KYIV (QHA) -

Nine Ukrainian human rights organizations called on the international community to condemn the prosecution of lawyers in Crimea by Russian security forces.

The corresponding statement appeared on the website of the Crimean Human Rights Group.

Its authors called on international non-governmental human rights organizations like Amnesty International, Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights House Network and others to publicly state the inadmissibility of such persecution.
The appeals are also addressed to intergovernmental organizations of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization of Security Council of Europe to condemn the pressure on lawyers and human rights defenders, as well as to appeal to the Russian authorities to stop this persecution.

The appeal notes that the status of a lawyer is determined by international law, respectively, lawyers should not be identified with clients and their cases in connection with the performance of their professional duties.

“We also appeal to national and international Bar Association to show solidarity and publicly speak out in defense of their colleagues working in the occupied Crimea, and also put this issue on the agenda of their organizations.

In their appeal, human rights organizations described how Russian security forces broke into the office of Crimean Tatar lawyer Emil Kurbedinov without legal grounds.

“Earlier, on October 27, 2018, similar cautions were also handed over to lawyers Edem Semedlyaev and Lili Gemedzhi, as well as the Coordinator of the public association Crimean Solidarity Dilyaver Memetov during a regular meeting of family members of Crimean Tatar political prisoners. According to law enforcement officers, they had operational data indicating that the lawyers were among the possible organizers of solitary pickets in support of defendants in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case. At the same time, neither lawyers, nor the lawyer self-government bodies were informed of any non-public searching actions against lawyers.”

The appeal was signed by the Center for Civil Liberties, the Crimean Human Rights Group, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the Luhansk Regional Human Rights Center Alternative, the East Ukrainian Center for Public Initiatives, the Open Dialog Foundation, the Public Organization KrymCOS, the Center for Information on Human Rights and the Regional human rights center.
 
On November 6, employees of the Russian "Center for Countering Extremism" came to the office for human rights defenders from the Crimean Solidarity in the annexed Crimea.

Security officials handed a caution to the Crimean Tatar lawyer Emil Kurbedinov. The Coordinator of the public initiative "KrymsSOS" Tamila Tasheva, informed that masked people who did not present their documents came along with the "prosecutor".

On October 27, employees of the Russian prosecutor's office along with unknowns in masks came to the meeting of the Crimean Solidarity public association.
Lawyers Edem Semedlyaev, Lile Gemdzhi and coordinator of the public association Crimean Solidarity Dilaver Memetov were warned about preventing violations of the legislation in the field of extremism.

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