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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
30.10.2019

1500 Crimean children recruited into Russian occupiers’ ‘youth army’ in Crimea

A week after the anniversary of the first ever mass shooting of students in occupied Crimea that left 21 people dead, Russia has recruited 1500 children and young people from Sevastopol to its ‘youth army’ or Yunarmia | detail

Visits 1572
17.09.2019

Russian-controlled Donbas ‘republics’ remove Ukrainian language and everything connected with Ukraine from schools

Although Russia repeatedly claims that Russian speakers were under threat in Crimea and Donbas, it is the Ukrainian language that has come under attack as soon as Russia took actual or effective control, as well as Ukrainian history and culture | detail

Visits 5214
05.09.2019

Zelensky vetoes scandalous law on forced castration of ‘paedophiles’

There is no information as to what amendments the President has sent back for parliament’s consideration, but any review of a fatally flawed bill adopted at high speed for election campaign purposes is already welcome. | detail

Visits 689
29.08.2019

Children in occupied Crimea and Russia fed lies about the war in Donbas and anti-Ukrainian propaganda

A new Russian textbook in verse for children claims that Ukraine “has stirred up war and vengeance” and that people have been prohibited from speaking Russian | detail

Visits 1435
16.07.2019

Ukraine President Zelensky urged to veto populist law on forced castration for ‘paedophiles’

Human rights groups have called on President Zelensky to veto a disastrously ill-considered bill introducing chemical castration for sex offenders which they, and specialists in this area see as a cheap populist move aimed at winning votes in the coming parliamentary elections | detail

Visits 985
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 1866
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 2106
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 2294
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 2567
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 1508
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 2391
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 3047
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 2842
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 3985
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 3090
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 3626
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 4781
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 2380
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 1514
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 7949
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