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Why the government alone won’t solve our problems

Why the government alone won’t solve our problems

In times of crisis, people often understandably turn to governments for help. And yet while there is an important and crucial role for governments to play during a pandemic, we shouldn’t forget the vital part played by the free market. If both the government and the market are allowed to perform the right functions, together they can help get us out of this extraordinary time.

Poland’s PiS prepares ‘failsafe’​ for October election

Poland’s PiS prepares ‘failsafe’​ for October election

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party doesn’t shy away from the authoritarian playbook to secure their power. While the battle with the European Commission over the rule of law rages on, PiS is discreetly trying to tweak electoral law in their favour.

DGP: Has there been power abuse against Kozlovska?

DGP: Has there been power abuse against Kozlovska?

The audit of the books of account at the Open Dialogue Foundation, requested by Minister Mariusz Kamiński, lasted for over a year. Currently, the case is being looked into by the prosecutor’s office.

DGP part 1: Kozlovska’s case. State trash lab [DGP investigations]

DGP part 1: Kozlovska’s case. State trash lab [DGP investigations]

DGP has a full report from the Moldovan Investigation Committee on the Open Dialogue Foundation. The document indicates that Poland might have cooperated on the ODF case with the special services in that country controlled by the oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc.

Bartosz Kramek for Gazeta Wyborcza: PiS, Moldova – a common issue

Bartosz Kramek for Gazeta Wyborcza: PiS, Moldova – a common issue

The Open Dialogue Foundation won the trial with the “Gazeta Polska” magazine, so now editor Tomasz Sakiewicz threatens the judge. And the PiS propaganda attacks the Foundation using a grotesque report of the oligarchic and corrupt parliament of Moldova.

Forbes: The Magnitsky Law Is Taking Over The European Union

Forbes: The Magnitsky Law Is Taking Over The European Union

As a long-standing promoter and advocate of the Global Magnitsky Act, ODF warmly welcomes the news that, on December 10, 2018 the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs voted unanimously in favour of an EU-wide sanctions regime, based on a proposal submitted by the Dutch government.

Freedom Square: The case of Lyudmyla Kozlovska is a test of our solidarity

Freedom Square: The case of Lyudmyla Kozlovska is a test of our solidarity

“Many people and organisations from the ‘pro-democratic side of the barricade’ have had dilemmas, or have openly opposed Lyudmyla’s support (…). But it is these very ‘controversies’ around Lyudmyla Kozlovska herself and the ODF that give us a better chance for our test. The solidarity test”.

Ombudsman intervenes on the issue of expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Ombudsman intervenes on the issue of expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska

The Ombudsman Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich raised the matter of President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, whose name has been put in the Schengen Information System by Plish authorities, resulting in a ban on entry on the territory of the European Union.

Ukrainian NGOs call for support for Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Ukrainian NGOs call for support for Lyudmyla Kozlovska

“In our opinion, entering Lyudmyla Kozlovska into the Schengen Information System (SIS) and depriving her of the right to stay within the Schengen area is a dangerous precedent initiating a new way of persecution of civil activists in the EU Member States” – claims a group of Ukrainian NGOs.

Save Oleg Sentsov: time is ticking

Save Oleg Sentsov: time is ticking

I am writing this to ring the alarm about Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner who is now in deadly danger in a Russian prison, on a hunger strike. If no urgent measures are taken, he will die in his attempt to liberate his fellows in misery – other Ukrainian political prisoners.

Petra De Sutter: The situation in Poland is unacceptable

Petra De Sutter: The situation in Poland is unacceptable

In the Council of Europe headquarters, the Open Dialog Foundation organized a debate devoted to the situation of the rule of law and civil society in Poland. The event was attended by Belgian parliamentarian Petra De Sutter who, after the debate, shared her thoughts and reflections on her website.

Wielowieyski for Gazeta Wyborcza: Open Dialog at a crossroads

Wielowieyski for Gazeta Wyborcza: Open Dialog at a crossroads

I first came across the Open Dialog Foundation in 2011 during OSCE Summit in Warsaw, when, together with MPs of Civic Platform and Law and Justice, the ODF stood up in defence of persecuted pro-democracy activists and miners of Zhanaozen (i.e. crude oil region in Kazakhstan)

Putin’s Dirty Game in the U.S. Congress

Putin’s Dirty Game in the U.S. Congress

The Kremlin wants to get rid of the Magnitsky Act, which fingers some of its state-approved gangsters, and it’s using desperately needy children as pawns.

