On 12 November 2020, the FightBack legal self-help chat-bot was presented in Kyiv, which was designed to provide free assistance to victims of law enforcement agencies’ inaction and to collect information about the cases of inaction. The chat-bot was created as a result of a series of interviews with activists who were victims of violent attacks in different regions of Ukraine after 2014.
- Reforms in Ukraine
- Persecution of lawyers
- "Meal For a Doctor" campaign
- Vlad Plahotniuc
- Freedom of speech
- Nursultan Nazarbayev
- Human rights
- Igor Vinyavskiy
- Humanitarian aid
- Oppression of the opposition
- Vladimir Kozlov
- Bolat Atabayev
- Vadim Kuramshin
- Alexandr Pavlov
- Mukhtar Ablyazov
- Muratbek Ketebayev
- Election observation
- Alma Shalabayeva
- Tatyana Paraskevich
- Zaure Akpenbetova
- Election monitoring
- Ukrainian World
- Oleg Sentsov
- Nadiya Savchenko
- Zinaida Mukhortova
- Rafis Kashapov
- Nadia Savchenko
- Bota Jardemalie
- Rule of law in Poland
- Magnitsky Act
- Polish judiciary
The Ordo Iuris Institute is a fundamentalist organisation, highly active in Poland and the EU. It is linked – according to numerous sources – to both the Kremlin and a dangerous Brasilian sect. They are directly responsible for numerous assaults on EU values, most notably human rights and equality, successfully campaigning i.a. against LGBTI rights (being the architects of the “LGBT-free zones” in Poland), for the EU not to ratify the Council of Europe’s “Convention on combating violence against women and domestic violence” (Instanbul Convention) and most notably against the fundamental rights of women. They are behind the recent, barbaric, total abortion ban in Poland, which led to the largest protests the country has seen since the fall of communism.
On 9 November 2020, during the Second Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM), our advocacy officer, Katarzyna Szczypska, urged the OSCE bodies to pressure the Polish authorities to stop using blasphemy laws to police speech.
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.
Yesterday, 3 November 2020, Vitaly Markiv, a Ukrainian former National Guard and holder of an Italian passport, was found “not guilty” of the charge of murder of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli. The reporter and his translator, Andrei Mironov, tragically died as a result of a mortar shelling in Sloviansk on 24 May 2014. At that time, the conflict zone was controlled by Russia-backed separatists.
On October 16, 2020, two letters signed by twenty-four MEPs representing 14 EU Member States addressed Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in the context of the extremely worrying human rights trend in the country.
In authoritarian Kazakhstan, civil society representatives are subjected to arbitrary detention, criminal prosecution, imprisonment and torture for public and human rights activities, participation in peaceful protests and criticism of the authorities through social networks.
The criminal court of Perugia, Italy, has just delivered a long-awaited decision on Alma Shalabayeva’s case. On 14 October 2020, the Italian court sentenced to prison six Italian law-enforcement officers on ‘abduction’ charges and one justice of the peace for ‘forgery’. In 2013, Alma Shalabayeva, wife of Kazakhstani opposition leader and political refugee Mukhtar Ablyazov, […]
We are very proud to see our input included in the UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán. The report focuses on the disciplinary proceedings against judges for alleged misconduct in the exercise of their functions. It also covers “disguised” sanctions imposed on judges with the aim […]
On October 8, 2020 we had the pleasure of organising an online hearing for Members of the European Parliament under the title “How should the EU support the Polish judiciary?”, featuring persecuted Polish judges Beata Morawiec and Dariusz Mazur, with additional expertise provided by Prof. Laurent Pech. The event was co-hosted by MEPs Róza Thun […]
We are pleased to inform you that on 29 September 2020, the National Asylum Court of France delivered a historical decision granting refugee status to Kazakhstani opposition leader Mukhtar Ablyazov.
The Open Dialogue Foundation invites you to a Zoom hearing with persecuted Polish judges Beata Morawiec & Dariusz Mazur with additional expertise provided by Prof. Laurent Pech. Who? Judge Beata Morawiec, President of the Themis Judges’ Association. First judge to win a court case against Justice Minister Z. Ziobro for her unlawful removal from office, […]
Osservatorio Diritti, an Italian media outlet dedicated to human rights and human rights defenders worldwide, has published an analysis of Kazakhstan’s mismanagement of the pandemic from the perspective of civil society. The article features interviews with Paola Gaffurini, Advocacy Officer at the Open Dialogue Foundation, Dana Zhanay, Kazakhstani human rights defender and co-founder of Qaharman […]
Unreformed Moldova and yet still captured. As a result of the parliamentary elections (24 February 2019), Vladimir Plahotniuc, who has been accused of usurping the power in the Republic of Moldova, was forced to flee from the country. Despite the mounting pressure from civil society and international partners, including the EU, the government coalition led […]
The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) and Federazione Italiana Diritti Umani (FIDU) are back on track after the lockdown with a real-life press conference “The Authoritarian Epidemic: Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of COVID-19”. The conference was held on 29 July 2020, at Sala Caduti di Nassirya of the Italian Senate, in Rome, Italy.
Today, Rafał Matouszek, Logistics Coordinator at the Open Dialogue Foundation, visited Silesia – his home region. During the special mission, Rafał met with the management of City Hospital No. 4 in Gliwice in order to sign a donation agreement for the amount of over 58,000 zlotys that remained after settlements with restaurants as part of the #PosiłekDlaLekarza (eng. MealForADoctor) campaign. The campaign was carried out together with the FOR (Civil Development Forum) Foundation and the Niskie Składki (Low Contributions) and Spontaniczny Sztab Obywatelski (Spontaneous Civic Staff) associations.
Upon the initiative of the Italian Senator Roberto Rampi
the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) and the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF)
invite you to the press conference “The Authoritarian Epidemic: Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of COVID-19”.
We have always strived to fight against mis- and disinformation and thus counter threats to the proper functioning of democracies, including the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary. For this reason we have supported the making of “The Wrong Place”, a documentary on the so-called Markiv Case, in which two journalists were killed in Donbas in 2014.
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.
Our new project, “Democracy fitness: transforming citizens into active stakeholders via exercising democracy”, financed by the State Department through the US Embassy in Warsaw, is aimed at secondary school students in Poland. The aim of the project is to strengthen the understanding of democratic values and processes as well as foster civic participation. Emphasis will be placed on educational activities in the area of the rule of law, including the separation of powers and independence of the judiciary. It is planned to start in September 2020.
This morning, 4 July 2020, Iskander Yerimbetov, Kazakhstani political prisoner released on 30 December of last year, arrived at the Geneva Airport, Switzerland, after he was granted a humanitarian visa. ODF, the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) and his family warmly welcomed him at the airport, congratulating Iskander for this long-awaited day. This is […]
The coronavirus outbreak has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. As of 22 June 2020, the WHO had reported cases of COVID-19 in more than 216 countries and more than 8,844,171 people infected worldwide. The scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic clearly rises to the level […]
Today, on June 9, 2020, the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court is holding a closed hearing regarding lifting the immunity of judge Igor Tuleya. This and other glaring violations of ECJ judgements and EU law have compelled the world’s leading legal scholars to sign a follow-up letter by ODF and Prof. Laurent Pech to the European Commission regarding the deterioration of the rule of law in Poland.
