10 days have passed since Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov was put in a psychiatric hospital of Akmesdzhit for compulsory forensic psychiatric examination. During this time, activists all over the world expressed their support for him. Avdet offers to have a look at several brightest rallies in support of the Crimean Tatar activist.
During the rally in Brussels, Belgium human rights defenders reminded that punitive psychiatry is equated with torture and inhuman treatment, and called for immediate release of Umerov. “We are deeply indignant at the actions of the Crimean authorities against Ilmi Umerov. Punitive psychiatry – well known Soviet method of dealing with dissidence that in the modern world can be equated with torture and inhuman treatment. Umerov must be released immediately”- said Simon Papuashvili, the Project Manager and activist of the organization “International Partnership for Human Rights”.
Similar rally in support of the Mejlis Deputy Head was held in Berlin. The event was organized by the Public Organization Qirimli.
Polish and Crimean Tatar activists gathered under the walls of the Russian embassy in Warsaw and organized a picket to express support for Ilmi Umerov.
On August 26 the Independence Square in Kiev gathered civil society activists, politicians, human rights activists and volunteers to express their support for Ilmi Umerov. The rally started with improvised performance with the help of which activists showed how this type of expert examination is held in conditions of the Russian imprisonment.
Melitopol activists and members of the local Mejlis organized a rally of solidarity with the Crimean political prisoners. Its slogan was “Freedom to Ilmi Umerov!”, “Where is Erwin?”, “Freedom to political prisoners of Crimea”, “Our leaders are not terrorists”.
On top of that, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine addressed the Committees on Foreign Affairs of the democratic countries and international organizations to assist and to address the Government of the Russian Federation the demand to release political prisoner Ilmi Umerov because his life is in danger.
Next week at the meeting of Foreign Ministers within OSCE activities, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin will urge partner countries to increase pressure on Russia to release political prisoners.
International Human Rights Organization Human Rights Watch addresses the Russian authorities to release Ilmi Umerov immediately.
Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate Clement visited the Deputy Head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov. “Today I came here just like any person would come to the loved one willing to do something to help. Just to be there when it is difficult”- said the Crimean Archbishop Clement.