Human Rights Watch has urged Kazakhstan to launch a new investigation into the case of a jailed activist, saying the Central Asian state was losing credibility as the future chair of a European human rights body.
A Kazakh court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a human rights activist who was jailed last month over a road accident in a trial criticised by rights campaigners as politically motivated.
Domestic critics of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s administration in Kazakhstan are rising again. The opposition’s revival may create an internal challenge for Nazarbayev and increase international attention on Kazakhstan’s democratization process, as Astana prepares to lead the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2010.
The main intrigue surrounding the summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Chisinau last week was whether Russian President Dmitry Medvedev would attend.
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"It's a challenge. I mentioned it this morning in my opening statement. Other speakers alluded to it without actually mentioning it by name. There was a silent protest when the representative of Kazakhstan gave her opening speech. This was because of the imprisonment of Yevgeny Zhovtis, who's a human rights worker. It's a criminal case having to do with a fatal car accident [and] there is concern about his treatment. So, people understand that this is a real challenge for them and we hope that Kazakhstan can rise to the occasion."
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Center in Kazakhstan has declined to comment on a legislative movement afoot to make Nursultan Nazarbaev the country's president-for-life, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has urged Kazakhstan to ensure a fair appeal trial for a human rights activist jailed in a case he has called politically motivated.
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