Over 70 instances of hate crimes on racist, homophobic, anti-semitic, xenophobicand other grounds. This grim record is a result of Open Dialogue’s latest investigation into hate crimes in Poland. The report covers the period stretching from January to December 2019, and complements the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) annual reporting on “hate incidents” across the OSCE area. Most alarmingly, the report reveals a hate crime-conducive environment with the authorities turning a blind eye, or – worst still – being complicit in endorsing and spreading intolerance, stigmatisation, discrimination or even incitement to violence.
On May 25-26th, our Maksym Sytnikov and Katarzyna Szczypska, addressed the issues of ethnic tensions and ethnic discrimination in Kazakhstan and state-sponsored hatred by the public media in Poland at the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM).
On May 26, 2020, seven MEPs addressed Ukrainian President Zelensky, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and the Head of the State Migration Service Maksym Sokoliuk with an appeal demanding the reevaluation of Zhanara Akhmetova’s asylum application and halting her extradition. Ms Akhmetova – a Kazakhstani journalist and oppositionist – and her 12-year-old son risk deportation from Ukraine as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision on May 14, 2020, which overturned its previous instance and rejected her asylum application.
On May 14, 2020, the decision to grant asylum to a prominent Kazakhstani journalist and oppositionist, Zhanara Akhmetova, and her 12-year-old son, was reversed by the Supreme Court of Ukraine, acting as a last instance court. Akhmetova is one of the leaders of the country’s biggest opposition movement “Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan”.
On May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of Ukraine, acting as a last instance court, reversed the decision of the previous instance and declined to grant asylum to a prominent Kazakhstani journalist and oppositionist, Zhanara Akhmetova. The hearing was held without the presence of Akhmetova’s attorney. Akhmetova can be extradited to Kazakhstan anytime. If extradited, she faces torture and unfair trial. With all avenues for appeal having been formally exhausted, it is only the international community that can block the unlawful expulsion.
On 11 May 2020, the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Moldova announced the discontinuation of the investigation against the head of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska.
Due to the decision issued by the District Court in Warsaw on March 13, 2020, state broadcaster Polskie Radio S.A. secured a claim on personal rights protection of ODF, Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek. As a result, Polskie Radio updated multiple articles in three language versions (Polish, Russian and Ukrainian) with information regarding pending lawsuits, […]
The Open Dialogue Foundation continues to reiterate its support in advancing the implementation and enforcement of Global Magnitsky sanctions in Europe and overseas. Therefore, together with other 50 leading human rights organisations, ODF has signed a series of letters addressed to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of continued congressional funding for this powerful foreign policy tool.
The Open Dialogue Foundation provided inputs to the first annual Rule of Law Report, the European Commission’s latest oversight mechanism and a part of its wider rule of law toolbox. Together with experts and practitioners from Poland – judges Dariusz Mazur and Agnieszka Niklas-Bibik, as well as former public media employee, Piotr Owczarski – we submitted our feedback on the worrisome developments in the Polish justice system and media sector in 2019 and the first half of 2020. The European Commission’s initiative will result in the “Rule of Law Report”, expected to be published in September 2020.
As the government of Kazakhstan prepares to receive US$800,000 of additional assistance from the U.S. to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, President Tokayev continues to repress fundamental freedoms unabated.
As the COVID-19 outbreak started to spread in the Republic of Moldova, the Parliament declared the state of emergency on March 17, 2020. Yet, the provided rules, sanctions and restrictions are often unclear and limited.
The next few days and weeks will determine the fate of the Supreme Court, a key institution in the Polish legal system that is currently upholding the independence of the judiciary. In 2018 the Supreme Court was attacked by two foreign bodies, the so-called Disciplinary Chamber (ID) and the Chamber of Extraordinary Control and Public Affairs (IKNiSP). Contrary to their names, they do not consist of independent judges, but of party nominees loyal to the current parliamentary majority and the Law and Justice government.
ODF is a long-standing promoter and advocate of the Global Magnitsky Act. Hence, as a response to the inquiry into whether Australia should examine the use of targeted sanctions to address human rights abuses, ODF submitted its recommendations with the aim of encouraging the adoption of Magnitsky-style sanctions in the national legislation. Our submission, authored by ODF’s team, is available on the Parliament’s website, after becoming an official document of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade – Human Rights sub-committee.
The two biggest campaigns providing meals free-of-charge to health service workers fighting the coronavirus epidemic – our #MealForDoctor and #SustenanceCalling initiatives – are joining forces!
As part of the #PosiłekDlaLekarza (Eng. #MealForADoctor) campaign, we are raising funds to deliver meals to healthcare workers. However, we are only one of the many support initiatives that emerged spontaneously a month ago in Poland, after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and in response to the associated restrictions.
In response to the arrival of (inappropriate) medical supplies from Moscow to the Pratica di Mare military airport, Italy, as well as of military means and high-ranking officers affiliated to the Russian Ministry of Defence to cope with the #COVID19 pandemic (March 22, 2020), ODF, together with other fifteen non-governmental organisations, promoted a letter of appeal addressed to Italy’s PM Giuseppe Conte.
The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the think tank of the EPP, has just published a new research paper entitled “EU Human Rights Promotion in Central Asia – Between the Dragon and the Bear”, written by ODF’s analysts Igor Savchenko, Kateryna Savchenko and Andriy Osavoliuk. The research paper consists of six sections, tackling a wide range of topics, from the promotion of human rights in Central Asia from the EU’s security perspective, to China and Russia’s influence in the region, including an analysis of how Central Asian regimes have progressively adopted human rights violations from Russia and China.
The #MealForADoctor campaign has succeeded beyond our expectations. A spontaneous idea two weeks ago has gained unexpected popularity and resulted in over 500 catering establishments from all over Poland volunteering to participate. We also almost immediately reached several hundred thousand zlotys in donations and have so far raised almost 600,000 zlotys. As a result, meals have been delivered to over a hundred hospitals across the country. These are huge numbers! Your solidarity is fantastic, but it also raises some organisational challenges.
We encourage you to read the detailed infographic summarising our activities from the very beginning of the action until 1 April.
We, human rights organisations, call upon law enforcement authorities to investigate fairly the circumstances of attacks on Serhiy Sternenko. We would also ask politicians, officials and other parties not involved in the proceedings to refrain from interfering in the investigation.
A few days ago, we wrote that the #MealForDoctor campaign had surpassed the organisers’ wildest expectations. The success of the fundraiser was also reflected in the Polish media, including online healthcare portals.
The Open Dialogue Foundation is one of eight European organisations whose comments and report on the state of the judiciary in EU Member States in the framework of the EU Justice Scoreboard 2020 initiative have been adopted and published by the European Commission. Our study was prepared together with the ‘Themis’ Association of Judges and concerned the state of the Polish justice system.
Statement on the COVID-19 in closed prisons in the occupied Crimea and Donbas which is under Russia’s effective control. An immediate response from international organizations is required.
The #MealForDoctor campaign is proving the great power that lies in spontaneous initiatives and the generosity of the Polish people. Even in our most optimistic scenarios, we did not expect that, in less than a week, we would collect more than PLN 500,000 and provide support to almost 500 restaurants – and, as a consequence, the same help to medical doctors themselves. Your participation in the campaign and the trust you have placed in our team – which gave you no guarantees that the initiative would succeed – are extremely encouraging.
There has been great success for the action organised by the Open Dialogue Foundation and Niskie Składki (Low Contributions) and Spontaniczny Sztab Obywatelski (Spontaneous Civic Staff) associations with the support of Patryk Wachowiec from the FOR (Civil Development Forum) Foundation. In the face of the epidemic in Poland, we have raised PLN 500,763 for meals for the health care workers who are tirelessly fighting the spread of coronavirus and helping those infected.
