Ukraine's ombudswoman asks ICRC to check respect for rights of political prisoners in Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Oleh Sentsov went on the hunger strike on May 16
11:30, 26 May 2018

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Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denysova has appealed to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) with a request to check the respect for the rights of Ukrainian political prisoners Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko as her press service reported.

'I monitor the respect for the rights of the citizens of Ukraine Sentsov and Kolchenko convicted at the territory of the Russian Federation', the message said.

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The ombudswoman also asked to check the conditions and provision of the medical service to Volodymyr Balukh, Uzeir Abdullaev, Enver Mamutov, Remzi Memetov, Zevri Abseitov, Rustem Abiltarov, Enver Seitosmanov, Bekir Degermendzhi, Asan Chapukh, Kiazim Ametov, Ruslan Trubach and Ismail Ramazanov who are imprisoned in annexed Russia.

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov has announced a hunger strike on May 16. This way, he demands that all Ukrainians detained in Russia and annexed Crimea be released. Sentsov said he was ready to die if the requirements were not fulfilled.

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As it is known, Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian FSB in the annexed Crimea. Both were taken to Russia. Sentsov was charged with preparing a terrorist act in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in the high-security penal colony. Kolchenko was sentenced to ten-years-long imprisonment.

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