BARLYK MENDYGAZIEV: PEACE ASSEMBLY IS PROHIBITED IN KAZAKHSTAN

My name is Barlyk Mendygaziev.
I am a human rights philanthropist and an opposition activist.
In my speech today, I would like to highlight violations of the Rights of Citizens of Kazakhstan to peaceful assembly and association, as well as the persecution of human rights defenders.

Mass peaceful protests in Kazakhstan in January 2022 were met by the authorities with shootings, beatings and torture of peaceful protesters. According to official information alone, more than 10 thousand people were detained, 238 people died as a result of executions, hundreds are considered missing. Mass tortures against peaceful protesters, including with the participation of the military from Russia and the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization), is not investigated at all.

Kazakhstan bans peaceful assemblies. This year alone, the authorities issued 107 unreasonable refusals to hold peaceful assemblies, thereby violating the rights of Citizens to peaceful assemblies. Under the conditions of Russia's war of occupation against the Ukraine, the authorities of Kazakhstan do not give permission to hold peaceful meetings in support of the Ukraine and, moreover, persecute them for it.

The authorities of Kazakhstan also politically reprised human rights activists, such as Raigul Sadyrbayeva, Aiya Sadvakasova, Bakhytzhan Toregozhina, Shalip Bekkulov and others, who collect information on executions (shootings), torture and persecution of peaceful demonstrators who participated in the January events of this year.

My brother Bekizhan Mendygaziev and my colleagues Baurzhan Dzhusupov, Natalya Dauletyarova are in prison as hostages in connection with my human rights and opposition activities.

Kazakhstan claims to be carrying out political reforms, including in the area of registration of political parties. However, the authorities do not register opposition parties, creating artificial obstacles and persecuting opposition politicians and activists. In particular, the authorities have already twice denied registration to the opposition “Alga Kazakhstan” party this year. Authorities continue to persecute supporters of the peaceful opposition movements “Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan” and “Party of the Streets”, which are banned in Kazakhstan as allegedly "extremist ".

The political reforms declared by the authorities of Kazakhstan are an attempt to deceive democratic countries in order to avoid personal responsibility.

Therefore, I call on the governments of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) countries to demand from the authorities of Kazakhstan to stop the repression of human rights defenders, peaceful protesters, and also to register all opposition parties in Kazakhstan.

Thanks.