12/03/2019

Urgent Action Update: Rights Defender Facing Trumped-Up Charges (Russian Federation: UA 150.19)


The trial of Server Mustafayev has started following his transfer to a detention center in Rostov-on-Don, southwest Russia. Server Mustafayev is a human rights defender from Russian-occupied Crimea who has been in detention since May 2018, under false terrorism-related charges. He is a prisoner of conscience, targeted solely for his human rights activism, and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

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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
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @RusEmbUSA
Facebook: @RusEmbUSA
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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 terrorism-related charges and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Server Mustafayev has been in detention since May 2018. During this time, he has been subjected to conditions that amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment, including while he was held in SIZO-1 in Krasdonar. Since his transfer to detention center SIZO-1 in Rostov-on-Don on 3 November, Sever Mustafayev has been denied the possibility to practice his Muslim religion, including the possibility to hold all the prayers that his faith requires. He has also been served with food which his faith prohibits, including meals containing pork.

He is standing trial before a military court, which violates his right to a fair trial. Moreover, his transfer from Crimea to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, 700 km from his home, is a violation of international humanitarian law.

Server Mustafayev is the founder and coordinator of the grassroots movement Crimean Solidarity. The movement was created on 9 April 2016 to provide solidarity and support to victims of political and religious persecution that followed Russian occupation of Crimea. The charges against Server Mustafayev are trumped up and have been levied in retaliation for his human rights work. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be freed immediately and unconditionally.

I urge you to take all the necessary steps to ensure that Server Mustafayev is released immediately and unconditionally, and all charges against him are dropped; and that he is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including via practices that target him on the basis of his Muslim faith.

Yours sincerely,

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