The United Nations Office for Human Rights has demanded an immediate and impartial investigation into the deaths of protesters during mass protests in Kazakhstan. Thus, the UN wants to determine how the use of harsh measures against the protests justified by the security forces as Euronews reported.
The UN representative Liz Throssell said that nearly 10,000 people in Kazakhstan were jailed for participating in the protests. The government of Kazakhstan has to investigate who among them took part in armed attacks, robberies and pogroms, and who came to a peaceful protest. The latter, in her opinion, Kazakhstani authorities are obliged to release them immediately.
"About 9,900 people are in custody as of January 11. This is certainly a huge figure. We would like to say that under international law, people have the right to peaceful protest and the right to express their opinion. And they shouldn't be detained just for expressing their opinions," Liz Throssell said.
In the beginning of 2022 protests erupted in Kazakhstan after the increase in the price of liquefied gas. Demonstrators announced an indefinite action. Demands to reduce the price of gas have grown into calls for the resignation of the president and government. The Internet has been shut down in the country, law enforcement agencies seized military equipment, make arrests. Kazakh TV channels suspended broadcasting.