Kazakhstan Torture Allegations – ‘They Hit Me, Sticked and Beat Me’ – Politics Abroad

These are horrible stories of a country where the security forces now allow themselves everything!

The Kazakh government says the unrest was controlled solely by “Islamists” and “bandits”, hence the death toll and numerous arrests.

BILD journalists have now been able to speak to several opposition activists and politicians in Almaty – they paint a completely different picture.

Asset Abishev (32) was among the peaceful protesters, belonging to the opposition movement in Kazakhstan. He says: “I was arrested by the police for no reason. They took me to the police station and detained me there for four days. They beat me, with sticks and beat me. It was like torture.



Asset Abishev (32) was among the peaceful protesters, belonging to the opposition movement in Kazakhstan. He says: “They beat me and with sticks and beat me”Photo: Yevgeny Maloletka


Asset Abishev was severely mistreated by the police

Asset Abishev was severely mistreated by the policePhoto: Yevgeny Maloletka

Abishev saw how the police and security forces treated other detainees even more cruelly: “They put plastic bags over people’s heads until they couldn’t breathe. They trampled on others, jumped on them to get confessions. It was cruel.”

Abishev says that, contrary to what the government describes, there was also police violence against peaceful protesters in the square. “They just fired!”

Asya Tulesova was also in prison as an activist, even before the current protests: “The government is doing everything to stop the protests. We take to the streets for our rights and we get arrested!

The situation in Almaty is still completely unclear – many people are still searching for their relatives, sometimes not knowing if they were arrested or died in the unrest in Kazakhstan.

More than 10,000 people are said to have disappeared in a few days, including 1,700 in Almaty alone. They were looters and other criminals, Kazakh media said on Wednesday, citing the administration of the city of the metropolis.

Human rights lawyer Yevgeniy Zhovtis (63) worries about people arrested by security forces.

Zhovtis criticizes the fact that no one is allowed to visit those arrested: “There are several allegations of torture against the security forces. People were reportedly beaten and forced to confess. We demand to finally have access.


BILD Vice Paul Ronzheimer in conversation with human rights lawyer Yevgeniy Zhovtis (63)

BILD Vice Paul Ronzheimer in conversation with human rights lawyer Yevgeniy Zhovtis (63)Photo: Yevgeny Maloletka

The activist is worried about the future of Kazakhstan and freedom in the country. “Young people in particular took to the streets against the conditions in the country, they had nothing to do with the violent protests. The fact that activists and journalists have also been arrested makes us very concerned that it is also about intimidating government critics.

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