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Press announcement

On Friday, the 31st of August, at 11.30, a press conference will be held in the press centre of the UNIAN information agency (Khreschatyk Str, 4). The conference is entitled: ‘The trial of opposition leader in Kazakhstan, Vladimir Kozlov, in the eyes of Ukrainian observers’ and it will gather the representatives of the observation mission to observe human rights in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

During the press conference, the participants will share their observations on the judicial process against Vladimir Kozlov, Serik Sapargali and Akzhanat Aminov. Also, current trends that threaten the basic rights and freedoms in Ukraine will be discussed. In view of the imprisonment of the ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the ongoing trial of the Kazakh oppositionist Kozlov, parallels will be drawn between methods of persecuting political opponents in both the Ukrainian and Kazakhstani regimes. Also, an overview of the work performed by the Observation Mission over the last six months will be presented.

The press conference will be attended by: leader of the Observation Mission to observe human rights in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nazariy Boyarskiy, Honorary President of the International Youth Human Rights Movement Andrei Yurov, Chairman of the Centre for Civil Liberties Aleksandr Matviychuk, and a Journalist of the Human Rights Center, Iryna Vyrtosu.

Organisers of the conference are: the ‘Centre for Civil Liberties’ NGO with the support of the Open Dialog Foundation (Lublin, Poland).

For more information please call: +38- (097) -9258881 (Nazariy Boyarskiy), email:  [email protected]

Accreditation will be carried out on the premises subject to presentation of journalist ID.

Background information:

On the 16th of August, 2012, leader of the ‘Alga’ opposition party Vladimir Kozlov, an opposition politician Serik Sapargali and a civil activist, and former oilman Akzhanat Aminov went on trial. They are all accused of inciting social and national hatred, calling for the overthrow of the constitutional order and creating an organised criminal group.