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TOKAYEV’S ‘NOTIFICATION’ PROTESTS

Almaty

Politically motivated refusals to hold peaceful protests.

On 23 April 2021, the Akimat (local executive body) of Almaty issues a refusal to hold a peaceful protest in response to two notifications submitted by civil activist Zhanna #YNTYMAKOVA and human rights activist of the “Article 14” movement Bibigul #IMANGALIYEVA.

Bibigul IMANGALIYEVA and Zhanna YNTYMAKOVA have submitted notifications asking for permission to hold peaceful protests on 1 May 2021 in Almaty, demanding the freedom for political prisoners and implementation of the European Parliament resolution on the human rights situation in Kazakhstan dated 11 February 2021.

Reasons for politically motivated refusal:

  • Quarantine.
  • «There is a threat to state security, breach of public order, health protection, violation of the rights and freedoms of others». (it is unclear which of these the akimat is referring to. Most likely all at once).

The politically motivated refusal was signed by the Deputy Head of the Public Development Department of Almaty Akimat #YESENBEKOV A.

In total, in the period from 30 July 2020 to 23 April 2021 human rights monitoring group «ActivistsNotExtremists» recorded 79 refusals to hold peaceful protests, marches and solitary pickets (in 22 cities and settlements) issued by the government. Out of 79 refusals — 48 refusals were issued in 2021.

As of 23 April 2021 the human rights activists of the monitoring group «ActivistsNotExtremists» have fixed 7 politically motivated refusals to hold peaceful assemblies on 1 May 2021 in five cities (Aktau — a refusal dated 21 April 2021, Shymkent — a refusal dated 15 April 2021, Petropavlovsk — refusals dated 21-21 April 2021, Stepnogorsk — a refusal dated 22 April, Almaty — two refusals dated 23 April). Such is the Tokayev’s «notification» law on peaceful assemblies.