|Serikzhan Bilash, human rights advocate
(Photo: Radio Free Europe Russia)
(ChinaAid, Midland, TX— December 8, 2021) According to ChinaAid sources, prominent human rights activist Serikzhan Bilash may be put on Kazakhstan’s most wanted list. The following is a translated article from the Russian publication of Radio Free Europe:
A court in Kazakhstan may put Serikzhan Bilash on the most wanted list. Serikzhan is known for protecting the rights of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. The probation service appealed to the court with a submission, where it is asking to declare the activist wanted and to choose a measure of restraint.
The submission was only recently, and the court has yet to make a decision. So far, a decision has been made to appoint a lawyer. “The issue of a search will be considered on December 14,” Zukhra Akramova, a representative of the Alatau District Court of Almaty, said on December 8.
Serikzhan Bilash’s lawyer Shynkuat Baizhanov said he would be able to comment on the case after reviewing the materials.
“Personally, I believe that the authorities are once again trying to intimidate people. They can strip me of my citizenship. In addition, I believe that by probably terminating the second case (under the article ‘Arbitrariness’) , they apparently seek to demonstrate to the West a false image that Serikzhan was not persecuted in Kazakhstan. On January 21, the day after my arrival in the United States, they dropped the criminal case under Article 174, which was initiated in 2020,” he said.
For several years, China has been accused of carrying out repression against the indigenous ethnic groups (ChinaAid note: Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkic Muslims) of Xinjiang, mainly professing Islam. In 2018, the UN reported that at least a million Muslims in the region had been forcibly placed in “political re-education camps.” In Western countries, at the state level, what is happening is increasingly equated with cultural and demographic “genocide”. Despite numerous eyewitness accounts and documentary evidence, China rejects these accusations, calling the policy in Xinjiang measures to combat terrorism and extremism.
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