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Manifestation against prosecution of Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov at the Maidan in Kyiv

On the 31st of January representatives of Ukrainian and international human rights organizations, lawyers and activists as well as leaders of the Mejlis urged to stop the persecution of detained lawyer Emil Kurbedinov.

The action began at the Maidan at 14:00. First of all organizers and participants of the action mentioned the alarming developments in Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast, which found itself under fire of rebels. Early in this day a state of emergency was declared in this town. Chairman of the Mejlis and people’s deputy of Ukraine Refat Chubarov called the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to gather for a special meeting due with this events.

Refat Chubarov
Refat Chubarov

On 26 January, the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov was detained in Bakhchysarai. During the arrest, he drove to the house of Crimean Tatar activist Seiran Salirev, who was searched at that time. In the same morning, the office of Mr. Kurbedinov and the lawyer Edem Semedliaiev was searched in Simferopol. Mr. Kurbedinov is a defender of detainees in the case of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the case of February 26, and attorney of Ilmi Umerov and journalist Mykola Semena. Center “E” accuses him of “spreading extremist materials” under Article 20.3 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses. Mr. Kurbedinov was sentenced to 10 days of administrative arrest.

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Human rights defenders and state officials called for raising public awareness about the case of the detained Crimean lawyer and a new round of repression in the occupied peninsula. The support of the detained and the request to release him was expressed by international and Ukrainian human rights organizations, Ukrainian and Russian lawyers. Amnesty International declared that Mr. Kurbedinov is a prisoner of conscience.

Eskender Beriev
Eskender Beriev
Tamila Tasheva, Крим SOS
Tamila Tasheva, Крим SOS

According to the director of the Crimean Human Rights Protection Group Olha Skrypnyk, ‘This is the case not just against Emil Kurbedinov. This is the case against all independent professional lawyers who despite the general risk that they face in the Russian Federation, are trying to protect our citizens.’

Crimea SOS, Media Initiative for Human Rights, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the Center for Civil Liberties / Euromaidan SOS and the Information Centre for Human Rights organized the action at the Independence Square.

Alexandra Matvijchuk, the Center for Civil Liberties / Euromaidan SOS
Alexandra Matvijchuk, the Center for Civil Liberties / Euromaidan SOS
Roman Martynovsky, Daria Sviridova, UHHRU
Roman Martynovsky, Daria Svyrydova, UHHRU
Oksana Pokalchuk, Amnesty International
Oksana Pokalchuk, Amnesty International
Zoryan Kys, Freedom House Ukraine
Zoryan Kys, Freedom House Ukraine

The theatrical event illustrated the struggle with dissidence in occupied Crimea, the persecutions of ethnic Ukrainian and Crimean Tatars, and all who disagree with the unified and repressive imperial policy of the so-called Russian World.

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photos by Ivan Shelekhov, UHHRU

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