On March 19th 2020 a Kazakhstani political prisoner and a torture victim, Mukhtar Dzhakishev, has been released from prison. On March 3th, 2020, a court in Semey (Kazakhstan) ruled to free him on parole and under probation supervision. The decision came as a surprise since all previous release requests were rejected. During the past decade, Dzhakishev was denied the right to a fair and public trial, the right to defence, and the right to humane treatment, while the deterioration of his health was reported by international observers.
Although most of the COVID-19 cases in Poland have been recorded in Warsaw, restaurateurs from all over the country have decided to join the #MealForDoctor campaign and support local hospital workers with meals.
Famous Kazakhstani film director and public figure Bolat Atabayev is in serious condition at a clinic in Munich. For many years, Bolat Atabayev has been suffering from diabetes, and his kidney failure has worsened recently. Last week, the director went through several expensive surgeries. His condition is still severe and financial support is required to cover expensive treatment and rehabilitation.
The Open Dialogue Foundation, the Low Contributions Association, Spontaneous Civic Campaign Headquarters and Civil Development Forum have launched an online fundraiser for meals for Polish healthcare workers, who are now spending even more time at work due to the coronavirus epidemic, leading Polish media reported.
The coronavirus epidemic is affecting all areas of our lives. However, it is most affecting health care, which is at the forefront of the fight against the disease. Doctors and medical staff are currently working at their best, often at the expense of their families and friends. It is primarily on their commitment that our ability to quickly suppress the epidemic will depend. Those hospitalised, and their loved ones, are also in a difficult situation, and are putting their hopes in the health service.
In its letter to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the Open Dialogue Foundation, along with other civil society organisations, appeals to the Polish authorities for aid for refugees and, thus, fulfil their international obligations.
On the 20th February 2020, on the occasion of the 19th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, together with the members of the Dutch Delegation, Farah Karimi and Boris Dittrich, we had the pleasure of hosting the side-event “New and Old Ways of Suppressing Dissent in the OSCE Area: Protecting Political Refugees from Legal and Technological Abuse”.
On 17 February 2020, we arranged a visit of Kazakhstani human rights defenders, Bota Jardemalie and Dana Zhanay, to the European Parliament in order to attend an exchange of views with DCAS members on the situation of human rights in Kazakhstan prior to the 17th EU – Kazakhstan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) meeting in Nur-Sultan on 25-27 February. The roundtable discussion provided a rich exchange of views between the MEPs and members of civil society and NGOs.
On February 6-7, 2020, a delegation of the Open Dialogue Foundation went on a two-days mission to Rome with the aim to relaunch the draft bill for an Italian Magnitsky Law, following a series of events in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate on the matter
We have recently learned of an event held in the European Parliament on January 23rd, 2020, organised by the “EU Today” website. The event’s title, “NGOs: between public good and bad governance”, would suggest the event covered an interesting and important topic, the functioning of NGOs in the EU. Unfortunately, as we’ve learned from one of the unlucky participants of the event, this title was just disguise for another action by “EU Today” founder, former UKIP employee, far-right racist and Holocaust denier, Gary Cartwright, aiming to discredit ODF and our work, specifically in Kazakhstan.
The 2020 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), held on 27-31 January 2020 in Strasbourg, was dominated by two topics: the returning of voting rights to Russia (which ODF strongly campaigned against), which was suspended following its annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine, and the worsening situation in regard to the rule of law in Poland.
As is by now tradition for us, we were proud to be present during the 2020 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, held on 27-31 January 2020 in Strasbourg, France. Our delegation consisted of ODF President Lyudmyla Kozlovska, Kazakhstani activist from the ‘Qaharman’ human rights movement Dana Zhanay and Polish persecuted judge Dominik Czeszkiewicz from the Suwałki District Court.
Zhanara Akhmetova is a Kazakhstani journalist, one of the leaders of the opposition movement “Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan” (DCK). For several years, Akhmetova and her minor son have been unsuccessfully seeking refugee status and, through this, political asylum in Ukraine.
On December 16, 2019, the conference “David and Goliath: The hazards of digital disinformation” took place at the premises of Fabrica. The event was hosted by the Italian Federation for Human Rights in partnership with Fabrica
We have learned with great relief of the release of Kazakhstani political prisoner Iskander Yerimbetov.
Members of the Italian Senate and the Italian Chamber of Deputies forwarded a letter to the Belgian Prime Minister, demonstrating their concern and outrage with the situation faced by Jardemalie in Belgium.
On December 18-19, 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation’s team, together with human rights defenders from Moldova, conducted very constructive meetings in the European Parliament in plenary session in Strasbourg. The delegation consisted of Ana Ursachi, attorney prosecuted for political reasons, Stefan Gligor, co-founder and Justice and Advocacy Program Director at the Center for Policies and Reforms, Stella Juntuan, activist and former member of the Moldovan parliament, Grigore Petrenco, political refugee in Germany and leader of the Red Bloc opposition party, and was led by our colleague Martin Mycielski, Public Affairs Director at ODF.
In light of the ongoing assault on the independence of the judiciary in Poland by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party – and especially the recently-exposed hate campaign against judges and prosecutors, orchestrated by the justice ministry itself – the Renew Europe group and the Open Dialogue Foundation have organised on December 12th, 2019, a European Parliament lunch debate with prosecutors and judges persecuted in Poland.
Non-governmental organisations (including the Open Dialogue Foundation) and academics specialising in issues related to the rule of law and the protection of human rights, sent an open letter to the President of the European Commission, in which they call for immediate steps to stop the rapidly growing legal chaos in Poland, including prompt submission in the European Court of Justice, of an application for interim measures in Case C-791/19 Commission v Poland, pending before the Court of Justice. The full content of the letter is presented below.
ODF is proud to have organised a high-level mission to Brussels of the most famous “disobedient” Polish judges & prosecutors – the leading victims of the systemic persecution & defamation of the independent judiciary in the country: judges Waldemar Żurek & Dariusz Mazur and prosecutors Krzysztof Parchimowicz & Ewa Wrzosek.
On 11 December 2019 in Kyiv, within the framework of the IV National Human Rights Non-Conference, a discussion was held on the topic: “Are there any threats to Ukraine from China and how can they be minimised?”. The event was organised by the Open Dialogue Foundation in collaboration with the Ukrainian Free Hong Kong Centre, the Qaharman Human Rights Initiative (Kazakhstan) and the Human Rights Agenda. The discussion was moderated by human rights defender Maksym Sytnikov (Open Dialogue Foundation).
On 10 December 2019, in Kyiv, a discussion was held on the topic: “How to protect political refugees from illegal extraditions and misuse of interstate legal assistance?”. The event was held as part of the 4th National Human Rights Non-Conference. The Open Dialogue Foundation, the Right to Protection Charitable Foundation, the Kharkov Institute of Social Studies, and the Human Rights Agenda Coalition were among the organisers of the event.
On November 29, 2019, the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) met in Strasbourg to discuss, among other items, the INTERPOL reform and extradition proceedings. A delegation of ODF, represented by Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Ana Ursachi, Moldovan lawyer and human rights defender, arrived at Palais de l’Europe to support the debate.
