Kazakhstan: land rights activist to face movement limitation once freed from jailEvent
- Initial Date
- Jan 29, 2021
- Event Description
A court in Kazakhstan has upheld a three-year parole restriction on Kazakh activist Maks Boqaev upon his expected release from prison on February 4.
The Atyrau City Court in the country's west on January 29 rejected Boqaev's appeal, saying "the hearing did not find grounds to consider that Maks Boqaev's rights and interests had been violated by the lower court's decision."
Boqaev disputed the lower court's January 22 decision to impose restrictions on him after his release next week, calling the move politically motivated.
The 48-year-old activist was arrested and sentenced to five years on extremism charges in 2016 after he organized unsanctioned protests against land reform in Atyrau.
The United States, European Union, and the United Nations have urged Kazakh authorities to release Boqaev.
Human rights organizations in Kazakhstan have recognized Boqaev as a political prisoner. Kazakhstan's government has insisted that there are no political prisoners in the country.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Denial Fair Trial
- Judicial Harassment
- Restrictions on Movement
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of movement
- Right to fair trial
- Land rights defender
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 29 January 2021, Maks Boqaev, imprisoned land rights activist, was sentenced to 3-year restriction on movements, after he will get out of prison on February 2021, by a court in Atyrau City, Kazakhstan.