WashingtonApril 26, 2010
Freedom House is dismayed with the Kazakhstani Supreme Court’s decision not to re-consider the case of prominent human rights activist Yevgeniy Zhovtis.
“Freedom House is deeply troubled by the decision of the court not to review Yevgeniy Zhovtis’s case,” said Jennifer Windsor, executive director at Freedom House. “The Kazakh government had the opportunity to demonstrate its respect and commitment to the standards set in the OSCE Copenhagen Declaration and ICCPR by providing due process for Zhovtis. Unfortunately, they failed to do so.”
In July, a car driven by Zhovtis struck and killed Kanat Moldabayev, who was walking down the middle of a dark highway at night. According to the investigation, Zhovtis was neither speeding nor intoxicated. On September 3, 2009, Zhovtis was sentenced to four years in prison. International observers at the trial noted numerous breaches of legal procedure, including the court’s issuing an 11-page judgment in fifteen minutes.
“A miscarriage of justice in this case is particularly troubling in view of