2015: Kazakhstan: Vladimir Kozlov

To
President of Kazakhstan
Nursultan Nazarbayev
President’s Office,
010000 Astana
Kazakhstan                                                                        Oslo, September 2Oth.

Your Excellency President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev,

 

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is deeply concerned that Vladimir Kozlov, Kazakhstan, journalist and human rights defender is serving a lengthy prison sentence for his peaceful international advocacy on behalf of the striking oil workers in the city of Zhanaozen.

We will ask you to release Kozlov immediately and unconditionally, or at least to release him on parole once he has served half of his prison sentence, in accordance with the law in Kazakhstan. We
will also ask you to end all unlawful and unwarranted punitive measures against Vladimir Kozlov in detention and grant him access to adequate medical care and ensure that his conditions of detention meet international standards.

It is imperative for us that he is granted access to representatives of international human rights mechanisms, diplomatic missions and to human rights NGOs in his current place of detention.

The committee ask you to immediately reverse the decision to transfer Kozlov to harsher conditions of detention for one year and return him to a detention facility with less stringent conditions of
detention.

Yours sincerely,

COPY: Embassy of Kasakhstan in Norway and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Writers in Prison Com mittee Norwegian PEN, Wergelandsvelen 29, N-.0167 0510 Norway * TIf: +47 22607450 * E-post: en@s no * www.norskpen.no