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    HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law

    HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law



    11/2/19
    Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Russian authorities are continuing to conscript men in occupied Crimea to serve in the Russian armed forces in violation of international law. "As an occupying power, Russia not only has no right to conscript people in Crimea, but its draft is blatantly violating international law," Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement on November 1. "Doubling down on this violation, Russian authorities are also pressing criminal charges against people who refuse to serve in its armed forces." "Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Russia is a party, an occupying power may not compel residents of the occupied territory to serve in its armed or auxiliary forces. It also explicitly prohibits any 'pressure or propaganda which aims at securing voluntary enlistment,'" the New York-based rights watchdog said. "These prohibitions are absolute, and their violation is a grave breach of the conventions."

    Russia seized control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and quickly annexed the region in a move not recognized by the international community. Moscow has also backed separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine in a war that has killed more than 13,000 people since April 2014. HRW said occupation authorities have imposed criminal penalties against those who refuse to comply with the draft, with the numbers of men being punished increasing over the years. "Russia should immediately cease these practices, release Crimeans who have been forced to serve in the Russian forces, and abide by its obligations as an occupying power," it said. The rights watchdog said it reviewed dozens of judgments from courts in Crimea relating to alleged criminal draft-evasion cases and identified 63 guilty verdicts since 2017. "The true number of such cases is most likely higher,” it said, “as not all cases and judgments have been made public."
    An occupying power (Russia) cannot press citizens of the occupied territory into its armed forces. Doing so is a Geneva violation and a war crime.


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    Re: HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law

    Crimea is Russia

    Never Left!.

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    Re: HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law



    Crimea is Ukraine.


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    Crimea is Ukraine


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    Re: HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post


    Crimea is Ukraine
    They can continue to dream
    Never Left!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfons View Post
    They can continue to dream
    Yes, and you can live with sanctions forever.


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    Re: HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law

    Putin has outsmarted us so much. He's the best mafia boss ever.

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    Re: HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law

    If Putin was so smart, Russia wouldn't have a GDP smaller than the GDP of California.


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    Re: HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law

    Quote Originally Posted by Alfons View Post
    Crimea is Russia

    Were you born in Russia/USSR? Your parents?

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    Re: HRW Says Russia Conscripting Men In Crimea In 'Grave Breach' Of International Law

    Quote Originally Posted by CaughtInThe View Post
    Were you born in Russia/USSR? Your parents?
    I suspect so. His English is sketchy at best.

    At any rate he is a Putinista, and a supporter of the far-right AfD in Germany


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