On 4 May 2021, Nurbol ONERKHAN, a civil activist from Birlik village (North Kazakhstan region), had his restriction of liberty illegally replaced with imprisonment (for 6 months and 2 days) for allegedly violating probation conditions — for being involved in human rights advocacy and raising legal awareness among citizens. ⠀ On 2 November 2020, in Petropavlovsk, a court verdict under Article 405 part 2 of the Criminal Code («participation» in the DCK) was announced. The court issued a politically motivated verdict in the form of 1 year of imprisonment, with placement on probation, a ban on social and political activities, a ban on the use of social networks for 2 years and 100 hours of community service, as well as forced payment to the “Crime Victim Compensation Fund” in the amount of 27,780 tg (~$65) and 840.50 tenge as court fees. ⠀ Nurbol ONERKHAN is a participant of peaceful pickets, challenges and video actions.
Nurbol ONERKHAN has a heart condition and his health and life are in danger. ⠀ We call for the immediate release of Nurbol ONERKHAN.
We call on the US, the EU, the UK and Canada to impose personal sanctions on: Karim MASSIMOV, head of the NSC; Gizat NURDAULETOV, General Prosecutor; and Yerlan TURGUMBAYEV, Minister of Internal Affairs.