ARTICLE 19 welcomes yesterdays’ court decision to sentence four men to lengthy prison sentences for attacking Kazakh journalist Lukpan Akhmediyarov with a knife and shotgun in April 2012.
As internet use is expanding, the authorities appear to have become increasingly fearful of the potential of the internet as a platform for open debate, scrutiny of those in power and mobilization of protests.
Trial of the oil industry workers from Kazakhstani city of Zhanaozen failed to comply with fair trail standards. This is the main conclusion made by the International Monitoring Mission that included international and Kazakhstani experts, who represented the Civic Solidarity Platform.
International and Kazakhstani experts representing the NGO coalition Civic Solidarity monitored the trial of oil works from Zhanaozen who were accused of organizing and participating in mass riots on December 16, 2011.