Human Rights Watch warn Ukraine against posting videos of POWs

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Human Rights Watch warn Ukraine against posting videos of POWs
A Telegram account with close to 870,000 subscribers operated by the Ukrainian government's main security arm has taken to posting videos of captured Russian soldiers revealing personal information.
By SHIRA SILKOFF
Published: MARCH 17, 2022

Ukraine has been urged to respect the rights of Russian prisoners of war by the international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), who urged Ukrainian authorities to stop posting videos of captured Russian soldiers on social media, calling it a violation of the Geneva Convention.

A Telegram account with close to 870,000 subscribers operated by the Ukrainian government's main security arm, the Security Services of Ukraine (SBU), has taken to posting videos of captured Russian soldiers who are being pressured to reveal their names, ID numbers, and other personal information, said HRW, including their parents' names and home addresses.

Additionally, the Ukrainian Internal Affairs Ministry runs a similar Telegram channel, on which they share the same information with close to 850,000 subscribers. The Ministry claims on the channel's page that their aim is to share information "about captured and killed Russian soldiers in Ukraine since the beginning of the occupation," saying that it is for people with relatives and friends "participating in the war against our people - here you can get information about their fate."

However, HRW has released a statement urging these Ukrainian government bodies to cease this practise, saying that "such treatment of prisoners of war, or POWs, violates protections under the Geneva Conventions intended to ensure dignified treatment of captured combatants on all sides."

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