Ukrainian | detail

Visits 1842
22.03.2019

Russian Defence Ministry wants a million children in ‘Youth Army’ by 2020

Russia’s Defence Ministry is reportedly seeking the creation of ‘Yunarmia’ [‘Youth Army’] units at all defence industry enterprises in its drive to get one million children and young people ‘enlisted’ by 2020 in a structure that has been compared to the Nazi Hitlerjugend | detail

Visits 2044
25.02.2019

Children taught how to hunt ‘the enemy’ and disperse protests in Russia and occupied Crimea

In a recent ‘military game’ in occupied Crimea, Russia’s Defence Ministry had children pretending to be military intelligence agents and gathering information about ‘the enemy’ | detail

Visits 1156
18.02.2019

Russia repeats lies about Crimean Tatars used by Stalin to justify the Deportation in school history textbook

Over 50 years after the Soviet Union formally refuted the lies about Crimean Tatars that Joseph Stalin used to justify the 1944 Deportation, Russia has reinstated them in a school history textbook + Update | detail

Visits 1676
16.10.2018

Crimean children take oath to serve as friends of the Russian FSB

Schoolchildren from Russian-occupied Kerch and neighbouring areas have taken part in new ceremonies highlighting the dangerous militarization that Russia has brought to Crimea and its attempts to indoctrinate children and young people | detail

Visits 2676
10.05.2018

Putin’s ‘Russian World’: Children taught war and violently detained for daring to protest

The increasing militarization of childhood in occupied Crimea and Russia is beginning earlier and earlier, with children decked out in military uniform and taking part, together with the Russian defence ministry’s ‘Youth Army’, in military and other parades for Victory Day. | detail

Visits 2399
06.04.2018

Russia recruits children for ‘Youth Army’ & now plans to use kids for propaganda about Crimea

Crimean youth are to be enlisted for filling the Internet with ‘correct information’ about life in Russian-occupied Crimea, with the occupiers determining just what content is ‘correct’, and what is to be dubbed ‘fake’ | detail

Visits 3555
20.03.2018

Russia expands its children’s army in occupied Crimea

200 very young Sevastopol schoolchildren have been ‘sworn in’ to the Russian Defence Ministry’s ‘Youth Army’ [Yunarmia], a formation which has been likened to Hitlerjugend and other “formations in which young people became tools of totalitarian regimes in Europe” | detail

Visits 2622
05.01.2018

The Crimean childhoods Russia ended in just a few brutal moments

The scale of repression and the number of political prisoners rose massively in 2017 and 100 children are now growing up without their fathers. Many were present when armed and masked men burst in to their homes and are deeply scarred by experiences no child should go through | detail

Visits 3430
13.12.2017

Russian-backed Donbas militants are keeping 5 teenagers imprisoned on ‘sabotage’ charges

Five teenagers, as young as 15 when seized, have been held in captivity in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for well over a year.  Both the DPR militants and Russia made propaganda uses out of forced ‘confessions’ from the young lads immediately after their seizure, but appear to be simply holding them imprisoned | detail

Visits 4501
01.12.2017

Russia to police history textbooks for ‘correct’ position on events in Ukraine & especially Crimea

Russia’s Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) has issued instructions to check out history textbooks for their coverage of events in Ukraine in 2013-14, with the main concern being Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, which Moscow calls ‘the reunification of Crimea’. | detail

Visits 2190
25.09.2017

Ukrainian Language Bill Facing Barrage Of Criticism From Minorities, Foreign Capitals

The wording of the Ukrainian legislation states that the language of instruction in the first four grades may be in a minority language. By grade five, however, only two or more subjects can be taught in any of the languages of the EU | detail

Visits 1327
05.05.2017

Children taught to glorify war and the invader in Russian-occupied Crimea

Children waving machine guns or ‘thanking’ a monument to the Russian soldiers who invaded Crimea are more than tasteless Russian propaganda performances. Russia’s occupation of Crimea has brought not only political repression, but also war propaganda and the deliberate militarization of public awareness, with children particularly targeted. | detail

Visits 7708
13.12.2016

Russia’s youngest victims in occupied Crimea urgently need support

A special charitable action took place in Kyiv on Dec 11 to raise money and awareness of the youngest victims of Russia’s mounting repression in occupied Crimea. | detail

Visits 2919
31.10.2016

The Children Russia has Taken Hostage

While it is Russia’s imprisonment of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and others that gets reported, there are several times more victims, and many of them very small | detail

Visits 5906
30.09.2016

First Russia jails a CrimeanTatar rights activist, then it comes for his children

Not content with jailing Crimean Tatar rights activist Emir-Huseyn Kuku in occupied Crimea, Russia is now terrorizing his children, using offensively cynical excuses. This is not the first time that the family has been targeted, and 9-year-old Bekir and his 5-year-old sister Safiyeka are terrified | detail

Visits 3393
15.09.2016

Russia openly collaborates with Donbas militants on ‘teenage saboteur’ arrests

Two days after Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas released disturbing video footage of 7 young lads allegedly ‘arrested’ for acts of SBU-orchestrated sabotage, Russia’s Investigative Committee has become involved, but not, as you might have hoped, by calling on the Moscow-controlled militants to stop tormenting kids as young as 15 | detail

Visits 4649
13.09.2016

Kremlin-backed militants ‘arrest’ teenagers as ‘Ukrainian saboteurs’

Militants from the so-called ‘Donbas people’s republic’ [DNR] have ‘arrested’ 7 teenagers and claim that they were blowing up civilian and military targets for Ukraine’s SBU [Security Service]. The reports, backed only by videos of the lads supposedly ‘confessing’, are chillingly similar to Russia’s recent claim that Ukraine had ‘attacked’ Ukrainian Crimea under Russian occupation. | detail

Visits 4757
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