Kazakhstan invites the UN to investigate the disturbances in Zhanaozen
The Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan Askhat Daulbaev invited the UN experts to participate in the process of investigating the riots in Zhanaozen, the press service of the Prosecutor General reported.
"Daulbaev emphasized openness and transparency of the prosecution and invited experts from the UN to participate in the investigation of the incident (in Zhanaozen)", stated in the report of the supervisory authority, released on Thursday after a meeting with the regional representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Central Asia Armen Harutyunyan.
According to a press release, Daulbaev briefed his interlocutor on the current situation in Zhanaozen, as well as the measures taken to stabilize situation and restore the city.
"Harutyunyan expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and noted the importance of measures to restore the city and ensuring the rule of law", said in a statement.
The sides also discussed issues of bilateral judicial cooperation. Particular attention was paid to human rights, Interfax reported.
December 16 In Zhanaozen, the riots occurred during which 15 people were killed, dozens were injured. In the town dozens of buildings were burned down. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev December 17 introduced the state of emergency. Until January 5 in Zhanaozen the curfew was introduced, the movement is restricted, the rallies are banned, photo and video shooting is limited and the use of copiers. The riots were preceded by many months of strike of employees of oil companies who were dissatisfied with salary. The court found the strike illegal, its participants were fired. From 100 to 400 people, among whom were laid-off workers, stood in front of the regional akimat in Aktau (the administrative center of Mangistau region) during few days.
Law enforcement agencies of Zhanaozen detained 19 people for calling for sabotage and actions of disobedience.