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Russia did not provide the Ukrainian political prisoner, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov with proper medical treatment during the hunger strike, thereby violating his rights, according to the statement of the European Union in connection with Oleg Sentsov ending the hunger strike.

“His health has now deteriorated to a critical state. In refusing to provide him with appropriate medical treatment in an institutionalised medical setting, the authorities of the Russian Federation have violated his human rights as well as their own human rights commitments under international law, namely the European Court of Human Rights interim measure of 25 July this year.”

The statement says that the EU considers the case against Oleg Sentsov "to be in breach of international law and elementary standards of justice.

“Oleg Sentsov was jailed for alleged activities conducted on the Crimean Peninsula, the illegal annexation of which by the Russian Federation he strongly opposes… International human rights standards on the peninsula must be upheld.”

The European Union stands in solidarity with Sentsov and is awaiting his immediate release along with all citizens of Ukraine who are illegally detained in Russia and in the occupied Crimea, the statement said.
 
Earlier, the EU called on Russia to provide the Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov with the necessary treatment and to release all Ukrainian political prisoners. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, together with the Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada Lyudmila Denisova, demanded Russia to provide official information about the state of health of the Ukrainian political prisoner, who ended the hunger strike on October 6.

Lawyer Dmitriy Dinze publicized a letter from Oleg Sentsov in which the political prisoner announced that he was ending his hunger strike on October 6. Sentsov noted in the letter that otherwise he was threatened with forced feeding.
 
Source: eeas.europa.eu

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