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 OSCE calls for release of Crimean Tatar leader Umerov

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly human rights chair calls for release of Crimean Tatar leader Umerov.

Censor.NET reports citing press service of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's human rights committee, Ignacio Sanchez Amor declared yesterday that the forced commitment of Ilmi Umerov to a psychiatric clinic represents a worrying new low in Russia's stigmatization of the Crimean Tatar community and should be immediately reversed.

"Already facing charges for simply having the courage to speak his mind, Russian authorities are now using an old and particularly worrying tactic to try and silence Umerov. This ugly allegation of mental instability is a transparent attempt to punish Ilmi Umerov for speaking out in favor of Ukraine's territorial integrity. I call for the immediate reversal of this decision and the release of Mr. Umerov," the official said.

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Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, which was banned in April, is facing prosecution for reportedly saying during an interview earlier this year that "Russia must be forced to leave Crimea and Donbas." Earlier this month the court ordered Umerov to undergo psychiatric testing and he was subsequently committed to Simferopol's Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 for a 28-day period.

As reported last week, lawyers of deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, who is under investigation in occupied Crimea, will appeal to the European Committee against Tortures in Strasbourg about FSB's actions against the suspect.
 
 
 
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