The Union of Crimean Tatars in Bulgaria "Asabai" has joined global actions in support of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, illegally held in a psychiatric hospital in the annexed Crimea, as well as other political prisoners of the Kremlin.
The Declaration published by the Union reiterates that the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation is an "unacceptable step in the 21st century." The occupation authorities of Crimea are putting pressure on the people who opposed the annexation, and especially on the Crimean Tatars, who demonstrated opposition to the Russian invasion:
“Actions of neo-Stalinists, Putin, in Crimea are the continuation of the 1944 genocide of the Crimean Tatars. The Kremlin banned the Mejlis, a representative body of the Crimean Tatar, which members are now being persecuted. Dozens of Crimean Tatars have been missed or killed since the occupation. The arrests of the Crimean Tatars, searches at their house have become part of their everyday life. The invaders make efforts to break the will of the Crimean Tatar people. One of the fundamental human rights - the right to live in homeland - is broken. Crimean Tatars have no other homeland except Crimea.
Today we see that the Kremlin once again resorts to the methods of the Soviet regime, when people who opposed the government were confined in psychiatric hospitals. The Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umer became a victim of the system. May 12, 2016, an active member of the Crimean Tatar national movement Ilmi Umer was arrested on suspicion of appeals and actions to undermine the territorial integrity of Russia. His statements about the barbaric illegal occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and that Crimea is part of Ukraine, are completely consistent with the statements of the international community. But, despite the fact that Ilmi Umerov is mentally healthy, he was involuntary confined in a psychiatric clinic for his strong position and own views. Physical state of Umerov is under threatened.
We, the Crimean Tatars, loyal citizens of Bulgaria, cannot remain indifferent to the fate of our compatriots living in their historical homeland. We declare that the efforts undertaken by the Russian Federation to Ilmi Umerov are illegal and violate all norms of international law. We consider his arrest and prosecution as illegal actions resulting from the coincidence of his views with the position of the international community.
We, the Union of Crimean Tatars in Bulgaria Asabai, call on Russia to ensure humanism and the human relation to the population in the occupied part of Ukraine. It is necessary to immediately release Ilmi Umerov from a psychiatric clinic, to provide him with all necessary medical care and drop all charges against him. We believe that it is necessary to give permission to independent specialists and experts to visit Crimea and assess the health of Ilmi Umerov, as well as the situation with human rights in the Crimea.”
As QHA reported earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, illegally confined in a psychiatric hospital in the annexed Crimea, posted a statement on his Facebook on the eve of World Solidarity Day in his support.
In his statement, Ilmi Umer called on all concerned people to take to the streets to support political prisoners around the world on September 3.
The criminal case against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov was launched at the request of the so-called Public Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea. The prosecution alleges that in March 2016, Umerov being in the territory of Ukraine, publicly called to "violate the territorial integrity of Russia" during his live interview with ATR TV Channel.
August 18, FSB officers - before the entry of the court decision into force - illegally transferred Umerov from the hospital to a psychiatric clinic, taking away vital medication and allowing him to see his family in a strictly specified time.
The health of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov – transported to the Simferopol mental hospital for a compulsory forensic examination - deteriorated sharply on August 21. He lost consciousness, presumably due to the aggravation of hypertensive crisis.
Nikolai Polozov, the defendant's lawyer, assesses the state of his health as a serious but stable.