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The Globe & Mail: “Russia circumventing Canadian sanctions to buy mine detonators: report”

12 January 2024

In an article entitled “Russia circumventing Canadian sanctions to buy mine detonators: report” for The Globe & Mail, Steven Chase wrote about Russia evading sanctions imposed by Canada for its invasion of Ukraine through Central Asia. According to the World Liberty Congress, an alliance of pro-democracy activists from authoritarian countries co-founded in 2022 by the […]

Russia circumventing Canadian sanctions to buy mine detonators: report

14 November 2023

Read the full article on: theglobeandmail.com See our report: Russia’s Accomplices in the War Against Ukraine: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Army’s Reliable Rear (May 9, 2023) and also: Jan Rymszewicz: The Globe & Mail: “Russia circumventing Canadian sanctions to buy mine detonators: report” (January 12, 2024)

Submission to the European Parliament and European Commission on the issue of sanctions circumvention

3 July 2023

The Open Dialogue Foundation would like to thank the experts in the preparation of the submission. The Foundation would also like to express its gratitude to Mukhtar Ablyazov, an opposition politician and former Minister of Energy, Industry and Trade of Kazakhstan, for his advice. This submission contains the following information: Overview of Russia’s economic ability […]

Kremlin’s Secret Ally. How Tokayev is Helping Putin Circumvent Sanctions

22 December 2022

1. Introduction After Russia launched a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the Kazakhstani authorities stated that Kazakhstan “respects the territorial integrity of Ukraine” and “has not and will not recognise both the situation with Crimea and the situation with Donbass” [1], [2]. In June 2022, President Tokayev declared non-recognition of the so-called “LPR” […]

Canadian MP urges targeted sanctions on Kazakhstani prison official

2 December 2021

Canadian MP and freedom fighter Tom Kmiec has appealed for intervention to the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Chong, drawing his attention to gross human rights violations during the detention of the political prisoner Iskander Yerimbetov. Based on the passage of Canada’s Magnitsky legislation, the Canadian MP has urged the Minister to impose targeted sanctions on Azamat Iztleuov, a prison official responsible for continued abuse of human rights in Kazakhstan. Iztleuov has participated in designating certain prisoners for abuse and torture including Yerimbetov. He has also removed the video surveillance equipment from the cell in which Yerimbetov was tortured, and has further denied him the right to counsel and medical treatment.

Online event: “Targeted Sanctions as a Tool to Safeguard Human Rights. The EU Legal Framework and National Initiatives”

20 July 2021

On 15 April 2021, ODF co-hosted an online conference on the new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime and the effectiveness of personal (targeted) sanctions in safeguarding human rights. The event was co-organised in partnership with the Italian Federation for Human Rights, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Freedom Kazakhstan Foundation and the Global Committee for […]

“Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions” – an online discussion with HRDs & MEPs

12 July 2021

On 21 June 2021 the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), together with the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU), organized the online panel “Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions: China’s and other autocratic responses”. Hosted by ODF President Lyudmyla Kozlovska, the event gathered human rights defenders and an MEP affected by China’s countermeasures to discuss the reactions […]

The Open Dialogue Foundation welcomes the adoption of a European Parliament resolution on strengthening the EU sanctions regime

12 July 2021

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) and the Global Committee for the Rule of Law (GCRL) welcome the adoption in the European Parliament of a resolution on strengthening the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime (GHRSR), following a debate during the plenary session of 6 July 2021. The resolution, […]

The Open Dialogue Foundation supports the strengthening of the European Union’s sanctions regime

6 July 2021

The Open Dialogue Foundation, together with the Italian Federation for Human Rights and the Global Committee for the Rule of Law, has signed a letter addressed to Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in support of strengthening the European Union’s sanctions regime with more Magnitsky-style tools. The signatories have long made […]

Invitation to an online event — Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions: China’s and other autocratic responses

18 June 2021

The Open Dialogue Foundation, the Italian Federation for Human Rights and Freedom Kazakhstan Foundation invite you to attend the online event “Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions: China’s and other autocratic responses”. On Monday, 21 June 2021, our distinguished guests will gather to discuss Russia’s and China’s countermeasures in response to the EU’s first designations under the new EU Global […]

Invitation to an online event: “Targeted sanctions: a tool to safeguard human rights”

8 April 2021

The Open Dialogue Foundation, the Italian Federation for Human Rights,  the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Freedom Kazakhstan Foundation & the Global Committee for the Rule of Law invite you to attend the online event “TARGETED SANCTIONS: A TOOL TO SAFEGUARD HUMAN RIGHTS. THE EU FRAMEWORK AND NATIONAL INITIATIVES IN EUROPE AND OVERSEAS” Thursday, 15 April 2021, 14:00 […]

Kazakhstan: the EP’s new resolution urges for sanctions against human rights violators

5 March 2021

A debate during the European Parliament’s plenary session on February 11, 2021, led to the adoption of an urgent resolution concerning the human rights situation in Kazakhstan. The MEPs voted in favour of one of the strongest appeals ever issued by the EP, firmly condemning the current situation in the country. The resolution is a […]

Political killings in Kazakhstan and the need to impose personal sanctions. Our intervention at the OSCE meeting

13 November 2020

On 10 November 2020, our advocacy officer Maksym Sytnikov brought attention to the murder of human rights activist and blogger Dulat Agadil in February 2020 during an OSCE meeting. The session was held on the topic: the role of society in advancing the right to freedom of religion or belief for all. In this context, the prosecution of a minimum of 183 people for taking part in the memorial ceremonies in honour of Dulat demonstrates the worsening human rights situation in Kazakhstan.

Political Killing in Kazakhstan. List of persons to be subjected to sanctions regarding the case of Dulat Agadil

1 October 2020

1. Introduction Dulat Agadil is a well-known human rights activist and blogger who lived in the village of Talapker near Nur-Sultan (Astana). Dulat Agadil was one of the most famous leaders of the protest movement in Kazakhstan (especially in the Kazakh-speaking environment). He took part in rallies and protest of the opposition movements ‘Democratic Choice […]

Magnitsky sanctions against officials misappropriating COVID-19 funds. Appeal to the U.S. government

9 July 2020

ODF joined the appeal of other 23 leading international NGOs to U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, and Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Terner Mnuchin, addressing human rights and corruption concerns in times of COVID-19 in authoritarian governments.

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