Thursday, September 28 2017 23:57 EEST
EU Delegation to Ukraine demands to immediately free Umerov
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The EU Delegation to Ukraine condemned the imprisonment of Ilmi Umerov, deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, ruled out by the court in occupied Crimea. This was reported by the press service of the delegation.

“On Wednesday, a so-called "court" in Crimea sentenced Crimean Tatar leader and Deputy Chair of Mejlis Ilmi Umerov to two years in prison. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation and therefore does not recognise this "court" and its sentence. The sentencing of Mr Umerov is a serious violation of his human rights, another example of persecution of the Crimean Tatar community, and a further and clear illustration of the severe deterioration of human rights on the Crimean peninsula, as most recently documented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in his report published earlier this week,” the message says.

Mr Umerov has been convicted for voicing dissent against the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, under Article 280.1 of the Russian criminal code on "public calls to action aimed at violating Russia's territorial integrity". This conviction is in breach of international humanitarian law and the European Union expects it to be reversed.

The European Union is unwavering in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We reiterate that all illegally detailed Ukrainian citizens on the Crimean peninsula and in Russia must be released immediately.

As it was reported earlier the so-called Simferopol District Court in occupied Crimea sentenced the Deputy Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov to two years in colony.

Ilmi Umerov was arrested by Russian authorities on May 12, 2014 after protesting illegal Russian occupation of the Crimean Peninsula and the repression of native Crimean Tatars. For publicly speaking out against Russia’s illegal occupation, Russian authorities have charged Mr. Umerov with “public calls to action aimed at violating Russian territorial integrity,” which can carry a prison sentence of five years. More alarmingly, in August 2016, Russian authorities took Mr. Umerov to Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 in Simferopol, where he was held against his will.

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