European Court of Human Rights: Court calls on Russia to provide medical care for Oleh Senzow

The Ukrainian filmmaker, who is imprisoned in a Russian prison camp, has been on hunger strike for two months. Strasbourg judges call on Russia to help.

European Court of Human Rights: Court calls on Russia to provide medical care for Oleh Senzow

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has called on Russian government to provide medical care to imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Senzow. Senzow has been in Russian detention since 2015 and is located in a penal colony in Siberia. More than two months ago he went on a hunger strike in protest at his detention and arrest of or Ukrainians.

Senzow had to be taken immediately to a hospital and cared for, Strasbourg court demanded. The court also urged Senzow to end his hunger strike and to adopt a life-saving medical treatment. The state of Director is critical to circumstances.

The Court of Justice imposed a so-called interim measure. This is only possible in exceptional cases if complainants are threatened with irreversible damage. Senzows lawyer, Pavel Tschikow, contacted European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday to obtain medical care for his mandates and to apply for such a measure. Since Russia is a member State of Council of Europe, Russian Government is obliged to implement measure.

The filmmaker Oleh Senzow, who came from Crimean peninsula, had been arrested re 2014. Because of accusations of "forming a terrorist group" and smuggling of weapons, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Amnesty International had criticized process as "Stalinist". The Council of Europe and G7 had already called for Senzows to be released – so far without success.

Russia has annexed Crimea 2014. There has been war in eastern Ukraine since n.

Updated Date: 26 July 2018, 12:02

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