9 April 2019, Index number: EUR 57/0186/2019
Human rights defender Serikzhan Bilash has been under house arrest since 10 March. He is the leader of the human rights organisation Atajurt, which exposes human rights violations against ethnic Kazakhs in China. Serikzhan Bilash is facing charges under Article 174 of the Criminal Code in an apparent move by the authorities to intimidate and harass him simply for defending human rights. He risks a maximum prison sentence of seven years. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.