Over the past years, China has increased its presence in Kazakhstan, thus making their economic and political relations more robust. Importantly, human rights and the survival of civil society are at stake, as Kazakhstani activists are afraid of the growing dependence onChina, a country which has been often perceived as a bearer of abuse and […]
On 6 November 2019, Members of the Federal Parliament of Belgium’s asked questions to the Minister of Justice Koen Geens, during a Justice Committee hearing. Five parliamentarians asked questions regarding the controversial judicial cooperation between Belgium and Kazakhstan.
Open Dialogue Foundation and the Italian Federation for Human Rights are pleased to invite you to an event co-hosted by MEPs Nacho Sanchez Amor (S&D; Spain) and Niklas Nienaß (Greens/EFA; Germany).
During the last PACE Autumn session (30-4 October), together with the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) and the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) we had the pleasure to host: Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker recently released from Russian custody; Kazakhstani human rights defenders Bota Jar
We defend human rights, democracy and the rule of law. We stepped on the toes of many authoritarian and hybrid regimes which currently conduct targeted propaganda and disinformation campaigns against us. Would you like to form your own opinion? Find out what we have done so far.
Between Monday 16 and Friday 27 September 2019, representatives of the Open Dialogue Foundation Xheni Dani, Joanna Cuper and Maksym Sytnikov participated in the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting held in Warsaw. Our representatives delivered several statements in which they raised is
On 10 October 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation filed nearly twenty of lawsuits against politicians representing the Law and Justice party and their Public Relations representatives. All these claims were presented by the ODF yesterday at a press conference.
Due to the intensification of attacks on judges and prosecutors belonging to the Association of Polish Independent Prosecutors, Lex Super Omnia, we held a discussion on their current situation on 26 September 2019.
Crimean film director, Maidan activist, Ukrainian patriot and one of the bravest prisoners of the Kremlin, Oleg Sentsov has recently regained his freedom. We – along with many others – had solicited for his release for the five years he spent in Russia under arrest and in prison.
Oleg Sentsov, former political prisoner gave his first speech abroad, in Berlin, after being released from Russian prison on September 7. To this purpose, on September 26, Frank Schwabe MP and Manuel Sarazzin MP welcomed Sentsov and our delegation to a parliamentary event at the Bundestag.
On September 27, 2019, Oleg Sentsov thanked the Poles and those who from the very beginning defended not only him, but all Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia and its occupied territories.
On Wednesday 18 September, the Italian Federation for Human Rights and the Open Dialogue Foundation co-organised a side event entitled “Suppressing Civil Society in China: Role Model for OSCE Authoritarian Members?”
Judges Waldemar Żurek, Piotr Gąciarek and Dariusz Mazur, as well as prosecutor Krzysztof Parchimowicz, will participate in the event hosted by the Open Dialogue Foundation on 26 September, 2019, as part of OSCE’s conference on human rights.
In light of the statement by Mr Usen Suleimen on 16 September 2019 during Working Session 1, attempting to dismiss the serious human rights violations in Kazakhstan by defaming our foundation, we would like to briefly reply to Mr Suleimen’s deeply offensive accusations.
During the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, ODF will be in Warsaw with a delegation of human rights defenders and activists. The first event will take place on Wednesday 18 at 8:15 in Meeting Room 1.
The court did not consider it necessary to take into account the fact of having already served more than two thirds of the sentence, nor the lack of penalties, the disability of the 3rd group and the deteriorating state of health of the prisoner.
It was with deep sorrow and regret that we received the news of the death of Bogusław Stanisławski – our friend, a great man, Board member of the Open Dialogue Foundation in the years 2014-2018.
On 29 August 2019, we filed a request to exclude the Head of the Customs and Tax Office in Lodz (Pol. Urząd Celno-Skarbowy w Łodzi) due to his violation of Article 121 §1 of the Act of 29 August 1997, Tax Ordinance (Journal of Laws of 2019, item 900, as amended).
The Voivodeship Administrative Court in Warsaw has reversed the decisions taken by the Mazovian Voivode and the Head of the Office for Foreigners, refusing to grant Lyudmyla Kozlovska a long-term permit to stay in Poland.
On July 24, in Rome, ODF and FIDU organised an event under the title “Human Rights protection and sanctions: towards a Global Magnitsky Act”. The event took place at the conference room of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament and was hosted by Deputy Lia Quartapelle (Democratic Party).
On July 4th, in occasion of the 28th OSCE PA Annual Session, the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) and the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) organised a side-event on post-elections scenarios in Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan at the premises of the European Convention Centre in Luxembourg. Th
Seventeen US senators wrote a letter of concern to Kazakh President Tokayev calling for the release of political prisoner Iskander Yerimbetov. The July 29 letter is a bipartisan initiative by senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez, with other signatories including Bernie Sanders and Tim Kaine.
On September 20, 2018, Aktau City Court Judge Oralbay Nagashibaev sentenced Dzhumaev to three years’ imprisonment for participating in the Telegram chat of the banned peaceful opposition movement DCK. The court found him guilty of “incitement to hatred” and “calls for a
On June 25, 2019, upon the initiative of PACE Member Roberto Rampi (Italy; SOC), the Open Dialogue Foundation and the Italian Federation for Human Rights hosted the side-event “Post-elections scenarios in Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan. Between political uncertainty and regime consolidation”.
The Summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe took place between June 24 and June 28, in Strasbourg. On this occasion, 32 members from various national delegations (eg. Italy, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal and others) signed the Written Declaration no. 682.
On 17 July we received a notification from the District Prosecutor’s Office of Łódź-Bałuty in Łódź about the initiation of an investigation into the infringement of tax secrecy and abuse of power to the detriment of the Open Dialogue Foundation and our related company Silk Road Biuro on 5 July 2019.
Upon the initiative of Italian Deputy Lia Quartapelle Procopio, the Italian Federation for Human Rights and ODF invite you to attend the international seminar “International protection of human rights and individual responsibility: Towards an Italian and European Magnitsky legislation”
Human rights groups have called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to veto a disastrously ill-considered bill introducing chemical castration for sex offenders. They see the bill as a cheap populist move aimed at winning votes in the coming parliamentary elections.
The Open Dialogue Foundation is proud to have contributed to the report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [With functioning LINK], which was presented during the 21st session of the Human Rights Council, in the framework of Item 3.
Despite the news of Lyudmyla Kozlovska having received a residence permit from Belgium, French president Emmanuel Macron has decided to send words of support to former Polish president Lech Wałęsa and – indirectly – to Lyudmyla Kozlovska. The first president of post-communist Poland and Nobel Peace
The ODF kicked off the summer season with a visit to Washington D.C. between the 12th and the 14th of June 2019. An ODF delegation joined Jared Genser (with his team) and Zhamilya Yerimbetova for a three-day mission in the capital.
The Open Dialogue Foundation monitors cases of persecution during peaceful protests in Kazakhstan. This article contains the lists of persons detained and convicted from 1 May to 12 June 2019. The lists were compiled based on information from the Facebook group #IHaveAChoice #ActivistsNotExtremists.
On June 12 and 13, in Brussels, the 2019 edition of the Civil Society Days event took place at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). This event represents the cooperation between the EESC and the members of the Liaison Group representing European civil society organisations and networks
On the occasion of the 28th OSCE PA Annual Session, ODF and FIDU are pleased to invite you to a side-event on post-elections scenarios in Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan, on Thursday, 4 July 2019, from 12:30 to 14.30, room E (Level 1), at the premises of the European Convention Centre in Luxembourg.
