Britain urges Russia to immediately release Umerov
British Embassy in Ukraine does not recognize and will not recognize illegal annexation of Crimea
UK urged the Russian Federation to release the Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars Ilmi Umerov and return to Ukraine illegally occupied Crimea. The related statement is published on the website of the British Embassy in Ukraine.
"The detention and the psychic treatment of the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov cause deep concern the UK. His forcible arrest and detention in a psychiatric ward, as well as information about the deterioration of his health concern the UK", reads the statement.
Britain called on the Russian authorities to "respect international human rights standards, to immediately release Umerov and give him access to adequate medical care".
The embassy noted that the standards on human rights in the Crimea, apparently, are not respected, and urged the Russian Federation to provide, without delay, unhindered access to all international human rights monitoring institutions.
"We do not recognize and will not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea. Russia should return Crimea to Ukraine", said British diplomats.
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, on August 18, 2016, Russian authorities took Mr. Umerov to Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 in Simferopol, where he is being held against his will.
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