Sentenced to Death

Sentenced to Death

He had been waiting for an official decision concerning his refugee status for a year. A few days ago he discovered that he could not rely on the Polish authorities for help.

HRW: President Hollande’s Upcoming Visit to Kazakhstan

HRW: President Hollande’s Upcoming Visit to Kazakhstan

Human Rights Watch: Dear President Hollande, We understand that you will be visiting Kazakhstan on December 5 and 6 to conclude the “Year of Kazakhstan in France” and that during your trip you will meet with President Nursultan Nazarbaev and other senior government officials.

EUobserver – Kasparov: Stop Putin now or pay the price later

EUobserver – Kasparov: Stop Putin now or pay the price later

Chess legend Garry Kasparov was once the pride of the Soviet Union.

But 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall he lives in exile, accusing Russian leader Vladimir Putin of “strategic failure” and the EU establishment of “ignorance” in its dealings with Moscow.

Liberation: Putin’s Justice in a French Court

Liberation: Putin’s Justice in a French Court

The former chess champion and Russian political opposition figure Gary Kasparov having come provide his support to the wife and the daughter of the Kazakh Mukhtar Ablyazov at the Lyon tribunal on October 17, 2014.

How to use international lustration experience in Ukraine

How to use international lustration experience in Ukraine

Today, all Ukrainian society is waiting for the adoption of the lustration bill, however many parliamentarians do everything to prevent it. One of the ideas proposed by the deputy of the Party of Regions faction, Anna Herman, is to talk about lustration through recourse to international bodies.

The Kuramshin case discredits the EurAsEC

The Kuramshin case discredits the EurAsEC

Russian human rights advocates, including such prominent names as Sergey Kovalev, Lev Ponomarev, Lyudmila Alekseeva, Svetlana Gannushkina, Valeriy Borshchov among others, addressed the EurAsEC leaders demanding attention for the political prisoner Vadim Kuramshin.

Isabel Santos meets imprisoned opposition leader

Isabel Santos meets imprisoned opposition leader

Isabel Santos, the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, met today with jailed Kazakhstani opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov at a penal colony outside Almaty.

The territory of volition

The territory of volition

For a long time I could not understand what associations I had with the Maidan. This is not a revolution, not unrest, and – for sure – not Bolotnaya. Not ‘occupation’. This is not a war. And this is not a protest as such, in its pure form.

How Europe helps the ‘hunters’ of Ablyazov

How Europe helps the ‘hunters’ of Ablyazov

Last Thursday, the Spanish Audiencia Nacional сourt decided to hand over Aleksandr Pavlov, a former bodyguard of Mukhtar Ablyazov, to Kazakh authorities. He was charged with conspiracy to carry out a terrorist attack.

Supreme Bar Council’s Mission to Kazakhstan comes to an end

Supreme Bar Council’s Mission to Kazakhstan comes to an end

On 30 April, 2013, an eight-day mission of the Supreme Bar Council to Kazakhstan came to an end. The Open Dialog Foundation was the initiator of the enterprise, as it had addressed the Commission and External Image of Pro Bono Activities with the SBC with a request to organise the mission

Mr. President, remember about human rights!

Mr. President, remember about human rights!

While the President of Finland was holding a meeting with Kazakh President in Astana, in Helsinki, journalists were making efforts to influence their leader. ‘Niinistö, do not forget about human rights’ – was the title of an article written by Kukka Ranta, who managed to visit Zhanaozen

Why the Kazakhs ‘deserved’ Nazarbayev

Why the Kazakhs ‘deserved’ Nazarbayev

My previous article was devoted to the self-proclaimed ‘Leader of the Nation’, who, in my opinion, is a major factor, which is encouraging advocates of democracy and nationalists to unite. Today, I turn to the subject which is very painful for the nationalists

Hot September 2012: How it was

Hot September 2012: How it was

The details of the investigation into the suicide bombing in a private house at Moldagulova street, special operations in Kulsary, the attack on officers of the Department of Internal Affairs in Atyrau and special operations in the Koktem

European Parliament resolution on Kazakhstan

European Parliament resolution on Kazakhstan

European Parliament resolution of 22 November 2012 containing the European Parliament’s recommendations to the Council, the Commission and the European External Action Service on the negotiations for an EU-Kazakhstan enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement

Askar Moldashev has been arrested

Askar Moldashev has been arrested

We have just acquired information that Askar, the older brother of Daniyar Moldhashev, the President of the LLP and publisher of the ‘Golos Respubliki’ newspaper, has been arrested by officers of the National Security Committee. He has been arrested ostensibly for drug possession.

