UE: Kazakhstan - The Case of Zinaida Mukhortova © mukhtarablyazov.org
In Kazakhstan in September 2009, lawyer Zinaida Mukhortova sent a letter to the President of Kazakhstan complaining about interference by a Member of the Kazakh Parliament in a case in which she was involved. She was then detained by the authorities and placed in a psychiatric hospital on the grounds that she was suffering from a ‘chronic delusional disorder’. Since being admitted, she has been subjected to inhumane treatment and has been denied legal counsel. Given that the government is using her diagnosis and forced treatment as a form of retaliation, Kazakhstan is violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).