The Platform of Crimean Tatar organizations in Turkey (the most numerous association of derneks) demands from the occupying Crimean authorities to free the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov. The Platform reported on it in the own press address:
Ilmi Umerov was forcibly transferred to a psychiatric clinic
The Crimean Tatar people and its leaders in the occupied Crimea face a new wave of pressure by Putin's Russia after the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov was transferred into a psychiatric hospital.
This shameful method, practiced against dissidents and human rights activists in the Soviet Union, is once again applied to the freedom-loving peaceful Crimean Tatar people and activists who speak out against the occupation.
The only charges brought against Ilmi Umerov are his words "Russia must pull back from Crimea and Donbas." The Russian authorities regard this statement as "separatism" and believe that those who voice such statements cannot be healthy and therefore must be placed under supervision of psychiatrists
. In such a barbaric and shameful way Ilmi Umerov was locked up in the psychiatric clinic. It is harder and harder for Ilmi Umerov to stand up and give speeches since he suffers a heart failure, diabetes and Parkinson's disease. The health state of Ilmi Umerov has deteriorated August 11 during a hearing in the city of Simferopol. August 18, 2016 he was forcibly transferred from a hospital to a psychiatric clinic.
Umerov was prohibited to meet with anyone, as well as to keep any belongings on him. The conditions in the clinic are worse than in jail. The Putin’s regime openly seeks to destroy him both physically and mentally. Ilmi Umerov’s life is at a very serious threat.
Ilmi Umerov is not the first victim of the Putin regime in the Crimea. 13 peaceful activists and one Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Ahtem Chiygoz for two years have been held in the jail on charges of acting against the occupation. From the beginning of the annexation of the Crimea until today there is no information on tens of Crimean Tatars who were abducted by people in the uniform. And finally, so far there is no information on the whereabouts of a member of the WCCT Coordinating Council Erwin Ibragimov who was kidnapped in May by people in police uniform.
The Putin regime has declared the national representative body of the Crimean Tatars - Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People a "terrorist organization" and completely banned its activity, although its basic principles are the democratic values and rejection of violence. The Crimean Tatar leaders, especially Mustafa Dzhemilev, was also banned from entering the homeland.
Despite the barbaric and cruel invaders’ methods, the Crimean Tatar people will never prefer violence to peace. People who have been subjected to atrocities of Putin's regime are not terrorists. This is the people. The occupiers are trying to terrorize and intimidate the Crimean Tatar people, make them leave their homeland out of despair. Simply put, they are trying to erase it from the history.
On behalf of millions of Crimean Tatars in Turkey, we demand to immediate release all peaceful political prisoners who became hostages of the Putin’s regime, especially Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz. We will never recognize the barbaric Russian occupation of Crimea, as well as our heroes in their homeland do it.
And even if someone is trying to make people forget about the Crimean Tatars under the cover of the blood and smoke of Putin's Russia, the Crimean Tatar people will never surrender!
Yesterday, 21 August, according to the Head of the CEC of the Kurultai of Crimean Tatars Zair Smedlyaev, the health state of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov has deteriorated sharply. He lost consciousness, presumably due to the aggravation of hypertensive crisis.
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."
Ilmi Umerov started feeling sick at the hearing on August, 11 in the city of Simferopol. He was hospitalized with heart attack risk. August, 18 FSB officers 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.