Lubinets names numbers of political prisoners held by Russia
Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets (Photo:Дмитро Лубінець / Facebook)
180 people in Crimea have been detained due to political reasons, including 116 Crimean Tatars, since the beginning of the occupation of the peninsula, the Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets, revealed on Telegram on Feb. 26.
On Feb. 26, 2014, a mass rally in support of Ukraine's territorial integrity took place in Sevastopol. This date was declared the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Ukrainian government.
Lubinets stated that Russia continues to harshly repress and harass Ukrainians in the occupied peninsula of Crimea – performing illegal searches, fabricating criminal cases, and reaching false verdicts.
The recent deaths of two political prisoners, Konstantin Shiring and Dzhemil Gafarov, in Russian custody showcased this blatant violation of fundamental human rights and international law, Lubinets said, noting that the pair had not been provided with the necessary medical attention.
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