VIENNA (QHA) -

The US is concerned about the health status of the Crimean Tatar activist Uzeir Abdullayev and Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh, according to the statement of US representatives at the OSCE Permanent Council.

“The continuing persecution of Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian activists is another violation of Russia's obligations towards the OSCE. The United States is deeply concerned about the critical condition of Uzeir Abdullayev, one of more than a dozen Crimean Tatars charged with belonging to Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an Islamic group that is legitimate in Ukraine ... We remind Russia that we expect it to provide adequate medical assistance to those who are in the occupation," reads the statemen.

Furthermore, the grave state of health of Volodymyr Balukh was noted. US representatives also expressed concern with the situation around the deaths of Crimean Tatars in remand centers.

“We are concerned that four people died in April under suspicious circumstances during their preliminary detention in the center in Simferopol, where Balukh is kept, the dead were, among other things, included two Crimean Tatars. Representatives of the "authorities" came to the conclusion that all these deaths were suicides. In view of previous allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, poor conditions and other abuses at this site, we call on the Russian occupation authorities to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into these deaths," the representatives of the United States noted.

Earlier it was reported that the US State Department urged the occupation authorities in the Crimea to release Volodymyr Balukh.

Reference: Balukh declared an indefinite hunger strike, protesting against the verdict of the court. March 19, the Ukrainian was transferred to a solitary confinement cell.

Previously, Razdolnensky district court in the occupied Crimea condemned Volodymyr Balukh for 3 years and 7 months of imprisonment for his civic position Volodymyr  Balukh will serve time in the colony-settlement. The Ukrainian activist was taken into custody in the courthouse.

Volodymyr Balukh is a Crimean farmer, who hung out a Ukrainian flag on his house in 2014, which was repeatedly ripped off by Crimean security officials. In November 2016 Volodymyr attached to his house a sign with the inscription "18, Heroes of Heavenly Hundred Street”. According to him, he then started receiving threats from local “administration” saying that if he did not remove it, then some drugs or weapons could be found in his house, which in fact has happened.

QHA reported that Uzeir Abdullayev was placed in the sanitary part of Simferopol remand center. Such a decision was made after members of the Public Monitoring Commission of the Crimea at the request of Abdullayev’s wife visited him in the remand center.

Dilyara Abdullaeva, the mother of the political prisoner, reported that her son had sepsis.
According to her, Uzeir Abdullayev had a high fever, which did not get off, and his left leg is swollen.

QHA