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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Nariman Celal

Detained Since: September 5, 2021.

Charges: Allegedly sabotaging the use of a gas pipeline in the village of Perevalne, Crimea in August 2021.

Sentence: None

Biography: Nariman Celal (also spelled Dzhelal) is the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the highest governing body. He is also a former TV newscaster and a correspondent of the Avdet newspaper; he has worked as a professor of history and law. Celal has served as the de facto president of the Mejlis since the official one was banned from entering his homeland. Celal was abducted during a raid in September 2021 and later tortured in an attempt to get him to confess to sabotaging a pipeline. He was also forced to undergo a brutal psychiatric evaluation. The extent of the torture undergone in prison is unknown, but may have been severe. His case has not yet gone to trial.

Advocacy Partner: PEN America