Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov and human rights activist Enver Kadyrov called on the Ukrainian authorities to solve the issue of the status of political prisoners and their families. They declared it on a press-conferences in Kiev on 13 October, Radio Liberty reports.

Ukraine should solve the question of the status of political prisoners that he was not “spatially, he was enshrined in the laws,” said Kurbedinov.

He is convinced that the legislative recognition of this status would give human rights defenders and lawyers additional tools to assist illegally persecuted citizens.

Thus the human rights activist Enver Kadyrov said that Ukraine must decide with the legal framework on political prisoners in order to clearly define what rights they have and what support from the state will be able to.

According to the coordinator of the Crimean human rights group Olga Skrypnik, as of August, in the Crimea – more than 40 political prisoners are in pretrial detention or serving a term of imprisonment in the colony.

Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014 year. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly has condemned Russia’s actions and called the annexation and occupation of Crimea illegal. Against Russia were imposed economic sanctions. For the implementation by Moscow of the so-called elections with the participation of the Crimea in 2016-m to year the Parliament of Ukraine recognized the Russian state Duma is illegitimate.

Crimean human rights activists asking to legalize the status of political prisoners 13.10.2017

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