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17/03/2017
Torture and rape in Donbas - UN report
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The monitoring mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report on cases of sexual violence in Ukraine associated with fighting in the Donbass and the annexation of the Crimea.
The 37-page report (ukr)  overs the period from March 14, 2014 to January 31, 2017.
It concerns the entire territory of Ukraine, including the Crimea and the "LNR" and "DNR" regions occupied by the terrorists in the districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Human rights activists note that most cases of rape are described in places of detention, both by illegal armed groups and by government forces.
Some of the described incidents can be classified as war crimes, the organization noted.
The report describes cases of beating people and their electric shock in the genital area, rape and the threat of rape, as well as forced exposure, which was used during interrogations in order to dislodge the testimony or punish.
In total, 31 illustrative stories of victims from both sides of the conflict are given.
The report also says that in the occupied territories, sexual violence was used to force prisoners to cede the right to own property or meet other requirements. Such victims, as noted by the human rights activists, are deprived of any support and protection.

17/03/2017