International human rights organisation Human Rights Watch calls on the Russian authorities to immediately release the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov
, held in a psychiatric hospital.
"Umerov's forced detentions in a psychiatric institution is a wanton violation of his rights. It is also a shameful attempt to use psychiatry to silence him and to slander his reputation. This practice is known to be widely used against dissidents of the Soviet Union," - said Tanya Cooper, Human Rights Watch expert, reported by RFE/RL.
Despite his poor health, Kiev District Court of Simferopol, controlled by Russia, took a decision on inpatient forensic psychiatric assessment of Umerov.