17:26 13.09.2018

U.S. calls on Russia to stop enforced disappearances and torture in occupied Crimea

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U.S. calls on Russia to stop enforced disappearances and torture in occupied Crimea

 The Russian Federation should stop using tactics such as enforced disappearances and torture to persecute residents of Russian-occupied Crimea, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has said.

"Ervin Ibrahimov, a member of Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars and a member of the Regional Mejlis, was stopped in his car and abducted by men in uniforms. He tried to escape, but was thrown into a minibus," the Embassy tweeted on Thursday. "Russia must return them to their families and stop using tactics such as enforced disappearances and torture to stifle political dissent and persecute Crimeans."

Member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, member of the Bakhchysarai regional Mejlis Ervin Ibrahimov was abducted in Bakhchysarai in occupied Crimea on May 24, 2016.

Two years later, on May 24, 2018, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov reported that Ibrahimov's whereabouts had not been established.

Chubarov also said he had appealed to international organizations, namely the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union and the OSCE, on behalf of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, asking them to take all necessary measures to effectively investigate the circumstances of Ibrahimov's abduction and bring those responsible to justice.

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