Urgent Action: Human rights defender under house arrest

Human rights defender Serikzhan Bilash has been under house arrest since 10 March. He is the leader of the human rights organisation Atajurt, which exposes human rights violations against ethnic Kazakhs in China. Serikzhan Bilash is facing charges under Article 174 of the Criminal Code, in an apparent move by the authorities to intimidate and harass him simply for defending human rights. He risks a maximum prison sentence of seven years. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

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Prosecutor General
Nurdauletov Gizat Daurenbekovich 
Prospect Mengilik, 14
010000 Kazakhstan
Fax: +7 7172 506 402
Email: press@prokuror.kz 
Twitter: @GenProkRK
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General


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HIS EXCELLENCY MR ERLAN IDRISSOV, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 125 Pall Mall SW1Y 5EA, 020 792 51757, London@kazembassy.org.uk London@mfa.kz www.mfa.kz/london

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