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Kazakh Rights Activist Sent To Remote Labor Camp

Kazakh rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis in court

Kazakh rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis in court

Leading Kazakh human rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis has been transferred from Almaty to a labor camp in northeastern Kazakhstan, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Zhovtis, director of the nongovermental organization Bureau of Human Rights, was sentenced to four years in prison last month for accidentally striking and killing a man with his car.

On October 19, an Almaty Oblast appeals court in the city of Taldy-Qorghan upheld his conviction and sentence, which has been condemned by international human rights groups as too long for his alleged crime.

The labor camp OV-156/13, where Zhovtis was transferred, is located about 1,000 miles from his native Almaty.

His supporters say the fact that Zhovtis was transferred so far away from his family and colleagues to serve his term confirms their belief that the case against him is politically motivated.