Crimean Tatars Emir Usein Kuku and Akhtem Chiygoz are illegally detained by the Russian invaders for their non-violent stance, being completely innocent, and therefore, are called prisoners of conscience in the Amnesty International report, the organization's researcher Krasimir Yankov stated in an interview for the "Centre for Human Rights Information."
The expert went on saying that there may be much more prisoners of conscience in Crimea, but a more detailed investigation in the occupied peninsula is not possible at the moment.
“According to our criteria, prisoners of conscience are people who are detained against their will, and because of their non-violent position. Moreover, we need to have information indicating their innocence or inconsistency of charges. Prisoners of conscience in the Crimea are Akhtem Chiygoz and Emir Usein Kuku. Ilmi Umerov, at a time when he was on compulsory examination in a psychiatric hospital, was also a prisoner of conscience. In fact, the number of people who match our criteria for a prisoner of conscience in Crimea can be larger, but due to limited resources, we do not have time to keep track of everything,” the human rights activist said.
Earlier, on the live video conference in "court", human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku said that Russian law enforcers in the detention center in Simferopol systematically violated the rights of prisoners, arranging surveillance and showing contempt for religious traditions of Muslims. The officers did not even provide medical care to prisoners, which resulted in death.