Human rights activists from the international organization Human Rights Watch has demanded from the Russian authorities to immediately release from a psychiatric clinic in Simferopol Deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov. In connection with the condition of a victim of Russian repression should be allowed to continue treatment in a public hospital, where the dead can receive all necessary assistance, according to the text of the statement on the HRW website.

“Crimean Tatar activist 18 August 2016 forcibly closed in a psychiatric clinic. De facto Russian authorities in Crimea to free the activist Ilmi Umerov, to cancel all the charges of separatism and to make sure he gets the medical help he needs,” – said in a statement.

According to the representative of HRW Tanya Cooper, forced psychiatric treatment is a “flagrant violation of the rights Umerov” and “shameful attempt to use psychiatry to get people to shut up and tarnish his reputation.” Such repression was “popular practices against dissidents in the Soviet Union,” she added.

In a statement, the organization noted that since the occupation of Crimea by Russia, the space for freedom of speech, media and freedom of Association “declined sharply,” and under the pretext of “fighting extremism or terrorism,” proteges of the Kremlin on the Peninsula persecuted, bullied and otherwise repress the Crimean Tatar activists.

In may 2016 special services of the Russian Federation initiated a criminal case against Ilmi Umerov on the article “separatism”. According to the invaders, he called for the violation of the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation in the Ukrainian TV channel ATR”. Despite the condition Umerov, the occupants locked him in a psychiatric hospital. On 10 August, the separatists decided to send zamglavy Majlis to forced psychiatric examination. 13 Aug Umerov reported that the appeal against the decision.

Today, August 26, on the Independence square will host a rally in support Umerov.

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Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014. 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.

Human rights activists demand from the Russian Federation to release Umerov from a mental hospital 26.08.2016

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