Free Model Ismailov!

During the last seven years the workers of Kazakhstan are being deprived of their most fundamental rights. Thousands of plants, factories and state-owned enterprises are being closed. The unemployment has reached unprecedented rates. But those who are lucky enough to get a job face another problem - not being paid. One has to wait up to a year to get one's miserable salary. The vast majority of the Kazakh population lives below the poverty line. This has became the main reason for various protests recently staged all over the Republic. There has been unrest in the mining regions of Karaganda, Kentau, Dzhambul, in the capital - the city of Alma-Ata as well as in many other regions of Kazakhstan. Almost all of them have been organized by the workers' movement of Kazakhstan. Its well-known leader a construction worker Model Ismailov is among the first political victims of the Nazarbayev regime. Last year Ismailov was detained under the false pretext of illegal organization of a rally of protest against the announced rise of prices for housing, gas, electricity, water. He was sentenced then to one year of imprisonment, but lately set free as a result of the international solidarity campaign. This year he has been arrested once again, this time being charged with insulting the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Last year in his public speech Ismailov qualified the political regime in his country as inhuman and undemocratic. The political trial was held behind closed doors. Not a single journalist was let in. The workers' leader was sentenced to a year in prison. He is on hunger strike since last month and faces serious health problems.

We, members of democratic organisations and individuals of India, strongly protest against the attacks of the Kazakhstan government on the democratic rights of the working class and the victimisation of the workers' leader Model Ismailov. We call upon the Kazakhstan government to release him immediately.

K.G. Kannabiran President, People's Union for Civil Liberties, India.
M.T. Khan President, Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee.
Sehjo Singh People's Union for Civil Liberties.
Anoop Saraya People's Union for Civil Liberties.
A. Anantha Reddy President, All India Lawyers Union, Andhra Pradesh State Committee, Hyderabad.
P.K. Shahi All India Federation of Trade Unions.
Vikas Bajpai Indian Federation of Trade Unions.
A.M. Daur Hindustan Mazdur Sabha.
Ashim Roy Hind Mazdur Kisan Panchayat.
Manohar Sodhi Convenor, Deprived People's Front.
Amar Singh Amar Sangam Development Centre.
R.L. Kain Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Vichar Manch.
Ranjana Padhi Saheli
Shamsul Islam Nishant Natya Manch.
Sumanta Banerjee Journalist.
Praful Bidwai Journalist.
Achin Vanaik Journalist.
Sudipto Sen Filmmaker
Piyush Kanti Mukherjee Artist
Milind Bharadwaj Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.
Savyasachi Jamia Millia Islamia.
Neeladri Bhattacharya Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Kamal M. Chenoy Jawaharlal Nehru University.
A.M. Chenoy Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Dalip Swamy University of Delhi.
Sumit Sarkar University of Delhi.
Shaswati Mazumdar University of Delhi.
H.B. Mehndiratta Samajwadi Shikshak Manch, Delhi University.
V.K. Khurana Left and Democratic Teachers' Front.
Tripta Wahi Forum for Democratic Struggle.
G.B. Upreti Nav Janwadi Shikshak Manch.
Ranjana Saxena ÁShikshak Adhikar Manch.
Sadashiv Dyal Singh College.
Nandita Narain St. Stephen's College.
Badri Raina Kirori Mal College.
Tanika Sarkar St. Stephen's College.
Sunil Kumar Democratic Students' Union.
Kamlesh Kumar Progressive Students' Union.
Dileep Kumar All India Students' Association.
Mrigank Progressive Democratic Students' Union.
Dhwajendra Dhawal Naujawan Bharat Sabha.
Hemant Singh Naujawan Sabha, Delhi.
I. Mallikarjuna Sharma Convener, Marxist Study Forum, Hyderabad.
Amrish Delhi Medicos and Scientists Front.
Subhash Gatade Editor, Lok Dasta.
C.N. Subramaniam Editor, Revolutionary Democracy.
Tarkeshwar Ojha Patna.
Rajesh Tyagi Janpaksh
Narendra CPI (ML) Jan Pratirodh, Bihar
Shakti Sarvahara Chetna Kendra
Sunil Sen Centre for Marxism-Leninism

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