The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention “called on the Government of Kazakhstan to take urgent action to ensure the immediate unconditional release of Mr. Karim Massimov.

The deprivation of liberty of Mr. Karim Massimov, being in contravention of articles 3, 9, 10 and 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and articles 9 and 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, is arbitrary and falls within categories I and III.

The Working Group considers that, taking into account all the circumstances of the case, the appropriate remedy would be to release Mr. Massimov immediately and accord him an enforceable right to compensation and other reparations, in accordance with international law.

The Working Group urges the Government to 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.”

President Tokayev worked in Geneva for the United Nations and in his speech at the 77th UN General Asssembly last month, stated that “Kazakhstan is ready to cooperate with all relevant actors (in the UN) in a spirit of inclusiveness, multilateralism and goodwill.”