Urgent Action: Update: Jailed Crimean Tatar’s Health Still at Risk (Russian Federation: UA 79.19)

On 3 July a court in Russian – occupied Crimea rejected Edem Bekirov’s appeal to review his pre-trial detention. Crimean Tatar, Edem Bekirov, has been detained since December 2018 in conditions that are not suitable for his disability. He also continues to be denied the specialzed medical care he urgently requires due to his numerous conditions and that is not available in the detention center.



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Major General Vadim V. Bulgakov
Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Directorate for Crimea
Ul. Gagarina 18-a
Email: [email protected] [email protected]
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Major General,

I am writing to express my concern regarding the worrying health situation of Edem Bekirov, who is currently held in the Simferopol SIZO since his detention on 12 December 2018. Edem Bekirov has a number of serious medical conditions, including diabetes, an open wound on his amputated leg, and heart problems after a heart attack, that require specialized and constant medical care that is not available in the detention center. Moreover, he is held in conditions that are not suitable for a person with a disability, and as a result he is deprived of regular access to fresh air and proper access to sanitation. Despite this, on 3 July a court rejected Edem Bekirov’s appeal to review his pre-trial detention.

On 19 June, Edem Bekirov was temporarily transferred to a hospital to be examined by a cardiologist and an endocrinologist. Edem Bekirov’s lawyer believes this was a way for Russia to comply with a decision by the European Court of Human Rights granting interim measures in favor of Edem Bekirov on account of his deteriorating health. Edem Bekirov’s lawyer, who contacted the detention center’s medics after his client was returned from the hospital, reported that he was not allowed to see the actual results of the examination. The lawyer also added that Edem Bekirov requires an examination by a neurologist, an orthopaedist, and a lung specialist to fully assess his health condition.

The conditions in which Edem Bekirov is kept, including non-provision of the medical care he requires, violate his human rights, put his life at risk and amount to inhuman and degrading treatment.

I therefore call on you to urgently ensure that Edem Bekirov is provided with the medical care he requires, including in a hospital outside of the penitentiary system if this is not available to him in detention; ensure Edem Bekirov’s lawyer is allowed to access the medical file to see the actual results of his client’s examinations.

Yours sincerely,