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Urgent Action: Prisoner at risk of losing eyesight in Kazakhstan

Muratbek Tungishbayev © Private photograph

Kazakhstani activist and blogger Muratbek Tungishbayev risks losing sight in his left eye due to the penitentiary authorities’ failure to provide him with necessary medical care following surgery he had on his eye. He remains held in pre-trial detention in Almaty, on politically-motivated charges and requires urgent surgery immediately in order to save his sight. Amnesty International considers Muratbek Tungishbayev to be a prisoner of conscience.

Take action

Write or email calling on authorities to: 

  • Immediately and unconditionally release Muratbek Tungishbayev, as he is a prisoner of conscience held solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association;
  • Pending his release, immediately provide adequate medical treatment to Muratbek Tungishbayev according to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules), Rule 27.

Contact these officials before 5 October:

Minister of Internal Affairs
Kalmukhanbet Kasymov– 010000    
Prospekt Teuelsizdik 1    
Republic of Kazakhstan    
Salutation: Dear Minister

General Prosecutor
Kairat Kozhamzharov    
010000, Astana, Prospekt
Mangilik El 14    
Republic of Kazakhstan    
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General

Director of the Penitentiary
Ruslan Dzhunusov
050045 Almaty
ul. Krasnogorskaya 73
Republic of Kazakhstan      
Salutation: Dear Director 

With copies to: His Excellency Mr Erlan Idrissov, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 125 Pall Mall SW1Y 5EA, 020 792 51757,


Download the full UA as a pdf here.
Download the full UA in word here.