Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova informs about an outbreak of coronavirus infection in the pre-trial detention center in occupied Simferopol, where Ukrainian political prisoners are kept. She published the corresponding post on her Telegram channel.
"An outbreak of coronavirus infection is recorded in the pre-trial detention center of the city of Simferopol in the temporarily occupied Crimea, where Ukrainian political prisoners are illegally kept," the message says.
Denisova drew attention to the fact that all her appeals to provide Ukrainian political prisoners with personal protective equipment remained without a corresponding response from Russia. The Ombudsman has added that she constantly receives complaints from lawyers and detainees, explaining that this is a flagrant violation of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
Ombudsman also stated that in accordance with the Fourth Geneva Convention, "the Russian Federation, as an occupying state, is responsible for ensuring and observing the rights of citizens who live in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea." She turned to her Russian counterpart Tetiana Moskalkova with a new demand to provide Ukrainian political prisoners with the necessary medical care.
As reported before, an anti-record death toll from coronavirus infection was set in the occupied Crimea last week. Over the past three weeks, the death rate has risen by 62%.