++ Stop Press ++: Kazakhstan

This morning, Wednesday 5 May, the court in Almaty sentenced Esen Ukteshbaev to five days imprisonment simply for being at a peaceful May Day demonstration last week-end. URGENT ACTION NEEDED.

The Nazarbayev regime is trying to prevent revolt by clamping down on the movement of workers and ordinary citizens in his country.

Kazakhstan and its president, Nazarbayev, this year are heading the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). This organisation’s website says it, “Aims to ensure full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; to abide by the rule of law; to promote the principles of democracy by building, strengthening and protecting democratic institutions; and to promote tolerance throughout the OSCE region.” The actions of the Nazarbayev regime show it is trampling on these basic human and democratic rights.

Express your outrage in a flood of new protests via the following e-mail addresses and web-sites:

OSCE Secretariat, Wallnerstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria, Tel: +43 1 514 36 6000, Fax: +43 1 514 36 6996 Send e-mail via their web-site.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, via your local embassy or www.akorda.kz.

Almaty Prosecutor: www.prokuroralm.kz

Government (Akimat) of Almaty city: +7 (727) 271 65 79 press_center@a-a.kz

Kairat Mami, General Prosecutor of the Republic of Kazakhstan: akparat@prokuror.kz Fax: +7 717250-25-34

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May 2010