The third seminar of the Commission “Truth, Justice and Reconciliation between Russia and Ukraine, in association with the European Union”, which took place from June 2 to 5, 2019, in the city of Caen, brought together researchers and representatives of civil society from Ukraine, Russia and EU.
We, the Ukrainian human rights and civil society organizations, have been protecting Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia and the occupied Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Donbas for the past six years.
This side-event is aimed at bringing together CSOs and Members of PACE who took part in election and human rights observation missions, with the goal to discuss the current situation and attitude of the new and old ruling elites towards the challenges of the future.
On Thursday 28 March, 2019, FIDU, ODF, the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) and the EU–Russian Expert Group on Combating Transborder Corruption organised an international conference on the application of the Magnitsky law, at the premises of the Italian Senate.
Submission to the European Commission for consideration at the EU-Moldova Human Rights Dialogue
On the occasion of the PACE Spring session 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) and the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) organised a side-event on the Magnitsky legislation at the premises of the Council of Europe, Palais.
On 24 April 2019, Gazeta Polska and its executive editor Tomasz Sakiewicz lost the dispute in court with the Open Dialogue Foundation, for portraying Bartosz Kramek – the Head of the Foundation Board – as a Nazi invader in the summer of 2018.
On the occasion of the PACE, 29 members from different national delegations (e.g. France, Belgium, UK, Poland, Italy etc.) and political groups signed a written declaration “Sanctions must be maintained and “Magnitsky laws” applied in response to human rights violations in the RF occupied Crimea”
During the Spring session of the PACE, 22 members signed a written declaration under the title “Magnitsky laws sanctions must be imposed in response to political prosecution in Kazakhstan” tabled by André Gattolin, the French senator and member of the French delegation to the Council of Europe
Last week, the Open Dialogue Foundation filed the notification to the Warsaw District Prosecutor on the suspicion of commiting a crime concerning the disclosure of confidential tax data on the injury of the ODF and the Silk Road Bureau of Analysis and Information LLC partially funding the ODF.
The Open Dialogue Foundation and the Italian Federation for Human Rights are pleased to invite you to a side-event on the application of the Magnitsky law, which will be held on Tuesday, 9 April 2019, from 13.00 to 14.00, room 14 (ground floor), at the premises of the Council of Europe, Palais.
ODF joins over 40 human rights organizations in urging the U.S. Congress to increase funding for enforcing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.
Upon the initiative of Italian Senator Roberto Rampi, the Italian Federation for Human Rights, Open Dialogue Foundation, the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty and the EU-Russian Expert Group on Combating Transborder Corruption are pleased to invite you to an event.
The ODF participated in a human rights observatory mission in Ukraine which took part within a period of 16-19.03.2019. It included a wide range of meetings with the representatives of the Ukrainian civil society, expert environment, authorities and the diplomats accredited in this country.
This is a non-exhaustive timeline of events preceding and following the expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, from the EU. This list will be updated as events unfold.
On 18 March 2019, in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a round table took place on the subject of “Persecution and violation of the rights of Ukrainian citizens on the territory of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.”
On 14 March 2019, in Strasbourg, MEPs voted in favour of an EU human rights sanctions regime, following a proposal by the Dutch government in November 2018 and voted unanimously by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council in December last year. The resolution was adopted by wide majority, 447 to 70.
In December 2018 the United Nations has published its World Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. The report analyzes the challenges faced by human rights defending NGOs and activists around the world.
ODF is pleased to announce that our President, Ukrainian human rights activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska, exiled from the EU by Polish authorities back in August 2018 to international criticism, has today received a 5-year residence permit in Belgium.
On 1 March 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation received a response to a request for public information regarding contacts between Polish diplomats and their Moldovan counterparts.
The European Parliament’s Human Rights Subcommittee has recently released a report it has commissioned, entitled “Misuse of Interpol’s Red Notices and impact on human rights – recent developments”. Yesterday, the study was officially presented at the subcommittee’s meeting.
On 19 February in Brussels, the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the EP hosted a hearing on “Attacks on the legal profession and lawyers defending human rights”. The event was chaired by MEP A. Panzeri and touched on the pressing issue of the threats to the threats to the legal profession worldwide.
On 14 February 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jacek Czaputowicz, to disclose public information on cooperation with the Moldovan authorities.
During the 2019 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, PACE members touched upon various different issues of global interest, from problems of objectivity to media freedom and legal tools to enable the Council of Europe’s governments to adopt sanctions programmes.
During the 2019 Winter Session, held between January 21st and 25th, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) assessed the latest developments on the human rights situation in Moldova.
The complaint against the decision of the Head of the Office for Foreigners of November 20, 2018, which upheld the previously contested decision regarding the inclusion of L.Kozlovska’s data in the SIS II list of undesirable foreigners, was submitted to the Provincial Administrative Court in Warsaw.
The ODF President Lyudmyla Kozlovska took part in two international events. The first one, organised by the ALDE party in Visegrad, Hungary on 1-2 December, focused on the “bright future of liberalism” in Europe. The second was organised by the Sorbonne University in Paris on December 15th.
Last weekend, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés and a human rights defender – Alex Prokopiev, visited Warsaw. On that occasion, he met the representatives of Polish civil society and took part in a weekly pacific protest held by street opposition activists in defense of the Constitution.
On 20 November 2018, the Head of the Office for Foreigners upheld the appealed decision regarding the placement of Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s data in the SIS II list of undesirable persons
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has considered information about violations during the criminal prosecution of Iskander Yerimbetov. The UN concluded that Yerimbetov’s detention and arrest were arbitrary, and that criminal prosecution and trial were accompanied by gross violations
The Open Dialogue Foundation is among the organisations who joined the appeal to support the adoption of a Global Magnitsky Act at the EU level.
On 21 November 2018, at the 87th session of the General Assembly of INTERPOL, a new INTERPOL president was to be elected. According to the report of reputable mass media, the representative of the Russian Federation, Major General of Police, Vice-President of INTERPOL Oleksandr Prokopchuk had the greatest chances to be elected for this post.
On 22 November 2018, our President Lyudmyla Kozlovska had the honour to speak in the UK House of Commons, at a panel debate on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary organised by the Foreign Policy Centre. Below is a transcript of her opening statement.
On October 4th, 2018, the ruling Moldovan Democratic Party established a parliamentary commission to investigate “Open Dialogue Foundation’s and ODF President Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s interference in the domestic affairs of the Republic of Moldova as well as it’s funding of opposition parties”.
On 21 November 2018, at the 87th session of the General Assembly of INTERPOL, a new INTERPOL president will be elected. The representative of the Russian Federation, Major General of Police, Vice-President of INTERPOL Oleksandr Prokopchuk has the greatest chances to be elected for this post.
Human rights violations and politically motivated persecution continue in Kazakhstan. It is high time the EU raised its voice in opposition!
ODF has recently learned of a group or individual impersonating an EU body or pro-European civic group under the name “European Union Anti Corruption”, which seems to be running a paid, targeted smear campaign against the Foundation
On 15 October 2018, attorney Izabela Banach, representative of the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, submitted another application to the Office for Foreigners in Kozlovska’s case.
On 1 March, 2018, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation applied to the Mazovian Voivode for a long-term EU resident permit on the territory of Poland. In the light of recent events, the decision she received after seven months, on 15 October 2018, is not surprising.
Between Monday 8 and Thursday 11 October 2018, a delegation of the ODF attended the Fourth part-session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg.
The sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will not be lifted. On October 9, a draft resolution that aimed to create conditions conducive to Russia’s return to this institution was rejected.
Populists and nationalism are on the rise in many European countries. Sadly, my second homeland, Poland is not an exception but a growing concern for its citizens, residents and the international community.
A delegation of the Open Dialogue Foundation composed of its President Lyudmyla Kozlovska, Head of the Foundation Board Bartosz Kramek and its Public Affairs Director Marcin Mycielski have just returned to Brussels after a three-day visit to London where they were invited and hosted by KOD UK.
The President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Mrs Lyudmyla Kozlovska, was invited to take part in two side-events, taking place within the Autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in Strasbourg, between Monday 8 and Wednesday 10 October 2018.
OPEN LETTER. We, the undersigned, are strongly concerned about the possible demise of the Council of Europe, which can take place very soon.
On Wednesday 26 September 2018, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, was invited to the European Parliament, in Brussels, by Guy Verhofstadt, President of the ALDE Group, to deliver her speech on the rule of law and the situation of the civil society in Poland.
Between Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 September 2018, the ODF conducted an advocacy mission in Warsaw at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, a forum aimed at providing a platform for dialogue between NGOs and the representatives of OSCE Member States.
I am here thanks to the uncompromising Members of the German Bundestag and delegates to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, our hosts who truly care about the state of the rule of law, civil liberties and human dignity in Europe.
Less than a month after Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s expulsion by the Law and Justice government in retaliation for her husband’s (Bartosz Kramek) opposition activity, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation returned to the territory of the European Union.
On August 31, the authorised representative of the Open Dialog Foundation, attorney Izabela Banach submitted to the Office for Foreigners a request to remove the personal data of Lyudmyla Kozlovska contained in the Schengen Information System I and II.
Within the framework of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2018 in Warsaw, the Open Dialog Foundation will hold a side event entitled “Defence for the Defenders: lawyers and attorneys under attack for participation in politically motivated cases in the post-Soviet area”.
The Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) received a letter from the office of Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, providing responses and explanations regarding the two Polish MEPs’ questioning of the legitimacy of ODF’s registration on the Transparency Register
Some Moldovan media, considered as close to the Democratic Party, reported the deportation from Poland of the head of the Open Dialog Foundation, a civil society activist from Ukraine Lyudmyla Kozlovska. These media claim that Kozlovska was deported from the EU
On Tuesday 14 August 2018, Mrs Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) was deported from the EU territory to Kyiv, Ukraine due to an abuse of the Schengen Information System (SIS).
Lyudmyla Kozlovska, the President of the Management Board of The Open Dialog Foundation (ODF), was prevented by the Polish authorities from entering the EU. We perceive this as another of a long series of their attacks on the Foundation
Between Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 July, 2018 in Rome a delegation of human rights defenders of the ODF and the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) took part in a series of meetings and seminars with Italian lawmakers, journalists and members of Italian National Forensics Council (CNF).
Media and human rights organisations, including the Open Dialog Foundation, have issued a joint statement, demanding from law enforcement officers, a public report on the investigation into the assassination of Pavel Sheremet.
On the occasion of the Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly held in Berlin between 7 and 11 July 2018, a delegation of human rights and civil activists led by ODF presented their reports and made their appeals to members of different national delegations.
In the news section of the 28th issue of “Les Droits de l’Homme en Europe Orientale et dans l’Espace post-sovietique”, the Journal of the French Human Rights League (LDH) includes an article written by the Open Dialog Foundation concerning the situation of human rights in authoritarian countries.
The story of Oleg Sentsov, based on ODF’s earlier publications (2014-2015), was publishing in Swedish independent publishing house Ariel Förlag. This publishing house for two decades specialized in introducing contemporary literature from the Baltic republics, Poland, and Russia.
On Thursday 19 July 2018, the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) and the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU), together with the Italian Senator Mr Roberto Rampi, will host a press conference entitled “In defense of civil liberties. Testimonies from Russia, Moldova and Kazakhstan”.
Civil society activists from Kazakhstan and Russia who are seeking political asylum in Ukraine, have faced secret surveillance and threats from unidentified persons. The activists claim that Kazakhstan’s special services are involved in this matter.
On the occasion of the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a delegation of civil society activists from Poland and the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) held a series of bilateral meetings with PACE Members and Permanent Representations to the Organisation.
Between the 25 and 27 June, 2018, a delegation of lawyers, a judge and human rights defenders from Moldova, Russia, Kazakhstan, Italy, Belgium and Turkey, led by the Open Dialog Foundation, participated in the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
On 25 June, 2018, the Kyrgyz court authorised the extradition of the well-known opposition blogger Muratbek Tungishbayev to Kazakhstan. On 26 June, 2018, late in the evening, security officers took Tungishbayev from the detention centre in an unknown direction.
Please be advised that any video recordings recently posted on the Internet allegedly involving Lyudmyla Kozlovska, associating her with Bill Browder (initiator of the Global Magnitsky Law campaign) and Mukhtar Ablyazov, (leader of the opposition movement “Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan”) are fake.
The ODF and the Italian Federation for Human Rights, with the valued support of the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty, are pleased to announce the holding of the third event concerning the persecution of lawyers and international instruments for their protection.
On June 4, 2018, on the 29th anniversary of the Tian’An Men Square protests, ODF was invited to participate in a commemorative event organised by the Wei Jingsheng Foundation and hosted by the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization (UNPO).
“Just as in 1980 there could not be freedom without solidarity, today there can not be freedom without the rule of law!” – former President Lech Wałęsa appeals to the European Commission regarding the reform of the Supreme Court in Poland, which will come into force on 3 July 2018.
On 24 May 2018, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of PACE adopted two draft resolutions expressing its concern over new legislations and restrictions on NGOs’ activities in member States of the CoE and calling for the need to strengthen the important role of human rights defenders.
Between 17th and 18th of May representatives of the Open Dialog Foundation held a series of meetings with German politicians in the Bundestag.
On 15 May 2018, a press conference – co-organised by ODF and the Italian Federation for Human Rights – was held at the premises of the Brussels Press Club. On this occasion, the delegation composed of Antonio Stango and Marcin Święcicki, presented a report on the recent human rights… (read more)
The celebration of the Polish-Ukrainian Solidarity Day will take place on on the Piłsudski Square in Warsaw on 20 May 2018, at 4:00 pm. The initiators of the event are Warsaw social activists, including Bartosz Kramek and Joanna Cuper from the Open Dialog Foundation.
During the last Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Spring session, on 25 April 2018, twenty-nine members signed a written declaration, expressing their “serious concern” about the ongoing attacks on civil liberties in Kazakhstan and calling for “cessation of blocking social media
On the occasion of the Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a delegation of human rights defenders and civil society experts were present in Strasbourg between Monday 23 and Wednesday 25 April, 2018
Thus far, more than 38 cases of politically motivated criminal prosecution have been registered in Kazakhstan. Of these, 24 political prisoners are being held in prisons and detention facilities, or even (in two cases) in mental hospitals.
On April 9, 2018, MEPs – Jaromír Štětina, Julie Ward, Tomáš Zdechovský – addressed the Ministry of Justice and General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Moldova with regard to the attacks currently being organised against independent lawyers, pro-reform activists, and judges in the country.
On 23 March 2018, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's Files reported that the name of Yan Andreyev had been removed from the international wanted list. His prosecution has been recognised as politically motivated. The Open Dialog Foundation reported widely on the case of Yan Andreyev.
