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Bakhyt Tumenova
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A court in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, has suspended another newspaper.

The president of the Aman Saulyq (Good Health) nongovernmental organization, Bakhyt Tumenova, said she had received a court order suspending operations of her "Republic's News-Business Review" weekly.

The document received by Tumenova on November 29 says a trial will decide if her newspaper will be banned.

The trial date has not been announced.

Last week, the Almaty prosecutor's office asked a court to designate the opposition Algha (Forward) party, the People's Front movement, and several opposition media outlets as extremist.

Algha's activities and the operations of two opposition newspapers have been suspended since then.

Tumenova's weekly focuses mainly on the issues related to rights in the health-care sector.

With reporting by Amasaulyk.kz
Stavros Lambrinidis (file photo)
BRUSSELS -- The new EU special representative for human rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, has vowed to raise rights issues in his meetings with Russia and Kazakhstan.

Lambrinidis told members of the European Parliament that in the three months since he took over he has already been in touch with counterparts in both Moscow and Astana and promised to continue to engage in dialogue.

He noted that the EU had voiced concerns recently over new Russian treason legislation and measures aimed at making life harder for nongovernmental organizations.

Lambrinidis added that he would also bring up the case of Kazakh opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov.

Kozlov was recently sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison on charges of calling for the overthrow of the government during the Kazakh oil workers' protests in December 2011.

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