Jul 20, 2016

Crimean Tatars: Leading Russian Human Rights NGO Recognizes Community Members as Political Prisoners

The Russian Human Rights Centre “Memorial” has recognized the four Crimean Tatars accused of terrorism by Russian Authorities as political prisoners. Arrested on charges of involvement with Hizb ut-Tahrir, the four Crimean Tatars denied having any links with the organisation whose activities are forbidden in the Russian Federation. The "Memorial" indicated a lack of evidence in the accusations.

Below is an article published by Ukrinform

The Human Rights Centre "Memorial " considers the four people who were first arrested in the Crimea in the case of" Hizb ut-Tahrir" Ruslana Zeytullayeva, Ferata Sayfullayeva, Rustem Vaitova and Prymova Nuri" as political prisoners - the words of human rights Radio Liberty. The "Memorial" indicates a lack of evidence, with no sign of a commission or preparation of the unification of the terrorist attacks anywhere in the world. In Western Europe and North America "Hizb ut-Tahrir" is not prohibited, with the exception of administrative restrictions on its activities in Germany.

"Defendants in the case have not claimed any link or why, in addition to belonging to" Hizb ut-Tahrir "reading Islamist literature and communication. There is no evidence that the defendants are dangerous to society, no", according to "Memorial". In addition, say human rights activists, Crimea is occupied territory and, under international law, Russia could not "completely abolish criminal legislation in force at the beginning of the occupation, and replace him with his." And under the Ukrainian law "Hizb ut-Tahrir" is a legal entity.

Ruslan Zeytullayeva accused of organizing a terrorist organization faces life imprisonment. The rest are accused of participating in the activities of a terrorist organization, they may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 10 years. Total in Russia annexed Crimea in this case was detained 14 people. The case is considered in the North Caucasus Military District Court.

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