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 UK urges Russia to release Ilmi Umerov and return Crimea to Ukraine

The United Kingdom called on the Russian Federation to release Deputy Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimea Tatar People Ilmi Umerov and return illegally annexed Crimea to Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the British Embassy in Kyiv.

The statement reads: "The detention and treatment of the Deputy Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimea Tatar People, Ilmi Umerov, is a cause of deep concern. Umerov's forced detention and examination in a psychiatric unit, along with reports of his deteriorating health are disturbing. We call on the Russian authorities to respect international human rights standards; to release Umerov without delay; and to allow him access to the medical care that he needs.

"It is clear that human rights standards are not being met in Crimea and we continue to call on the Russian Federation to allow immediate, unfettered access to all international human rights monitoring bodies. We do not, and will not, recognise Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. Russia must return Crimea to Ukraine," the statement reads.

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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 a court ordered Umerov to undergo psychiatric testing and he was subsequently committed to Simferopol's Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 for a 28-day period.

Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's human rights committee, Ignacio Sanchez Amor declared Aug. 27 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.

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As reported, 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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