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HRW: Ukraine Rebels Use Civilians for Forced Labor


A leading human rights group is accusing rebels in eastern Ukraine of arresting civilians and using them for forced labor, in some cases near frontline battle positions.

Human Rights Watch released a report on Friday alleging civilians are being arrested for minor alleged infractions, such as drinking beer in public, breaking curfew or unlawful use of drugs.

It said the separatists are forcing the citizens to serve for as long as 30 days in so-called “punishment brigades,” where they must fill sandbags, dig trenches, or work in kitchens.

Some of those interviewed by the New York-based group said they were forced to work …read more

Source: Voice of America

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