07/06/2018

Urgent Action Update: Imprisoned Journalist Goes on Hunger Strike (Ukraine: UA 160.17)


Stanislav Aseev, a Ukrainian freelance journalist who the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have kept in detention on spurious charges since June 2017, has declared a hunger strike. The de facto authorities claim the journalist committed “espionage”- a trumped up accusation, based solely on his legitimate, peaceful work as a journalist.

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Stanislav Aseev, a Ukrainian freelance journalist who the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have kept in detention on spurious charges since June 2017, has declared a hunger strike. The de facto authorities claim the journalist committed “espionage”- a trumped up accusation, based solely on his legitimate, peaceful work as a journalist.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately release Stanislav Aseev;
  • Pending his release, allow him to be visited by the UN Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and ensure that he has regular access to adequate medical care;
  • Ensure that Stanislav Aseev and other journalists are able to carry out legitimate journalist activities without interference, including when travelling in and out of the territories affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine;
  • Remind them that under international humanitarian law, which is binding on all parties in conflict, arbitrary, abusive and prolonged detention of civilians is prohibited.

Contact these two officials by 17 August, 2018:
Head of the Donetsk Peoples’ Republic (DNR)
Aleksandr Zakharchenko
Artyoma St., 68,
Donetsk, Ukraine
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Head of DNR

Ambassador Valeriy Chaly, Embassy of Ukraine
3350 M St NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 349 2963 I Fax: 1 202 333 0817
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @UKRintheUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 160.17
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