A Moldovan court has sanctioned the arrest of counsel Ana Ursachi. The court session was carried out in the absence of her defenders. The authorities engaged a public defender in the judicial process, which can be regarded as a way to legalise the court decision
Between 1 and 2 March, 2018, a delegation of defenders from the Open Dialog Foundation met in Geneva on the occasion of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
On 3 March 2018, the police used brutal force to disperse a many-months-long protest near the Ukrainian parliament building. As a result of clashes between police and protesters, more than 100 people were detained.
On March 3, 2018, the National Police of Ukraine and the National Guard of Ukraine demolished the tent camp that had been located on Hrushevsky Street near the Ukrainian Parliament
Mr Josè Ignacio Sanchez Amor, Chair of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, signed two letters on Friday 23 February 2018, one addressed to the President of Kazakhstan, Mr Nazarbayev
In February 2018, two events on the topic of the persecution of lawyers were held at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels (Tuesday, 20 February 2018) and at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting in Vienna (Friday, 23 February 2018)
Persecution of lawyers: selected cases from Moldova, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan
The Open Dialog Foundation is glad to invite you to an event on the topic of the persecution and protection of lawyers, which will be held on Friday 23 February 2018, from 12:30 to 14:00, room 531 at the premises of the Hofburg Congress Centre, Vienna.
The Open Dialog Foundation is glad to invite you to an event on the topic of the persecution and protection of lawyers, which will be held on Tuesday 20 February 2018, from 15:30 to 17:00, room: A5G305; at the premises of the European Parliament – Brussels.
On the occasion of the winter session of the PACE, the Open Dialog Foundation organised a 4-day mission to Strasbourg. The Polish delegation was headed by Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the ODF, Anna Prus from The Poland-wide Women’s Strike and Robert Hojda – creator of the Przystań “OKO”.
ODF, in partnership with PACE Members P. De Sutter and F. Schwabe is pleased to invite you to attend the event “Government against the rule of law, civil society and independent media in Poland” on Tuesday, January 23, from 13.00 to 14.00, at the premises of the Council of Europe, Room 11 – Palais.
Success of Ukrainian NGOs. Once again, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has prevented the Russian delegation from returning to its ranks. This decision was appealed for by 40 Ukrainian NGOs and the Open Dialogue Foundation.
The Management Board of the Open Dialog Foundation will not be suspended – on 7 December, the District Court in Warsaw dismissed the motion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to put the Foundation under administrative receivership and to suspend its current Management Board.
On 11 December 2017, miners of four mines in the city of Shakhtinsk, Karaganda Province, refused to return to the surface and announced the beginning of a protest action. They put forward a number of demands, the main of which is a 100% increase in salaries.
On 16 December 2017, we will witness the 6th anniversary of the Zhanaozen massacre. A few days before the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Kazakhstan is going to be debated and voted. It is an opportunity for us all to once again raise the issue of political prisoner
Businessman Iskander Yerimbetov has become another victim of the criminal case against the Kazakhstani opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov. Yerimbetov is the brother of Botagoz Jardemalie, Ablyazov’s lawyer who has been granted political asylum in Belgium.
On November 13, 2017, MEPs submitted two written questions to the EU VP/HR on the politically motivated prosecutions taking place in Kazakhstan. This comes after MEPs, on October 19, addressed letters to the Kazakhstani state authorities, demanding the release of several political prisoners
When arriving in Ukraine, political refugees do not leave their problems behind; on the contrary, they face new ones.
On 22 November 2017, at 2:00 p.m., the Kyiv Appellate Court will consider Zhanara Akhmetova’s appeal against her extradition arrest. Kazakhstani opposition journalist Zhanara Akhmetova was arrested in Kyiv at the request of Kazakhstan.
On 8 November 2017, two committees of the Verkhovna Rada, the Committee on Human Rights and the Committee on Freedom of Speech,discussed the case of Zhanara Akhmetova. The general problem of unlawful extraditions and a large number of refusals to grant refugee status has also been raised
Following its firm statement in defence of the independence of the judiciary, and thus, against violation of the Constitution and the rule of law in Poland, on 21 July 2017, ODF became the object of unprecedented attacks by the Polish governmental administration and broader right-wing circles.
Kazakhstani opposition journalist Zhanara Akhmetova was detained in Kiev on 21 October 2017 with gross violations of the Ukrainian legislation. On 24 October 2017, the court ruled on her temporary arrest for 18 days. In protest against the decision, Akhmetova went on a hunger strike.
The European Union has issued its Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016, with a country-by-country analysis and a summary of the current and future actions and priorities of the EU in protecting human rights.
Between September and October, a delegation from the Open Dialog Foundation visited the European Parliament and the PACE to address the human rights situation and the issue of political prisoners in Moldova and Kazakhstan, as well as the recent violations of civil liberties in Poland.
On 12 October, 2017, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) signed a written declaration entitled “International obligations of the Republic of Moldova and risks for its credibility abroad”.
On 12 October, 2017, 27 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) signed a written declaration calling for the re-establishment of constitutional order and the liberties of civil society in Poland.
On 11 October, 2017, 26 Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) signed a written declaration calling for the immediate cessation of political oppression, injustice and torture in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In the light of the recent developments in Poland, one of the most urgent problems is the attack on civil society by governmental administration bodies. Non-governmental organisations, critical of the state authorities (including Obywatele RP [Citizens of Poland], Fundacja Otwarty Dialog
The battle over fugitive billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov stretches from Kazakhstan to Knightsbridge
On the occasion of the OSCE HDIM 2017, the Open Dialog Foundation held an expert seminar “Human Rights and Political Persecution in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan” in Warsaw on 21 September 2017. This discussion was our last side event during HDIM 2017.
The Open Dialog Foundation, in partnership with Destination Justice held a debate “Reform of the INTERPOL: don’t let it be stopped halfway” in Warsaw on 15 September 2017, at the premises of the National Stadium (PGE Narodowy) on the occasion of the OSCE HDIM2017.
On 13.09.2017, at the National Stadium in Warsaw, during the international conference 2017 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting which was an OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights event, we organised a discussion panel on the attack on the rule of law and civil society in Poland.
This film was prepared in cooperation with Destination Justice in order to attract attention to the problem of Interpol that is frequently misused by authoritarian regimes. It was screened at our Interpol side event during Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 organised by OSCE ODIHR in Warsaw
In connection with numerous mistakes and inaccuracies in the articles, we would like to present our position on them in the statement below. The remarks refer to the printed version of the articles (in the online version of GW, both articles were united into one and slightly changed/edited).
Mukhtar Dzhakishev’s serious chronic diseases have become more advanced. He is in a need of urgent hospitalisation. Serving time in one of the harshest penal facilities in Kazakhstan, Dzhakishev is not receiving the necessary medical care
The Open Dialog Foundation is pleased to invite you to an expert seminar “Human Rights and Political Persecution in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan”, which will be held in Warsaw on Thursday 21 2017, from 18:15_19:45 pm, at the premises of the National Stadium (PGE Narodowy), Room 3
The most recent muddle in Poland, our role in it and widely-understood various consequences of our commitment – are clearly against us. Does it all mean that we are about to close? That we have stopped doing projects relating to Ukraine? Not at all!
Recent abuses of INTERPOL by non-democratic states, such as the Red Notice issued by Turkey to detain Mr Doğan Akhanlı in Spain and other relevant cases in Russia, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, show why the reforms introduced by INTERPOL should be implemented decisively and without delay
On the 7th August, the Open Dialog Foundation received another letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this time telling it to urgently delete from the web space „information inciting to undertake illegal activities”.
