Kazakhstan: Further information: Prisoners of conscience’s conviction upheld: Maks Bokaev and Talgat Ayan

On 20 January, the Atyrau Regional Court in western Kazakhstan upheld the decision to sentence human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience Maks Bokaev and Talgat Ayan to five years in prison for their involvement in the organization of peaceful demonstrations and their posts on social media. On 3 February they will be transferred to a penal colony 1500 km from their home city where they will serve their sentence.

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