Amnesty Internation Calls for Release of Server Mustafayev
The human rights advocate shares a 4-square-meter cell with appalling sanitation with other inmates - Amnesty
Photo Ilya Tarasov / krym.org (RFE/RL)
Amnesty International is organizing a campaign for the release of the founder of the Crimean Solidarity initiative.
In his detention, Server Mustafayev is suffering inhumane and degrading treatment, the human rights organization stated. The human rights advocate shares a 4-square-meter cell with appalling sanitation with other inmates, Amnesty stated.
Amnesty asked that all who care sign a petition demanding that all charges on Mustafayev be dropped and that he be released.
Mustafayev was detained on May 21, 2018, and arrested on fake charges of alleged terrorist activities. His case and the case of another Crimean Tatar detained on the same day were attached to another case, the so-called ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ case.
The Hizb ut-Tahrir religious organization – legal in Ukraine – has been labeled a terrorist one by Russia. After Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, occupying authorities have used alleged membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir as a means of persecuting Crimean Tatars who have resisted the occupation.
Mustafayev is a prisoner of conscience being persecuted solely for his human rights activism, Amnesty International said.