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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
31.07.2020

Putin’s law aims to educate ‘patriots of Russia’ and eliminate Ukrainian identity in occupied Crimea

Russia’s State Duma has adopted a bill which will make inculcation of ‘Russian patriotism’ and ‘civic consciousness’ part of the school curriculum in both Russia and occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1952
09.06.2020

Ukrainian language removed from schools in Russian proxy Luhansk ‘republic’

Russian has been declared the only ‘state language’ in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ which Moscow controls but has never recognized | detail

Visits 2724
05.06.2020

Donbas children deployed as weapons in Russia’s hybrid warfare against Ukraine

Through systematic militarization and indoctrination, children at preschool and school level are being taught that they should love and defend Russian proxy Donbas ‘republics’ and that Ukraine is essentially the enemy | detail

Visits 2611
15.05.2020

Crimean children trained to want to fight for Russia and forget they’re Ukrainian

Even physical exercise is on a war footing in Russian-occupied Crimea, with children training to be ‘young soldiers’ like their grandfathers or grandfathers and mass efforts at indoctrination | detail

Visits 3319
18.03.2020

Russia spends millions on indoctrination and crushing children’s identification with Ukraine in occupied Crimea

Since 2016, the Russian occupation regime has spent over 100 million roubles on efforts to turn children into so-called “new citizens” and “patriots of Crimea” | detail

Visits 5978
11.03.2020

Ukrainian stripped of official language status in Russian proxy Donbas “republic”

The self-proclaimed and Russian-controlled ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ has announced that Ukrainian will no longer be a ‘state language’ in the pseudo republic, and has claimed that this status will be held by Russian alone | detail

Visits 4271
05.12.2019

Russia’s militarization of childhood hits new low in occupied Crimea

Russia is glorifying war and teaching children how to kill in occupied Crimea, and no lessons at all have been drawn from the mass killing in Kerch on 17 October 2018, in which 20 students and teachers were gunned down | detail

Visits 3108
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 3155
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 7190
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 1366
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 2505
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 1661
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 3013
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 2957
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 3768
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 4271
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 2203
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 3882
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 3908
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 3706
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