Organisations express concerns about Vadim Kuramshin’s life
In a letter to the President of Kazakhstan, Civil Rights Defenders and several other human rights organisations express serious concerns about Vadim Kuramshin’s life. Vadim Kuramshin is a prominent lawyer and human rights defender, sentenced to 12 years in prison, who is to be transferred to penal colony EC 164/4, a prison infamous for human rights violations.
The organisations are concerned that Vadim Kuramshin may become target of retaliation by detention facility administrators following his activity in denouncing human rights violations happening inside this prison.
Vadim Kuramshin was arrested right after coming back from an OSCE conference in Warsaw in September 2012, during which he presented a speech on human rights violations in Kazakh prisons. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison on December 7, 2012 on charges of blackmailing the assistant of the district attorney.The verdict was upheld by the Court of Taraz on the 14th February 2013.Statements.
Tags: Human Rights Defenders and Prisons.