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UN urges Russia release Sentsov immediately

The experts called on Russia to ensure that Oleg Sentsov is immediately provided with access to appropriate medical treatment, in case of his full consent
09:02, 16 August 2018

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Four Special Rapporteurs of UN made an announcement and demanded to release Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian movie director, illegally kept in Russia. The relevant document is available on News UN.

“Sentsov’s life is in imminent danger. His hunger strike follows a trial and a conviction that has fallen short of international law. We urge Russian authorities to unconditionally release him as a matter of urgency,” the experts said. 

UN human rights activists have also called on Kremlin to provide Sentsov with appropriate medical aid if the prisoner gives permission for that.

Related: Kremlin uses blatant lies as excuse to not free Oleg Sentsov

“Mr. Sentsov went on hunger strike three months ago, to protest what he believes is the politically-motivated incarceration of 64 Ukrainians in Russian prisons,” the statement says.

David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Dainius Pūras, Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health, and Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders prepared the statement.

Related: Sentsov not to write request for pardon, - human rights activists

As is known, the native of Crimea, film director and political activist, Sentsov has been serving time in the Russian penal colony in Labytnangi since May 2014. This spring, he announced a hunger strike, demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held by the Kremlin. 

Oleg Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They judged him and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at a high-security penal colony. The prosecutors charged Sentsov with preparing terrorist acts in the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.

Related: Sentsov calls his condition "precritical", - human rights activist

Sentsov enjoys the wide support of the many in Ukraine and abroad. Rallies, where participants urge to release him, are held worldwide - in Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.

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