First Monitoring Report Documents Violations in Kozlov Trial

First Monitoring Report Documents Violations in Kozlov Trial

Freedom House is monitoring the trial of Kazakhstani opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov, who is being tried alongside activists Serik Sapargali and Akzhanat Aminov on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of Kazakhstan

U.S. urges fairness as Kazakhstan opposition leader trial opens

U.S. urges fairness as Kazakhstan opposition leader trial opens

(Reuters) – An outspoken critic of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev went on trial on Thursday charged with attempting to overthrow the government, in a case the United States says will test the oil-producing former Soviet state’s democratic progress

Kazakhstan: Ensure Fair Trial for Opposition Activists, Oil Worker

Kazakhstan: Ensure Fair Trial for Opposition Activists, Oil Worker

(Moscow) –­ Kazakhstan authorities have an obligation to ensure that the trial of two political opposition activists and an oil worker, starting on August 16, 2012, is fair and public and that the defendants’ due process rights are fully respected, Human Rights Watch said today.

The statement of the Open Dialog Foundation

The statement of the Open Dialog Foundation

Irina Mednikova, the editor of the “Voice of the Republic” newspaper, and the head of the Publications Dissemination Department, Yulia Kozlova, were detained by officers of the Department of the National Security Committee.

World day against cyber-censorship. Kazakhstan

World day against cyber-censorship. Kazakhstan

In 2011, a unprecedented social protest movement prolonged by a violent uprising, a wave of odd attacks and the Head of State’s health problems made the authorities even more nervous, causing them to tighten their control over information, especially online.

Newspaper editor Igor Vinyavsky still in prison

Newspaper editor Igor Vinyavsky still in prison

In a show of support for Igor Vinyavsky, the editor of the Kazakh independent daily Vzglyad, who has been held for more than a month, Reporters Without Borders is publishing an interview he gave on 1 July 2011 .

Resolution of Investigation Department of the Committee for National Security

Resolution of Investigation Department of the Committee for National Security

Order on Opening a Criminal Case №  and accepting it for proceedings Almaty, January 23, 2012 The senior investigator from the Investigation Department of the Committee for National Security in ​​Almaty, Captain Kobenbaev S, after examining the material registered in the Log of the Registration of Statements and Information relating to crimes under № 159 […]

Zhanaozen

Zhanaozen

Special correspondent of ‘Novaya gazeta’ Elena Kostyuchenko is reporting about the situation in Zhanaozen

Zhanaozen

Zhanaozen

Special correspondent of ‘Novaya gazeta’ Elena Kostyuchenko is reporting about the situation in Zhanaozen.

Mangistau urgently needs humanitarian aid!

Mangistau urgently needs humanitarian aid!

Appeal to the representatives of the European society to provide humanitarian assistance to the Mangistau Province inhabitants who suffered as a result of disorder.

Communiqué concerning the case of V.Kozlov

Communiqué concerning the case of V.Kozlov

On April 1 of the current year, at 10.00 am, a trial will be held at the Almaty City Court, concerning the so-called “tax case” of Vladimir Kozlov, leader of the opposition People’s Party “Alga!”, in the state registration process.

Police is the tool of struggle against heterodoxy

Police is the tool of struggle against heterodoxy

On the morning of 3/22/2011 at railway stations of cities of Kokshetau, Kyzylorda, and Astana police officers have withdrawn posters and stickers calling citizens of Kazakhstan to boycott preterm presidential election coming on April 3rd.

Attacks on the Press 2010: Kazakhstan

Attacks on the Press 2010: Kazakhstan

New laws restrict online news media, shield government officials from scrutiny. OSCE chairman Kazakhstan undermines organization with repression at home.