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Amnesty International considers forced feeding of Sentsov 'torture'

The organization requires the provision of effective medical care to a political prisoner
18:21, 6 October 2018

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The Ukrainian branch of the Amnesty International considers it a torture to force-feed Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner and film director. This is stated in the message of the organization on Facebook.

'We declare the inadmissibility of forced feeding, which is actually a form of torture, and we demand that Oleg receive timely and effective medical care,' the report says.

As we reported, Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike. The Russian side officially announced the statement by Sentsov but did not name the reasons. According to lawyer of Sentsov, the decision to end the hunger strike was made after Russian doctors and penitentiary facility workers issued an ultimatum to Sentsov, suggesting that he either voluntarily stop the hunger strike or agree to be force-fed.

Citing Valery Maksimenko, Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation (FSIN), Russian media reported that Sentsov had stopped the hunger strike and the nutritionists developed a special diet for him.

Ukrainian political prisoner in Russia Stanislav Klykh wrote a letter to another Ukrainian prisoner, film director Oleg Sentsov, in which he thanked for his hunger strike, due to which  the problem of Ukrainian political prisoners began to receive more attention. The text of the letter was published by human rights activist Maria Tomak on Facebook.

According to her, she received this letter from Klykh's mother, Tamara Klykh, who visited her son in Russia.

'It did not reach Oleg’s hands until he stopped the hunger strike, but I hope he will receive it later, as a moral support gesture,' Tomak wrote.

In the letter, Klykh asks Sentsov to stop the hunger strike and thanks for the fact that after it began, the problem of the Ukrainian political prisoners received more attention.

'If you have a very bad health, I would ask you to stop the hunger strike. We don’t need your death, your mom and children need you. I’m not judging you if you stop the hunger strike, but nevertheless, I understand that you are annoyed because of the promise of a speedy release in letters. I also receive such letters and it is annoying, too, but you need to understand that people who write letters from all over the world wish us good things,' Klykh wrote in the letter.

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