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MONITORING — 7 APRIL 2021

Monitoring of human rights violations for 7 April 2021:

✔ #Astana

⚡#ZHAKHIN Serik — On 25 March 2021 Investigator of the Investigative Division of the Astana City Police Department, Senior Lieutenant PRALIYEV A., drew up an indictment against Serik ZHAKHIN on politically motivated criminal charges under Article 405 Part 1 and 2 of the Criminal Code of the RK («organization and participation in the activities of an extremist organization»).

— On 2 April 2021, the indictment was signed by Deputy Prosecutor of Astana city — KILYMZHANOV E.T.

— It should be reminded that in October 2019, Serik ZHAKHIN was illegally sentenced on a politically motivated criminal case under Article 405 Part 2 to one year of restriction of liberty.

✔ #Kokshetau

⚡ #ZHANUZAKOV M.N. and

⚡ #NEGMETOV U.S. — On 5 April 2021 Akimat of Kokshetau city refused to hold a peaceful protest in response to a notice filed by civil activists.

— The reason for the refusal was «quarantine».

— Politically motivated refusal was signed by the Deputy Akim of Kokshetau on social issues — BEISEMBAYEV Uakyt Begaydarovich.

— This politically motivated refusal to conduct peaceful protests, marches and solitary pickets is the 67th refusal (in 20 cities and towns) recorded by the human rights monitoring group «ActivistsNotExtremists» in the period from 30 July 2020 till 5 April 2021. In total out of 67 refusals — 36 of them were issued in 2021.

✔ #Pavlodar

⚡#SEMENOVA Elena — On 8 April 2021 at 11:00 at Pavlodar municipal court a court hearing on a claim under Article 143 of the Civil Code of the RK «protection of honor and business reputation» against Elena Semenova, a human rights activist of the association «We Against Torture» will take place.

— So far, 16 suits have been filed against the female human rights activist (two institutions LA-155\12 and JD-158\1 filed suits three times each).

— It should be reminded that Elena SEMENOVA defends the rights of prisoners serving criminal sentences in penal colonies. In this connection, the authorities and management of the institutions regularly persecute Elena and file lawsuits against her human rights activities, dragging her into litigation, thereby distracting and harming her human rights activities, obliging her to give public denials of her publications in social networks and plunging her into numerous fines.

✔ #Almaty #Almaty region

⚡ #SABANSHIYEV Yerkyn — On 7 April 2021 an unlawful court verdict in a politically motivated criminal case under Article 405 Part 2 of the Criminal Code of the RK against a civil activist was passed.

— The court sentenced Yerkyn to 1 year of restriction of liberty, 100 hours of community service, payment of court fees in the amount of 840 and 50 tenge, payment in the amount of 27,780 tenge to the «Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund”.

⚡ #DZHAKUPOV Kanat — On 7 April 2021 a final trial on a politically motivated criminal case under Article 405 Part 2 of the Criminal Code was about to take place. For unknown reasons the trial was postponed, the date is unknown.

✔ #Shu #Zhambyl region

⚡ #BAKTYBAYEV Baghdat — On 7 April 2021 an appeal court on the politically motivated criminal case under  Article 405 Part 1 of the Criminal Code of the RK («organisation of activities of an extremist organisation»)  took place.

— The court reduced the sentence from two years to one year of restriction of liberty, and left the decision of the court of first instance unchanged.

— It should be reminded that on 4 February 2021, Baghdat BAKTYBAYEV was illegally sentenced to two years of restriction of liberty, five years ban to use social networks, 25736 tenge ($61) for forensic expertise and 55560 tenge ($132) as a mandatory payment to the «Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund”.