Russia: Court urges jailed film director Oleg Sentsov to end hunger strike

Earlier today, the European Court of Human Rights decided on an interim measure in the case of imprisoned film director Oleg Gennadyevich Sentsov.

The court also urged Russia to provide Sentsov with appropriate treatment and called on the 42 year old director to end his hunger strike and to accept any life-saving treatment offered.

Under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court, the Court may indicate interim measures to any State Party to the European Convention on Human Rights. Interim measures are urgent measures which, according to the court’s well-established practice, apply only where there is an imminent risk of irreparable harm.

Sentsov was arrested by the Russian authorities in May 2014 in Simferopol, Crimea, and charged with terrorism offences.

He alleges that he was ill-treated by officers of the Russian Federal Security Service after his arrest.

Sentsov was subsequently transferred to Moscow. In August 2015 he was sentenced by the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don to 20 years in prison. He is currently being held in a penal colony in Labytnangi in the Yamalo-Nenets region (western Siberia).

By letter from his lawyer, Sentsov informed the European court in June this year that he had started a hunger strike on 14 May 2018, to demand the release of political prisoners being held in Crimea and Russia.

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