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Amnesty International: Ahtem Chiygoz is "prisoner of conscience"
12:27, 22 February 2017
Amnesty International: Ahtem Chiygoz is "prisoner of conscience"

Human rights defenders stressed the situation in Ukraine deteriorated significantly due to the annexation of the Crimea and the continuation of the conflict in Donbas

12:27, 22 February 2017

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The annual report of the international human rights organization Amnesty International called the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz a "prisoner of conscience".

"We continued the trial of Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis, on trumped-up charges of organizing mass disorder on February 26, 2014 in Simferopol (mostly peaceful rally on the eve of Russian occupation, during which there have been several clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian demonstrators). While in the detention center not far from the courthouse, he could be present at the court hearing only via video link because of the alleged "danger", he represented. Ahtem Chiygoz is one of the Crimean prisoners of conscience. Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi also continued to be detained for taking part in the same "riots" as of February 26, 2014", reads the report.

Related: More than two dozen Tatar arrested in annexed Crimea

In addition, human rights activists point out that the human rights situation in Ukraine deteriorated significantly due to the annexation of the Crimea and the continuation of the conflict in Donbas.

"Not a single case of enforced disappearance during the Russian occupation has not been effectively investigated", stresses Amnesty International.

Related: Ukraine investigates disappearance of 15 people in Crimea after its annexation

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