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CTRC expert commented on covert mobilization in the occupied Crimea

26 May 2022

An expert of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, an officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Parkhomenko, in an interview with Suspіlna Krim, commented on the covert conscription campaign for the armed forces of the Russian Federation. As you know, men under the age of 60 are called to the local military registration and enlistment offices.

The expert stressed that the forced conscription or mobilization of the local population in the occupied territories falls under Article 4 of the Geneva Convention. The article guarantees the rights of the people. In particular, people who are in the temporarily occupied territory cannot be subject to conscription and mobilization.

“This directly violates the constitution of the Russian Federation, because what kind of mobilization can there be if they have not declared martial law. But they have long wanted to spit even on their own far from democratic laws. And of course, if we are talking about responsibility, then this responsibility will be determined by the international criminal court for war crimes. Therefore, when we talk about the forced mobilization or conscription of people, we expect that they will be able to testify in the international court about the act of this crime committed against them by the state of the Russian Federation”,- Parkhomenko explained.