05/09/2018

Urgent Action Update: Civil Activist Released from Psychiatric Facility (Kazakhstan: UA 82.18)


Ardak Ashym, a 52-year-old blogger and civil activist from Shymkent, south Kazakhstan, has been released from the psychiatric facility where she had been detained since 31 March. The criminal investigation against her for comments on social media is still ongoing.

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Ardak Ashym, a 52-year-old blogger and civil activist from Shymkent, south Kazakhstan, has been released from the psychiatric facility where she had been detained since 31 March. The criminal investigation against her for comments on social media is still ongoing.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the authorities to terminate the criminal proceedings against Ardak Ashym and any others who have been accused under anti-extremism legislation solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights;
  • Urging them to initiate changes to the overly-broad provisions in anti-extremism legislation to ensure it cannot be misused to target political opponents and stifle dissent, and reminding them that they have an obligation to respect and protect the right to freedom of expression.

Contact these two officials by 7 June, 2018:

Prosecutor General
Kairat Kozhamzharov
14 Orynbor Street
Astana, 010000
Republic of Kazakhstan
Fax: +7 7172 506 402
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General

Ambassador Erzhan Kazykhanov,
Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
1401 16th St NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 1 202 232 5488
Email: [email protected] -OR- [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 82.18
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