Kazakhstan: Court upholds psychiatric confinement of human rights lawyer Zinaida Mukhortova

October 1, 2013

On 27 September 2013, Karaganda’s regional court of Karaganda confirmed the decision of the Balkhash Court to approve the forced psychiatric confinement of human rights defender and lawyer Zinaida Mukhortova on which this blog reported earlier. 

Zinaida Mukhortova is a lawyer in Kazakhstan who has practised for ten years. She has regularly provided the local population with free legal consultations and has publicly denounced cases of corruption and interference of political interests in the judiciary. Legal proceedings against Zinaida Mukhortova on the basis of alleged mental health problems began in 2011 after she lodged complaints of government interference into judicial proceedings. Since then, there have been repeated attempts of forced psychiatric confinement and her licence to practise law was revoked. Front Line Defenders believes that the forced psychiatric treatment of Zinaida Mukhortova is a measure of retaliation for her human rights activism, and fears for her physical and psychological integrity. Frontline NEWlogo-2 full version - cropped

For more information : https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/23594

One Response to “Kazakhstan: Court upholds psychiatric confinement of human rights lawyer Zinaida Mukhortova”


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