January 21, 2015

Russian Federation – Tatar Activist Charged for ‘Instigating Hatred’ (UA 12/15)

Tatar activist and prisoner of conscience Rafis Kashapov is currently serving a three-year 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. 
1) Please write immediately in Russian or your own language:
  • 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.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 12/15” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.