Adil Soz about verdict to journalist: Authorities keep on listening but imprisoning
Astana. September 27. KazTAG - Kazakhstan has again ignored the UN recommendations on decriminalization of slander, said Adil Soz, international fund for freedom of speech commenting on the guilty verdict in respect of Amangeldy Batyrbekov, civil activist, editor of Saryagash Info newspaper in the Turkestan region.
"The UN council and committee for human rights once again recommended Kazakhstan to decriminalize slender and insult. The remark N34 of the UN human rights committee reads: "The state members should consider exclusion of slender from the list of crimes, but at any case criminal legislation must be applied only in connection with the most serious cases, while imprisonment cannot be considered as an adequate measure of punishment. But our Kazakhstani officials keep on listening, but imprisoning. In fact, in the near future the Government will make a new report for the UN council for human rights about performance of human rights and compliance with recommendations of the international organization it has a membership in," said Adil Soz.
Saryagash district court sentenced Batyrbekov 2 years and 10 months imprisonment on September 23 and adjudged him guilty of slender and insult.
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