A civil activist from Aktobe, Asylkhan Zhaubatyrov, was illegally sentenced to 1 year of restricted freedom.
On 10 September 2021, a court verdict was pronounced in the politically motivated case under Article 405 Part 2 (“participation in an extremist organization”) against a political prisoner and civil activist from Aktobe, Asylkhan ZHAUBATYROV. Judge Alima ADILOVA unlawfully imposed a 1-year restriction of liberty, a 1-year ban on social and political activities and the use of social media as well as an obligatory payment of 27780 tenge ($65) to the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund. ⠀ Prosecutor: ABDENOVA Saule. ⠀ Asylkhan ZHAUBATYROV is prosecuted on political grounds for: ⠀
participation in a peaceful protest on 1 May 2019; ⠀
photo with a blank sheet of paper. Together with other activists, he participated in a challenge where they took photos with a blank sheet of paper (the letters were later added using a photo editor) to raise the issue of political killings and human rights violations in Kazakhstan. ⠀
video message to the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, to raise the issue of human rights violations in Kazakhstan during the 18th EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council meeting. ⠀ On 5 August, Judge ADILOVA Alima Salimgireyevna accepted the case into proceedings without at least the necessary forensic photo-expertise as formal evidence, writing that there were no violations. ⠀ The photo forensic expertise is necessary to prove that it is Asylkhan ZHAUBATYROV with a blank sheet of paper in the photo, and the letters were added later in the photomontage. ⠀ In its resolution on the human rights situation in Kazakhstan dated 11 February 2021, the European Parliament condemned the abuse of anti-extremist legislation by the Kazakhstani authorities to persecute supporters of the peaceful opposition movements DCK and “Koshe Partiyasy”. ⠀ We call on the US, the EU, the UK and Canada to impose personal sanctions on: the head of the NSC, Karim MASSIMOV; the General Prosecutor, Gizat NURDAULETOV; and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Yerlan TURGUMBAYEV.