Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender Imprisoned and Ill-Treated (Russian Federation: UA 150.19)

Human rights defender Server Mustafayev from Russian-occupied Crimea has been in detention since May 2018, under false terrorism-related charges. On 12 September he was transferred from Crimea to southwest Russia. He is awaiting further transfer from Krasnodar to Rostov-on-Don where he will face military court. His detention in a shared four-square meter cell, with appalling sanitation, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment. He has been targeted solely for his human rights activism.



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Yuriy Yakovlevich Chaika
Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
Prosecutor General’s Office
Ul. B. Dmitrovka, d. 15a
125993 Moscow GSP-3
Russian Federation
Fax: +7495 987 58 41/ +7495 692 17 25
Twitter: @Genproc
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 202 298 5700 I Fax: 202 298 5735
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Prosecutor General,

I am writing concerning the case of Server Mustafayev, a human rights defender from Crimea, who is being prosecuted under trumped-up charges. Since 13 September, he has been held in conditions that amount to inhuman and degrading treatment, in SIZO-1 in Krasnodar. According to the detention center’s paperwork, he should be held in a dorm-type cell. In fact, it is a small, four square meter cell which he at times shares with another inmate. He does not have regular access to water, and the toilet in his cell periodically floods the floor of the cell with feces. Server Mustafayev is a practicing Muslim, and is forced to stay hungry all day whenever pork is served in the detention center. He filed three complaints over his detention conditions, yet all of them have been ignored.

The trumped-up terrorism-related charges have been levied against Server Mustafayev in retaliation for his human rights work in support of victims of human rights violations in Crimea. His transfer from Crimea is a violation of international humanitarian law. He is currently in Krasnodar, en-route to Rostov-on-Don, 700 km from his home in Crimea, where he will stand trial in a military court in violation of his right to a fair trial.

In light of the above, I urge you to ensure that Server Mustafayev is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment, including conditions that amount to inhuman and degrading treatment; that the charges against Server Mustafayev are dropped, and he is released immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience prosecuted solely for his human rights activism.

Yours sincerely,


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