Kazakhstan: Immediately release rights defender Raigul Sadyrbaeva and hold police accountable for her reported torture

Amnesty International is deeply concerned by the arbitrary arrest of human rights defender Raigul Sadyrbaeva in apparent retaliation for her peaceful monitoring of protests in Kazakhstan this past January. We call on judicial authorities to drop the unfounded criminal charges against Sadyrbaeva and immediately order her release. The Prosecutor General’s Office should ensure prompt and effective investigation of her allegations of torture, including being strangled, held at gunpoint, and threatened with rape by police; and those officers suspected of responsibility for her abuse should be held accountable in accordance with international human rights standards.

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