On 3 June 2021, a court trial in the politically motivated criminal case under Article 405 Part 1 and 2 ("organisation and participation in the activities of an extremist organisation") against civil activist Aidar Syzdykov took place.
Judge Nazgul Bapakova illegally sentenced Aidar Syzdykov to 3 years of restriction of liberty, a 5-year ban on social and political activities (including publications on social networks), and imposed 100 hours of community works and a forced payment of $65.
Prosecutor: Igenov Madiyar.
Aidar Syzdykov is being prosecuted for:
- calls for participation and participation in peaceful protests, subbotages (evening marchse);
- calls to unite and create cells (groups of like-minded persons) of the opposition movement "DCK";
- publication on Facebook: "A package of demands of the DCK in support of the population and businesses";
- A repost of a publication by opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov calling for participation in a peaceful, authorised protest in Almaty on 31 October 2020.
In its resolution
of 11 February 2021, the European Parliament has condemned the abuse of anti-extremism legislation by the Kazakhstani authorities to persecute supporters of the peaceful opposition movements “DCK” and “Koshe Partiyasy” and called on the Kazakhstani authorities "to drop politically motivated charges and end all forms of arbitrary detention, reprisals and harassment against human rights activists, religious organisations, civil society organisations, trade unions, journalists and political opposition movements".
We call on the US, the EU, the UK and Canada to impose personal sanctions on: the head of the National Security Committee, Karim Massimov; the General Prosecutor, Gizat Nurdauletov; and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Yerlan Turgumbayev.
DCK (Democratic Choice of Kazakhtstan opposition movement)*
Koshe Partiyasy opposition movement**