A civic activist in Kazakhstan jailed for his involvement in land protests in 2016 is entering the third week of a hunger strike declared in protest at the authorities’ refusal to relocate him to a prison in his home region.
RFE/RL’s Kazakhstan service, Radio Azattyk, on June 22 cited Max Bokayev’s sister as saying that the Almaty district court in Astana rejected a formal application for the activist to be relocated from his current prison in the Northern Kazakhstan Region to Atyrau Region.
“They didn’t show us the documents that served as the basis for refusal to carry out the transfer, citing secrecy,” Zhanargul Bokayeva told Azattyk.
Prison authorities have not confirmed that Bokayev is on the hunger strike and have declined to comment on his state of health.
Bokayeva said her brother, who is 44 years old, stopped taking food on June 9 and is only drinking water, and that as a result he has shed nine kilograms.
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