Four Crimean Tatars declared political prisoners in Russia

Human Rights Center "Memorial" recognized the defendants in the ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ case as political prisoners.

19 July 2016 13:07

Russian Human Rights Centre has recognized four Crimean Tatars political prisoners. According to the reports on the ‘Memorial’ website, these people are accused by the Kremlin of the involvement in the ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ organization, which is considered terrorist in Russia.

- The Human Rights Center ‘Memorial’ considers Ruslan Zeytullaev, Ferat Sayfullaev, Rustem Vaitov and Nuri Primov to be political prisoners, who were the first arrested in the ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ case in the Crimea, - human rights activists said.

They claim that the defendants are groundlessly held in detention.

- The defendants are not accused of anything, except for reading Islamic literature,  communication and belonging to ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’. There is no evidence that the defendants are dangerous to the society. We demand the release of Zeytullaev, Sayfullaev, Vaitov and Primov, – ‘Memorial’ representatives say.

The statement stressed that this criminal case is a part of the repression campaign against the Crimean Tatars, which takes place in the annexed peninsula.

In addition, the Russian human rights activists draw attention to the fact that Crimea is the territory, which has been occupied by Russia.

- In accordance with International Humanitarian Law, Russia is limited in its legislative and administrative authority: it does not have the right to cancel the entire force of the Criminal Law at the beginning of the occupation and replace it with their own. According to the Ukrainian legislation, ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ activity is absolutely legal, - they state.

The ‘Memorial’representatives also believe that the Russian court unjustifiably declared ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ terrorist organization.

- At the moment there is no single fact of the commission or preparation of terrorist attacks by the members of this association elsewhere in the world, including the Middle East. In the countries of Western Europe and North America the party is not prohibited (except for Germany, where administrative but not criminal prohibition is envisaged), - reads the statement.

It should be reminded, that Muslims Ruslan Zeytullaev, Rustem Vaitov, Yuri (Nuri) Primov and Ferat Sayfullaev were detained in Crimea on January 23, 2015. They are accused of involvement in the ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ organization banned in Russia.

According to the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, the ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ case involves about 14 prisoners, including three criminal cases. There are four detainees for the first and the third criminal cases, and six individuals for the second one.

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