On November 20, humanity celebrates the World Children’s Day, established by the UN since 1954, although it is obvious that the situation for children in the occupied territories of Ukraine is not at all a festive situation.

The mass violation of children’s rights in the occupied Crimea has become a constant subject of attention of our Association; in addition to specialized analytical publications, information about the situation was provided by the ARC to the authorized structures of the UN.

In particular, the Association regularly sent messages about the violation of the fundamental rights of Ukrainian children by Russian aggressors to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material.

The large-scale Russian aggression both aggravated the situation with the rights of children in the occupied Crimea and created new challenges for children in the war zone and in the newly occupied areas of Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk and other oblasts of Ukraine. Already on February 28, the above-mentioned UN structures demanded that Russia stop violating the rights of Ukrainian children, these demands were completely ignored by the aggressor.

Further, our Association continued to inform the specified UN structures about the violation of the fundamental rights of Ukrainian children by the aggressor, including the mass forcible deportation of minors from the Russian-occupied mainland south of Ukraine.

As part of this communication, in November 2022, the specified UN Special Rapporteur collected materials on the specifics of the sale of children and their sexual exploitation in armed conflict, a separate report of the Special Rapporteur on this issue to the UN General Assembly is expected.

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