Amnesty International Ukraine about Sentsov: Forced feeding is torture
Amnesty International's representative office in Ukraine declares the inadmissibility of forced feeding of illegally convicted Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who announced the end of hunger strike from October 6.
"We declare the inadmissibility of forced feeding, which is actually a form of torture, and demand that Oleh receive timely and effective medical care. We continue to demand his immediate release from prison!" the agency wrote on Facebook.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Sentsov on Friday announced the end of hunger strike from October 6 because of possible forced feeding.
"They plan to resort to forced feeding soon because of the critical state of my health, as well as the pathological changes in the inward parts of the body that have begun. But my opinion is not taken into account. Allegedly, I am no longer able to adequately assess the state of health and potential threats. Forced feeding will be part of resuscitation measures to save the patient's life. Under such conditions, I'll have to stop my hunger strike from tomorrow, October 6, 2018," Sentsov said in a statement he sent to his lawyer, Dmitriy Dinze.
Sentsov began his hunger strike on May 14, 2018, demanding that Russia free all Ukrainian political prisoners.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Sentsov was arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea in spring 2014 and in August 2015 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison following an unfair trial where he faced "terrorism" charges stemming from his opposition to Russia's occupation of Crimea.
He has been serving his term in a penal colony in the town of Labytnangi, Russia's Yamal.