Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kazakhstan: Court Should Resist Political Pressure

Posted by Info on 31/08/2009

Ferghana: A trial of a prominent human rights defender Evgeny Zhovtis started on August 27, 2009. Evgeny had been charged with criminal responsibility for a car traffic accident.

Biased character of the investigation and disappointing start of the trial testify not only about a disregard to the law but most likely also about a political order from above. Apparently, some influential forces strive, at any price, including juggling with the facts and open violations of the law, to secure conviction of Evgeny Zhovtis, discredit and silence a well known lawyer and human rights defender who has been for many years successfully protecting public interests and openly speaking up about serious human rights violations in Kazakhstan.

The nest session of the court is scheduled for September 2, 2009.

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