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Parliamentary questions
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30 September 2014
Question for written answer E-007369-14
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Jan Olbrycht (PPE) , Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (PPE) , Jarosław Leszek Wałęsa (PPE) , Bogdan Brunon Wenta (PPE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — EEAS action regarding the case of Mr Vladimir Kozlov's detention
 Answer in writing 

Vladimir Kozlov, in detention near Almaty, is now reportedly being denied contact with his wife and runs the risk of being sent back to a penal colony in the Kazakh part of Siberia.

When in prison in the far east of the country, he suffered from unaddressed health issues, psychological pressure and was only allowed very limited contact with his family. The current lack of contact and any information from Kozlov is extremely worrying, as he has already faced provocations and his safety in detention has been put at risk.

It is important to remember that he was arrested only days after coming back from meetings in the EU, where he discussed the worsening situation of human rights and the return to the use of torture in Kazakhstan with MEPs and the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Such actions on the part of the Kazakh authorities go against Parliament’s recommendations for the negotiations of the enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement with Kazakhstan. His case seems to be being used to put additional pressure on members of the opposition living abroad, who are also subject to Kazakh persecution.

1. Are the Vice-President/High Representative and the EEAS aware of this new development, and are they discussing it with the Kazakh authorities?

2. What action is the EEAS taking to ensure that Mr Kozlov’s rights are not being further breached?

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