Kazakhstan: A dark day for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly

In clear violation of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, police rounded up scores of would-be protestors – as well as journalists covering the events – attempting to take part in peaceful demonstrations planned across Kazakhstan on Saturday 21 May. While most of those detained at police stations were eventually released without charge, a small number received fines or a period of administrative detention under Article 488 of the Administrative Offences Code, for “violation of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on organizing and holding peaceful assemblies”.

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