How to Liberate Ukrainian Political Prisoners in Crimea
The Ukrainian ombudswoman gave the Turkish ombudsman a list with the name of 115 Ukrainians imprisoned by the Russian Federation in hopes that he would deliver the list to Turkish President Recep Erdogan
At a meeting with her Turkish counterpart, Ukrainian ombudswoman Liudmyla Denisova discussed how to liberate Ukrainian political prisoners who have been arrested in occupied Crimea.
“I came here because Turkey supports Ukraine. President (Recep) Erdogan believes that Crimea is Ukraine and that is very important to us. Aside from that, Turkey is a co-author of several UN resolutions on human rights violations in Crimea,” Denisova said.
Denisova’s meeting with Turkish ombudsman Şeref Malkoç was part of a larger conference for ombudsmen held in Turkey.
“I gave him a list with the names of 115 Ukrainian citizens that are imprisoned in the Russian Federation and temporarily occupied Crimea. We really hope it will be relayed to the president of Turkey and efforts will be made to return our citizens back home from the occupied territories,” Denisova said.
Malkoç said that Turkey is ready to fight for the rights of the Kremlin’s prisoners and again stated that Ankara condemns the occupation of Crimea and will never recognize the annexation of the peninsula.
“We have held a long meeting with Ukrainian ombudswoman Liudmyla Denisova. We have discussed the issues regarding the list of imprisoned people, and looked for a way to solve this problem. She gave us a list of names that contain pictures and biographies of people that are in prison. If we are contacted by those detained or their relatives we will discuss these issues with Russian ombudswoman,” he said.
Denisova also held talks on how to liberate Ukrainian political prisoners with the Lithuanian ombudsman and representatives of the Crimean Tatar diaspora in Istanbul.
Some 200 people from 55 countries gathered at the international ombudsman conference in Istanbul. The main goal of the gathering being to develop new ways of protecting human rights.