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Monitoring of judicial processes against Kazakh media outlets

In the period from 22 November, 2012 to 28 December, 2012, members of the Observation Mission to Observe Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Republic of Kazakhstan visited Kazakhstan. The aim of the visit was monitoring and legal evaluation of judicial processes against a number of Kazakh media outlets (newspapers «Vzglyad» and «Respublika», the «stan.tv» Internet portal, the «K+» channel), as well as of the unregistered party «Alga!». The Mission was organised with the support of the Open Dialog Foundation (Lublin, Poland). The Mission included representatives of civil society from the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine: Olga Chernykh, Olesya Dubovik, Tatiana Ivanochko, Dmitry Belotserkovets, Oles Doniy, Anastasia Rozlutskaya, Nazariy Boyarskiy, Yuliya Khlaschenkova, Ilya Petrovec, Aleksandr Goyshik, Viktor Lutsenko, Konstantin Kozyrev. The members of the Mission visited the city of Almaty, where all the court trials were being conducted.

During the preparation of the report, the main source of information were direct observations of the members of the Mission during their participation in the court hearings and the monitoring of Kazakh mass media outlets. The Report on the outcome of the work of the Observation Mission to Observe Human Rights in the Republic of Kazakhstan has been produced as a result of processing the obtained information.