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Statement on the verdict against Kazakh human rights defender Kuramshin

13 December 2012

Human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin has been sentenced to 12 years in prison with confiscation of his property. He was found guilty of extortion. The circumstances of the case suggest that he is being punished for his efforts to attract attention to problems of torture and abuse of prisoners. The sentence comes at a time when a growing crackdown on free speech is being witnessed in Kazakhstan.

  • Read the full statement here.