Ombudsperson of Ukraine Denisova gives Turkey list of Ukrainian political prisoners
A list with information about 115 political prisoners, including 87 Crimean Tatars illegally held in Russia and occupied Crimea, was handed over to the Turkish Ombudsman Şeref Malkoç.
This follows from the message by the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on human rights Lyudmila Denisova, who is currently in Istanbul, where she takes part in the 2nd international conference of Ombudsmen.
During a meeting with a Turkish colleague, Denisova asked for strengthening cooperation between Kyiv and Ankara on the issue of returning Ukrainian political prisoners home.
Şeref Malkoç promised the Ukrainian Ombudsperson assistance in the struggle for the return of prisoners of the Kremlin.
Denisova also expressed gratitude for the personal assistance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the release of Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov in 2017 and thanked Turkey for co-sponsoring the draft resolution “The situation with human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine”, which was recently approved by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.
On September 13, the Ukrainian side compiled and sent to Moscow a new list for the exchange of Ukrainians held in Russia and the Crimea.
Earlier, Lyudmila Denisova said that prospects existed for another exchange of held persons between Ukraine and Russia, which could take place before the end of 2019.
“Server believes that this is our struggle. Therefore, whatever the conditions are, they will be patient and continue their struggle,” said the mother of the political prisoner.