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Kazakhstani human rights activist Alnur Ilyashev has been arrested for his publications on social media. His posts criticized the ruling Nur Otan party and its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is being prosecuted for “spreading false information” that harms “interests” during the state of emergency, a crime which carries up to seven years in prison. Alnur Ilyashev is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Alnur Ilyashev was arrested on 17 April 2020, and is being charged with spreading “false information” that “threatens public order” and causes “substantive harm” to “protected interests of society” during the state of emergency in connection with his critical posts on social media about the ruling Nur Otan party. The police investigator claimed that Alnur Ilyashev’s posts sought to influence public opinion about the “incompetence of the activities of the Nur Otan party” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and thereby “may lead to negative consequences”.