On June 25, Yesergepov announced his decision to go on hunger strike starting July 6 to protest his unlawful imprisonment as well as what he sees as the failure of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to pay attention to the rights violations committed by the organization’s current chair, Kazakhstan.
Despite the fact that Yesergepov
had informed the administration of Taraz Prison Colony No. 158/2 of his
intentions, prison officials have refused to acknowledge the strike, the Kazakh
service of the
“We are very concerned about the
well-being of Ramazan Yesergepov, and we call on the prison to ensure that he
is placed under adequate medical attention,” CPJ Europe and Central Asia
Yesergepov has been in prison since January 2009, when agents with the Kazakh security service (KNB) seized him from his bed in an Almaty hospital, where he was being treated for hypertension. In November 2008, Yesergepov published two internal KNB memos in Alma-Ata Info, which attested to the KNB’s attempts to influence a prosecutor and a judge in a criminal tax evasion case.
In early June, as part of a
fact-finding mission in
In a June 25 letter from prison, which
he addressed to the heads of the 55
July 6 marks the completion of one-half of the editor’s three-year jail term. According to Kazakh law, Yesergepov now has the right to apply for early release.