Ukrainian human rights activists sent an appeal to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the UN Human Rights Council immediately after the abduction of Ervin Ibragimov. In response to the appeal the Group stated that they sent a request to the Russian Federation on this matter on June 3, and would notify the Ukrainian human rights activists in the case they receive a reply.
“Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the UN Human Rights Council is due to consider the abduction of Ervin Ibragimov at the 111th session in Seoul in February 2017,” as reported by the Working Group in the response to the appeal of the KrymSOS NGO.
The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is a mechanism in the framework of the United Nations Human Rights Programme, established to deal with particularly serious cases of specific human rights violations taking place around the world. The Group receives and examines reports of disappearances submitted by relatives of missing persons or human rights organizations. Then the Working Group transmits information on individual cases to the relevant Governments with the request to investigate and inform the Working Group of the results.
The international organization also asks to provide any information that could help establish the fate and current whereabouts of Ervin Ibragimov.
It was reported earlier that Ervin Ibragimov, a member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Executive Committee, was kidnapped in Bakhchysarai on May 24, 2016. Later, a video captured by a surveillance camera was put on the Internet showing how a few unidentified persons, presumably in the uniform of the Russian traffic police, were forcibly putting Ervin Ibragimov in a minibus.