Kazakhstan: pro-democracy defender triedEvent
- Initial Date
- Feb 23, 2021
- Event Description
Kazakh activist Qanat Zhaqypov has gone on trial in the Almaty region for having links with the banned unregistered opposition Koshe (Street) party.
Zhaqypov told the court after the trial began on February 23 that he was one of the organizers of the Koshe party and actively participated in its activities until it was officially banned in May 2020.
"After the ban, I stopped any connection with the party and continued to propagate democratic values by other means not linked to the party," Zhaqypov said.
Journalists were not allowed in the courtroom due to coronavirus restrictions, and were provided with an opportunity to follow the trial online.
Zhaqypov's supporters, who also were not allowed to attend the trial, protested inside the court's hall, but left the site after officials promised them that they would be able to follow the trial online when its resumes on March 3.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Judicial Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of association
- Pro-democracy activist
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 23 February 2021, Qanat Zhaqypov, pro-democracy defender, was tried for his role in promoting democratic values by a court in Almaty, Kazakhstan.