Amnesty International: "Rafis Kashapov has been discriminated against and harassed by being singled out for punishment in a corrective prison colony"

posted 26 Apr 2016, 12:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Apr 2016, 12:22 ]
"Tatar activist and prisoner of conscience Rafis Kashapov is currently serving a threeyear sentence for criticizing the Russian government. He has been discriminated against and harassed by being singled out for punishment in a corrective prison colony in the Komi Republic, in northern Russia."

- Amnesty International


In an 'Urgent Action' Amnesty International has urged members of the public to write immediately in Russian or their own language to the relevant Russian authorities: 
 Reiterating calls for Rafis Kashapov’s immediate and unconditional release, as he is a prisoner of conscience jailed solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression, and in the meantime; 
 Urging the prison authorities to ensure that Rafis Kashapov is not discriminated against or exposed to harassment, reminding them that the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners state that there should be no discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion; 
 Calling on the prison authorities to move Rafis Kashapov to a prison colony closer to his home in Naberezhnye Chelny and pointing out that the UN Standard Minimum Rules also require prisoners to be allotted to prisons as close to their home and place of rehabilitation as possible.

Source:
'RUSSIAN FEDERATION: FURTHER INFORMATION: PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE TARGETED AND HARASSED: RAFIS KASHAPOV,' Amnesty International, 22 April 2016
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