The Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova appealed to the Russian Ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova with a request to conduct a full medical examination and provide the necessary medical assistance to the so-called second Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendant Dzhemil Gafarov. This was reported by Denisova via her Facebook account.
“I appeal to the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation, Tatyana Moskalkova, to conduct a full medical examination and provide appropriate medical assistance to the illegally convicted Crimean Tatar Dzhemil Gafarov, who is currently being detained in the pre-trial detention center 1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol”,- the statement underlined.
According to Denisova, Dzhemil Gafarov’s health has critically worsened, at the moment he is suffering from an exacerbation of kidney disease, problems with the intestines, heart and ear. In addition, the Ukrainian political prisoner has been troubled by a persistent cough for three weeks. He was not provided with medical assistance in the pre-trial detention center.
We remind that on March 27, Russian security forces in occupied Crimea carried out mass searches in 26 dwellings of Crimean Tatars. Literature was seized from some activists, which, according to Crimean Solidarity, was planted by the security forces themselves. In addition to books and brochures, people were confiscated phones, tablets, laptops and passports. Security officials behaved in a rude manner. It is reported that they resorted to physical force and violence against detainees and entered the houses in shoes. Lawyers who arrived at the site of the searches were not allowed to contact their clients. According to the results, 20 people were suspected of their membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which is banned in the Russian Federation. On March 28, three more Crimean Tatar activists were detained, in whose dwellings searches were carried out in their absence. The whereabouts of yet another Crimean Tatar – Edem Yayachikov – remains unknown. On March 27-28, the occupation court arrested all 23 detainees after searches of Crimean Tatar activists. They chose a preventive measure in the form of detention until May 15. Everyone is accused of membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which is banned in the Russian Federation. Later, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova said that information about the whereabouts of previously arrested Crimean Tatars in the Rostov region was confirmed. According to her, they were assigned to five pre-trial detention centers in the Rostov region.