ALMATY: Kazakh safety forces cracking down on unrest final month have arbitrarily arrested peaceable protesters, ill-treated and tortured detainees, and interfered with detainees’ entry to legal professionals, Human Rights Watch says.
The authorities say not less than 227 folks had been killed within the worst bout of political violence within the Central Asian in its post-Soviet historical past, which noticed former president Nursultan Nazarbayev and his kinfolk ousted from all positions of energy.
About 10,000 folks had been detained after the unrest, the authorities mentioned. Most had been launched inside days however some have complained on social and native media beatings and torture by the hands of police.
HRW mentioned in a press release on Tuesday (Feb 1) it had obtained credible stories of dozens of circumstances by which police arbitrarily detained peaceable protesters and different folks, and subjected some detainees to ill-treatment and torture, together with with electrical shocks and beatings.
Kazakhstan’s inside and overseas ministries haven’t replied to a request for touch upon the HRW report.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev mentioned final week that human rights officers had been trying into complaints from detainees.
Kazakhstan has blamed the violence on “bandits” assisted by Islamist militants a few of whom officers mentioned had arrived from different Central Asian nations and had been skilled overseas.