Target: Prosecutor General Daulbaev Ashat
Goal: To get proper medical care for a beaten paraplegic prisoner and his cousin.
A paraplegic prisoner in Kazakhstan has been kept in solitary confinement for more than 11 months. During this time, Zhasulan Suleimenov has been denied access to drinking water, basic hygiene, and the medical care that he requires. Access to clean drinking water is one of the basic rights granted to prisoners under international law. Humanitarian aid groups have reported that Mr. Suleimenov’s health is deteriorating and he needs to be transported to a hospital outside of the prison as soon as possible so that he may be examined and treated fairly.
Zhasulan Suleimenov was sentenced in 2009 to 8 years in prison on charges of terrorism. International observers have stated that the trial of Zhasulan Suleimenov and his 25-year-old cousin, Kuat Zhobolaev, was unfair. Both men testified during the trial that the National Security Service (NSS) had tortured them in order to gain a false confession. It is believed that since the sentencing, both men have faced considerable mistreatment in prison. Zhasulan Suleimenov’s legs have been beaten so badly that he was recently diagnosed by a prison doctor with osteomyelitis, an inflammation of the bone and bone marrow caused by infection. The infection resulted due of a lack of medical attention.
Human rights groups are also reporting that retaliatory attacks are being made against Kuat Zhobolaev whenever international concern is raised about his cousin, Zhasulan Suleimenov. Kuat Zhobolaev has also been denied basic medical care that he needs for myopia and neurological problems. Guards have allegedly burned medication intended for both men, further worsening their conditions and increasing the need for their immediate transport to an external hospital.
By keeping these men in such squalor, Kazakhstan is violating numerous international laws dedicated to protecting the rights of prisoners. If the reports coming from the victim’s families are true then the Kazakh government must investigate the mistreatment that is occurring within their prison system. Zhasulan Suleimenov and his cousin Kuat Zhobolaev may or may not deserve to be in prison, but they definitely do not deserve the treatment they are receiving in prison. Sign this petition to demand that the Kazakhstani government immediately release these men into the care of medical professionals so that their wounds may be healed and their lives saved.
Dear Prosecutor General Daulbaev Ashat,
The treatment of Zhasulan Suleimenov and Kuat Zhobolaev is a national disgrace for Kazakhstan. By allowing these men to be beaten and denied drinking water and access to medical care, your government is showing to the world how Kazakhstan treats its own citizens.
I urge you to provide Zhasulan Suleimenov and Kuat Zhobolaev the medical attention that they require and ask that they not be placed in solitary confinement in the future. I also ask that you protect these men from reprisals from prison guards based on international calls for their release. Kazakhstan must guarantee the basic human rights of its entire people regardless of their criminal record.
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