2018 Kazakhstan: Aron Atabek

WORLD POETRY DAY 2018: Aron Atabek is a prominent Kazakh poet, journalist and dissident. He has been in prison for over 10 years, including frequent periods in punitive confinement in extremely harsh conditions. Norwegian PEN Writers In Prison Committee calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Aron Atabek and, in the meantime, for him to be moved to a prison within visiting distance of his family and to be allowed regular visits, telephone calls, correspondence, and access to writing materials.

President of Kazakhstan
President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Government House
Mangilik Yel st. 6
010000 Astana City
Kazakhstan
Oslo 21st of March 2018

Your Excellency,

Norwegian PEN is urgently concerned about the welfare of poet, journalist and dissident Aron Atabek, who has been imprisoned since 2007. Atabek was charged with organisation of mass disorder in 2007, but maintains his innocence.

Whilst in prison Atabek has suffered several periods of solitary confinement, denial of access to natural light and writing materials. Severe restrictions have also been placed on his contact with his family and on any communication with the outside world. Since 2013 Atabek has been kept in a prison located over 1000 km away from his family.

Prolonged bouts of solitary confinement are prohibited under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, by which Kazakhstan is bound. In denying Atabek visits from his family and regular correspondence with them, Kazakhstan is also violating the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Mandela Rules).

Norwegian PEN calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Aron Atabek. In the unwanted case of any delays to his release, we call for his transferal to a prison within visiting distance of his family, and for him to be given access to regular visits, telephone calls, correspondence and necessary writing materials.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Johanne Fronth-Nygren
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

COPY:
Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Kazakstan in Norway
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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

 

2015: Kazakhstan: Vladimir Kozlov

To
Minister of Internal Affairs
Kalmukhanbet Kassymov
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Tauelsizdik Avenue, 1
010000 Astana                                                                               Oslo, September 2Oth.

Republik of Kazakhstan

Your Excellency Kalmukhanbet Kassymov,

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is deeply concerned that Vladimir Kozlov, Kazakh
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 wilt 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 hopes you will 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

2015: Kazakhstan: Vladimir Kozlov

To
Chairperson of the Criminal-Executive System
Bayurzhan Maratovich Berdalin
Mailin street 2, Astarte city B, 010000,
Kazakhstan                                                                           Oslo, September 2Oth

 

Your Excellency Bayurzhan Maratovich Berdalin,

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is deeply concerned that Vladimir Kozlov, Kazakh 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 hopes that there will be an 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.

 

 

kaza

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