On October 25, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called on the Government of Kazakhstan to:

  1. Immediately and imminently release Karim Massimov from detention;
  2. Afford Massimov an enforceable right to compensation and other reparations; and
  3. Ensure a full and independent investigation of the circumstances surrounding the arbitrary deprivation of liberty of Mr. Massimov and to take appropriate measures against those responsible for the violation of his rights.

In November 2022, in response to the decision of the Working Group, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan noted that “An important point is the openness of our side to the discussion of the issues raised without excessive politicization and with concrete facts.”

Dr. Massimov remains in solitary confinement and the “top secret” trial against him is ongoing.  The Government of Kazakhstan has thus far failed to implement the decision of the Working Group and release Massimov.

They must present a response to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention within 21 days by April 25, 2023.