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Freedom- Oleg Sentsov

PRESS NOTE

FREEDOM
The
International Human Rights Commission joins the appeal of the Chairman of the European Council Donald Tusk, to support the appeal of the European Film Academy to take steps to release the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov in Russia, who was detained in Crimea in May 2014, and also called on the European Union and G7 to join him.
Recall that on August 25, 2015, the North Caucasian District Military Court sentenced Sentsov to 20 years imprisonment in a high-security prison on suspicion of terrorism. In October 2017, he was transferred to penal colony No. 8 "Polar Bear" in the city of Labytnangi (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District). On May 14, 2018, while in the Polar Bear colony, Oleg Sentsov, despite the threat of irreversible harm to his own health and life, declared an indefinite hunger strike, demanding the release of 64 Ukrainian political prisoners in prison in Russia. Most of all, he is amazed by the crimes he is charged with, because this is absolutely not a military man, a civilian. A loving husband, the father of two children (one of whom is ill with autism). Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian director, scriptwriter and writer ("Fisherman's Fish-Banana", 2008, "Bull's Horn" 2009, "Gamer" 2011, "Rhino", 2013). He is a laureate of the National Prize of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko in 2016 for the feature films "Hamer" and "Rhinoceros".
Was awarded:
- The Order "For Courage" of the I degree (Ukraine, September 24, 2015).
- The Order "For Courage" of the third degree (Ukraine, August 23, 2014).
- Special Jury Prize of the Czech Film and Television Union FITNESS (Czech Republic, January 17, 2016).
- Prize of the American PEN-Club named after Barbara Goldsmith "Freedom to write" (USA, April 26, 2017).
The
International Human Rights Commission calls for the release of a Ukrainian citizen who was illegally arrested on the territory of the annexed Crimea and sentenced by the Russian authorities.
And also, we ask the public more specifically to unite on the issue of all convicted polit. prisoners (military, journalists, ordinary people of different nationalities) who want to live in a free country on the principles of freedom of speech, for which they are arrested and judged unlawfully.
Issued:
Secretary General IHRC
Sir Rafal M. Wasik
First Deputy
Ambassador H.E. Iurii Kiperman


** The photograph comes from the website: https://deadline.com/2018/06/oleg-sentsov
author (REX/Shutterstock)


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