KIEV (QHA) -

On June 3, Assistant UN Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic delivered a report in Kiev called ‘Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine 16 February to 15 May 2016’.   

According to the report, there have been news cases of human rights abuses in Russia-annexed Crimea over the recent months. In particular, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov is now charged with ‘violating territorial integrity of the Russian Federation, a crime that carries a punishment of 5 years in prison’.

“On 12 May, Ilmy Umerov, one of the three deputy heads of the Mejlis, was  arrested  by  the  Russian  FSB  in  Simferopol  and  charged  with  the  offence  of making “public calls and actions aimed at undermining the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”, an offense which carries a prison sentence of up to 5 years. The accusation against Mr. Umerov refers to statements he made to the Ukrainian media on March 2016 and internet publications. He was released on the same day but is under the obligation not to leave Crimea,” the document says.

Another Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis, Akhtem  Chiihoz,  has  been  detained  in  Crimea  since  2015  for  his  alleged  role  in organizing violent protests on February 26, 2014.

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