Human Rights Violations in Crimea: Ukraine demands Kremlin releases Ilmi Umerov
Politics19:31 Aug. 22, 2016
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Ukraine demands Kremlin releases Ilmi Umerov

One of Crimean Tatar leaders, Umerov is held in mental ward with harmful conditions

Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs insists Russian occupation authorities must free Ilmi Umerov. 

Read also Russia resurrects Soviet repression, punitive psychiatry in occupied Crimea

According to Umerov's lawyer Mark Feygin, the deputy head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, is being tortured in prison. Feygin has already turned to the European committee against torture and asked to intervene into the situation.

Earlier Umerov was forcibly placed into mental ward for forensic medical assessment. According to the lawyers, the conditions in the hospital are harmful for Umerov. The lawyers say without urgent medical treatment their client could die. Umerov suffers from diabetes and heart disease.

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