Do Not Deny Prisoner Necessary Medical Treatment

jacob windham

Target: Gennady A. Kornienko

Goal: Provide immediate medical care to a prisoner whose kidneys are failing.

A man is being denied treatment for his increasingly dire medical condition while in the process of appealing a 20-year prison sentence. Amur Abubovich Khakulov’s life is at risk and he needs immediate help. Sign the petition and demand that he be granted access to appropriate medical care.

Khakulov was sentenced to prison time in connection with a 2005 armed attack on Nalchik. He and 56 men were declared guilty following a trial plagued by a number of fair trial violations. Many of the defendants made allegations of torture, which authorities continue to ignore.

Khakulov’s kidneys are failing. Medical staff at the prison where he is being held have twice recommended his immediate removal to an alternate facility where he can receive appropriate treatment, but the application has been denied both times. Authorities have stated that Khakulov will not be allowed to receive dialysis until one of his kidneys actually fails, a stance that puts him at risk of death or a coma. He also suffers from high blood pressure and swollen feet. His family has stated that all his medical conditions are products of his detention.

International human rights standards guarantee prisoners access to adequate medical care, no matter what they are accused of or what their sentence is. Amur Khakulov must be granted the medical treatment he so desperately needs, even if it means transferring him to a non-detention facility. Sign the petition and demand justice for Amur Khakulov.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Kornienko,

I am writing to demand immediate medical attention for Amur Abubovich Khakulov, who is being held in the SIZO-1 detention center. His kidneys are failing and he needs medication, dialysis, and treatment that is not available at his current facility. I urge you to immediately ensure that he is given the medical care he so desperately needs.

Medical staff at the detention center have twice applied for a measure that would grant Khakulov “a restraining measure different from detention that would allow access to appropriate medical treatment,” Amnesty International reports. Both applications have been denied, as has the staff’s request that Khakulov be put on dialysis. A request for free medication was approved by the senior regional health board but will not go into effect until January 2016, which may well be too late given Khakulov’s precarious health.

International human rights standards grant all prisoners the right to adequate health care. Denying medical treatment to Amur Khakulov is both morally wrong and legally prohibited, and I demand that the situation be immediately amended to the satisfaction of Khakulov and his family, and that the treatment of all prisoners in Russia be brought into line with international standards.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jacob Windham

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