The state of health of the Ukrainian political prisoner, Crimean Tatar Medzhit Abdurakhmanov, who stays in the remand center #1 in Rostov Oblast, has significantly deteriorated as Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported on Facebook.
“Currently, Medzhit Abdurakhmanov complains of constant pain in the back due to which he cannot move by himself. Particularly, he had local anesthesia to be present at another court session. Only after it, with the help of the special medical mean for movement, he was taken to the court,” the message says.
According to Denisova, the administration of the remand center does not provide Ukrainian citizen with proper examination and treatment, and the appeals to the medical unit of the remand center are ignored.
She noted that such treatment of the citizen of Ukraine violates Paragraph 22 of the minimum standard rules of treatment of prisoners approved by economic and social councils of the UN and “considered as tortures or cruel or dishonoring treatment of them”.
“I appeal to Human Rights Commissioner of Russia Tatiana Moskalkova with the demand to assume urgent measures to restore the violated rights of Medzhit Abdurakhmanov, particularly: hold the complete examination in the qualified civilian medical establishment and provide him with a proper range of treatment,” Denisova reported.
Russia annexed Crimea in February 2014; since then, Russian occupant authorities have been persecuting Crimean Tatars who live there. One of the most high-profile cases related to the political persecution of Crimean Tatars is the Hizb ut-Tahrir case. This Islamist movement is banned in Russia and frequently used as a cover to persecute innocent civilians. Arsen Dzhepparov and Refat Alimov were both arrested in this case in April 2016. Later, both were transferred to a detention center in Rostov, Russia; this is where they currently remain.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a radical, international, pan-Islamic political organization, which describes its "ideology as Islam", and its aim as the re-establishment of "the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate)" or Islamic state. It is legal in Ukraine and in all western countries (except Germany where there was an administrative ban on forming a German branch, not a criminal ban).