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Archive for August 9th, 2011

Kazakhstan: Criminal Trial of Labor Lawyer

Posted by Info on 09/08/2011

The prosecution of a labor union lawyer Natalia Sokolova on criminal charges of “inciting social discord” is incompatible with international human rights law.

The indictment accuses Sokolova of aiming to “social discord” by speaking before the collective [of workers] about the disproportionality in wages… [and by]calling on workers to stage unsanctioned protests, carrying out these activities publicly and using the media.” She was also charged with organizing illegal gatherings under article 334-2 of Kazakhstan’s criminal code.

The prosecutor asked the court to sentence Sokolova to seven years in prison and to forbid her from practicing law for three years. Sokolova has denied all criminal charges.

Kazakhstan is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly, including trade union membership and activities. It is also a member of the International Labor Organization, whose fundamental principles, including the right to organize, are binding on all members.

Under the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, the Kazakh government has a duty to ensure that lawyers can carry out their work without intimidation, hindrance, or harassment and is required to ensure that they are not subject to prosecution or administrative, economic, or other sanctions for any action taken in accordance with recognized professional duties, standards, and ethics.

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Northern Caucasus: 656 Victims For Period January to June, 2011

Posted by Info on 09/08/2011

During the first six months of 2011 at least 656 persons became victims of armed confrontation going on in Northern Caucasus. Among them there are 396 killed and 260 wounded. These are the totals of calculation based on public sources.

During this period 93 explosions and acts of terror took place in which 43 persons all in all, including four members of power ministries, 12 participants of armed underground and 27 peaceful residents were killed. 93 people were wounded, among them 36 members of power ministries, one supposed participant of armed underground and 56 peaceful residents.

Among the explosions there were seven cases of self-blasting as a result of which 14 people perished: one member of power ministries, 10 gunmen and three civilians. 29 persons got wounded, including one member of power ministries and 28 peaceful residents. Four of the seven cases of self-blasting took place during attempts of detention.

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