Month: January 2016

Kazakhstan Jails Two Activists Over Criticising Government on Facebook

Kazakhstan sentenced Serikzhan Mambetalin and Ermek Narymbaev to 2 and 3 years in prison respectively, over criticizing the government on Facebook posts. The activists were convicted by the Almalinskii District Court in Almaty on January 22, 2016, under charges of “circulating information in social media that contains elements of inciting social discord” according to Article 174 of the Kazakh Criminal Code . The activists…

China Jails Xinjiang Blogger for 19 Years Over Criticising Government Online

Zhang Haitao (张海涛), a 44 year-old rights activist, was sentenced to 19 years in prison over writing critical posts online about government policy in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang. Zhang was convicted of “incitement to subvert state power” and “providing intelligence overseas”. On top of his prison sentence, Zhang was ordered the confiscation of his personal assets of 120,000 yuan ($18,000). Zhang was handed down his sentence…