KYIV (QHA) -

Today, Sept 2 the social activists held a campaign "Plant trees, not people!" outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev in order to support the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov.

According to a QHA correspondent, the campaign involves the representatives of non-governmental organization KrymSOS, human rights activists, as well as a Crimean citizen and a former Russia’s political prisoner Gennady Afanasiev.

Those gathered outside the Embassy of the aggressor country will plant a tree and put on it the names of all Ukrainian political prisoners.

- We are sure it is necessary to plant trees, not civilians. That is why together we will plant a tree near the Russian Embassy in order to remind them of dozens of political prisoners in the Kremlin. Especially we ask to prohibit usage of punishment psychiatry agaisnt Ilmi Umerov, said Gennady Afanasiev.

The protesters have invited all concerned to attend tomorrow the World solidarity action in support of Ilmi Umerov.

Getting to know about the upcoming actions, Ilmi Umerov said that the protesters should demand the release of all political prisoners, as well as an end to repressions against the Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the Crimea.

September, 13 the so-called Supreme Court of the annexed Crimea is due to consider two appeals by Ilmi Umerov’s defense – against his placement in a psychiatric hospital and the actions of the FSB investigator.

May 19, the occupation authorities accused Umerov of separatist statements during his speech at the ATR TV Channel when the Mejlis Deputy Chairman said "it is necessary to force Russia to pull back from Crimea and Donbas." Following that, the FSB in the Crimea has launched a criminal case against Umerov "on suspicion of incitement to violation of territorial integrity of the Russian Federation."

On August 11, Umerov became unwell during a court hearing in his case. He was hospitalized with a heart attack risk. On August 18, the FSB illegally transferred the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov from the hospital to a psychiatric clinic.

The health of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov – transferred 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.

 

QHA