Former Ukrainian political prisoners expressed concern about political repression in Ukraine
Former Ukrainian political prisoners Ahtem Chiygoz, Oleg Sentsov, Mr Baluch, Nikolai Karpyuk, Evgeny Panov, Nikolay Sinanovic, Alexander Kolchenko, Igor Kozlovsky and Vladimir Pearls spoke out against political repression. Their position, they announced at a joint press conference on 19 June
Ukrainian film Director, screenwriter and writer, former prisoner of the Kremlin Oleg Sentsov said that all Ukrainian political prisoners were in prisons of the Russian Federation or in the occupied territories “not for any crime but for a civil position, for Ukraine”.
“We thought that only in Russia and in the occupied territories, where no law is, people are persecuted for their views. Back in Ukraine, I saw that the same system exists in Ukraine: people being prosecuted for civil or political position. I would really like to see our government focused not on the persecution of former activists and politicians, and worked on the construction of a truly independent judiciary, because there we have a very big problem – is it?? almost not reformed. To the authorities concentrated on the reform of the Prosecutor’s office which should be independent on the reform of the Ministry of internal Affairs,” said Sentsov.
Deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, ex-political prisoner and people’s Deputy Ahtem Chiygoz said that the processes which are developing today in Ukraine is very dangerous.
“This applies to all areas: political repression and attacks on the language, and in the army, and all that we are after the revolution of Dignity were able to build in our state. Therefore we say that this is unacceptable, and people, when they say “No to revenge”, “No surrender”, referring to the mentioned processes,” said Chiygoz.
- On June 18 the Embassy of the United States, Canada and Germany appealed to the authorities of Ukraine with the reminder that the court is not intended to settle political scores.
- On the same day the Lviv regional Council adopted an appeal to President Vladimir Zelensky and the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmitry Razumkova on political repression.
- They cited the example of opening about twenty criminal proceedings against the fifth President Petro Poroshenko; the charge is murder community activist, former leader of the Odessa cell of the Right sector Sergey Sternenko; the murder of Pavel Sheremet, whom suspects in custody, but “evidence in court of law enforcement not passed”; and the accusations against General Dmitry Marchenko, the former people’s Deputy Tetiana Chornovol, former Director of the Institute of national memory, people’s Deputy Volodymyr Viatrovych and other.
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