As reported earlier, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention sent a request regarding the arbitrary detention of Karim Massimov to the Government of the Republic Kazakhstan via diplomatic channels. No later than June 6, 2022, the UN should receive an official and exhaustive response from the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, an international group of lawyers addressed the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nilz Melzer, on the “arbitrary detention of Karim Massimov and thousands of other citizens who have been subjected to systematic violations of human rights in Kazakhstan”. In particular, the appeal calls on the Special Rapporteur to visit Kazakhstan and conduct an independent investigation into mass human rights violations committed during the January protests, including “arbitrary detentions, torture and inhumane treatment”.

They further called for the UN Special Report into these abuses to include findings from ongoing independent investigations and to be prepared with the participation of public activists, experts and relatives of the victims.