KYIV (QHA) -

Today, on the World Day of Solidarity with Ilmi Umerov, activists have hung a banner with the inscription # Stop Killing Ilmi Umerov in support of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on a pedestrian bridge over the Heavenly Hundred Heroes Alley in Kyiv.

According to a QHA correspondent, representatives of KrymSOS NGO, human rights activists, as well as the Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Refat Chubarov, take part in the action.

"It is very important for us to understand the feelings of the Ukrainian community with regard to Crimea. We cannot even think that Crimea is not Ukrainian territory in their eyes. Conducting such campaigns, we give signals to Ukrainians and Russians living in Crimea. Ilmi Umerov and hundreds of other people there say openly that Crimea is Ukrainian land. This banner will hang here for a week. Anyone who can assume that Crimea or Donbas can be yielded to Russia is a traitor," said the Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis.

Refat Chubarov also expressed his indignation at some Ukrainian MPs, who openly offered to hold a referendum on the status of Crimea. He did not list all the MPs, but voiced the name of Nestor Shufrich.

Moreover, the Head of the Mejlis said that the issue of the Crimea occupation and repressions in the peninsula will be raised at the G20 Summit in China.

The campaign was also attended by Zare, the wife of Ilmi Umerov's brother. 

"We hope that he will be released from a psychiatric clinic on September 7. For the first time since the Soviet Union, the punitive psychiatry has been carried out. We were shocked having learned of this decision - to transfer him to a clinic. The situation of the Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea is horrible. Anyone can be subjected to searches and arrest. They cannot prove their innocence in courts, as well," she said.

The activists called on people to support Ilmi Umerov and express their solidarity with him.

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.

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