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Open Letter to Askhat Daulbaev, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on the cases of Alexander Albrandt and Vitaly Donets, who allege to have been abused by police in the village of Kushmurun in Kostanay region

This letter is submitted to you by a group of human rights organizations: the NGO coalitions against Torture in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland), International Partnership for Human Rights (Belgium), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and over a dozen member organizations of the Civic Solidarity Platform from countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova and Russia.

By way of this letter we would like to bring to your attention the cases of Alexander Albrandt and Vitaly Donets from the village of Kushmurun in the Auliekol district of Kostanay region who allege to have been subjected to torture or other forms of ill-treatment by the same officers of the Kushmurun branch of Auliekol district police station on 23 August 2014 and during the night of 29 June 2014, respectively. Although both men lodged complaints and criminal proceedings were instigated, the officers have not been suspended from their duties and continue to work at Kushmurun police station.

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