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Crimea: Conscription Violates International Law

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Expand Russian Marine Corps conscripts stand in formation as they take the oath in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea December 9, 2017.  © 2017 REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov (Kyiv) – Russian authorities are conscripting males in occupied Crimea to serve in the Russian armed forces, Human Rights Watch said today. International humanitarian law explicitly forbids Russia from compelling Crimean residents to serve in its armed forces. The authorities have imposed criminal penalties against those who refuse to comply with the draft, with the numbers of men punished rising over the years. Russia should…

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