I confirm that due to the onset of the Russian occupation of the Crimea in March 2014, my brother left Sevastopol for Poland together with his closest family, including his current wife. He is now staying in the US. His return to the Crimea is not possible at the moment.
Through the use of torture, the NSC is forcing Tokmadi to give false testimony confirming that 13 years ago, he ‘committed murder’ ‘at the instruction’ of opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov
On 7 August, a group of seven inspectors representing the Customs and Tax Office in Łódź visited the domicile of the ODF’s accounting services provider. The inspectors retained documents concerning the Foundation’s taxable income and bank account statements for 2014-2016
On 4.08.2017, the Chair of the Open Dialog Foundation’s Council Bartosz Kramek replied to the letter from the Director General of Foreign Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Andrzej Jasionowski, in which, amongst other things, the Foundation is called upon to explain why
In connection with the information about allegedly mysterious sources of funding of the Open Dialog Foundation (the Foundation, ODF) currently publicised by pro-government and right-wing media, as well as pro-Russian portals
The General Secretariat of the International Criminal Police Organization certified that the names of the Kazakh opposition politicians Mukhtar Ablyazov and Muratbek Ketebayev, as well as Ablyazov’s associates Tatiana Paraskevich and Alexandr Pavlov were deleted from the INTERPOL’s databases.
It is with moderate respect and satisfaction that we have welcomed the decision of President Andrzej Duda on vetoing the laws on the Supreme Court and the National Justice Board. It carries hope for reconciliation and putting an end to the conflict which has recently dominated the public life
We therefore present to you the following article and call for broad cooperation to cease the dismantling of the rule of law. In the article, we have brought together our experiences and reflections; they may prove valuable in the course of resistance.
On July 18, 09:30 a.m., in the premises of the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center (2, Khreschatyk St.) a press conference “Three Years After Maidan: Alarm Bells for Human Rights” will take place.
Between Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 July, 2017, the Open Dialog Foundation met in Rome with representatives of NGOs and members of the Italian Senate and Chamber of Deputies. The 2-days visit was an opportunity to discuss individual cases of victims of abusive Red Notices.
On Monday, 3 July, 2017, during the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg, a debate on the macro-financial assistance to Moldova was held.
On Thursday, 29 June, 2017, during the Summer plenary session of the PACE, more than 20 Members of the PACE signed a written declaration “The authorities of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are urged to cease harassment and political prosecution of pro-reform forces”.
On Tuesday, 27 June, 2017 during the Summer plenary session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), the Open Dialog Foundation organized a thematic discussion about “Political Persecution in Ukraine and Moldova. How political corruption undermines reformers’ efforts”.
Both the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have signed European Union Association Agreements (AA), agreeing to fulfill European Union requirements regarding the implementation of extensive reforms.
On 20 June, 2017, Council of the European Union, European Parliament and the European Commission, agreed on the €100 million macro-financial assistance to the Republic of Moldova, linking it with the strict conditions on fight against corruption and money laundering.
Between 12 and 14 June, 2017, a delegation of the Open Dialog Foundation and Destination Justice was present at the 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The aim of the visit was to discuss the current human rights and political situation in Moldova and Kazakhstan.
The Open Dialog Foundation and Members of the PACE Mr Serhiy Kiral and Mrs Kristýna Zelienková are happy to invite to an expert seminar “Political Persecution in Ukraine and Moldova. How political corruption undermines reformers’ efforts”, which will be held in Strasbourg on Tuesday 27 June 2017.
Representatives of the NGO Donbas SOS (Kyiv, Ukraine), working for the protection of human rights, as well as providing information and humanitarian aid to Ukrainian citizens who suffered during the armed conflict in the eastern part of the country, visited Warsaw.
On Tuesday 16 May, 2017, during the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg, a debate on the current political, reform agenda and human rights situation in Moldova was held.
On Tuesday 9 May around 300 people gathered in front of the Moldovan parliament to raise their voice against the change of the current election system.
Since March 2017 the Open Dialog Foundation is supporting its partner organisation IT Moldova Foundation/Innovate Moldova in the establishment of a strong Youth organisation in Moldova.
The recent political, reform agenda, human rights and media freedom situation in Moldova were debated today in the European Parliament in Brussels at a conference organised by Members Anna Fotyga, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Renate Weber and Rebecca Harms in co-operation with the Open Dialog Foundation.
In view of the Democratic Party’s recent proposal to change the Republic of Moldova’s electoral system, the European People’s Party (EPP) President, Joseph Daul, together with the President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), Hans Van Baalen, made a joint statement.
On Wednesday, 26 April, 2017, experts, politicians, NGOs and victims of abusive Red Notices gathered at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to assess current improvements and challenges of INTERPOL’s system and provide recommendations on reforms of INTERPOL.
Member of the Parliament Mr Dr. Bernd Fabritius and the Open Dialog Foundation organise an expert seminar to assess its findings, comment on the reform adopted by INTERPOL so far, discuss present challenges related to abuse of the INTERPOL system and project the future in this regard.
On behalf of the Open Dialog Foundation and Members of the European Parliament Mrs Anna Fotyga, Ms Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Mrs Renate Weber and Mrs Rebecca Harms, we would like to kindly invite you to a conference dedicated to the current political and human rights situation in the Republic of Moldov
On Thursday 16 March, 2017, during the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg, a debate on Ukrainian political prisoners and situation in Crimea was held. After the discussion, an urgent resolution was adopted
The Legal Affairs Committee of the PACE has adopted a resolution urging to end the abuse of INTERPOL’s Red Notices by authoritarian states! The documents includes practically all of our (and other civil society actors) recommendations and refers directly to our latest report on the matter.
On Tuesday, 28 February, 2017, Members of the European Parliament hosted the Open Dialog Foundation for a debate event on the “Ukrainian Political Prisoners in Russia and occupied Crimea”, at the European Parliament – Brussels.
Between 23 and 24 February, 2017, a representative of the Open Dialog Foundation was present at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting 2017 in Vienna. The aim of the visit was to discuss the current human rights and political situation in the post-Soviet region.
Zhanbolat Mamay refused to give ‘self-incriminating testimony’ on the case of BTA Bank. After that he was beaten in detention centre and was threatened with reprisal. Zhanbolat Mamay has become yet another victim of the criminal case against the opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov.
Between 14 and 16 February, 2017, a delegation of the Open Dialog Foundation was present at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The aim of the visit was to discuss the current human rights, political and economic situation in Kazakhstan.
On behalf of the Members of the EP Ms Julie Ward and Mrs Marju Lauristin, the Open Dialog Foundation and the Mission of Ukraine to the EU, we would like to kindly invite you to an event dedicated to a problem of Ukrainian political prisoners in the RF and the illegally occupied Crimea.
In January 2017, the Polish company The Farm 51 which develops computer games and applications for VR technology, along with the ODF, sent the first consignment of humanitarian aid for schools that are still attended in the Exclusion Zone surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
The result of our intense current work at Council of Europe in Strasburg: “Written declaration Moldova: political oppression against civil society and key witnesses” signed by 23 members of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe!
Mid-December 2016 was a period of intense work on the support of the civil society in Moldova. With a group of its prominent representatives we held series of high-level meetings in the EP as well as PACE to discuss the country’s political and human rights problems.
The Kazakhstani regime, and, in particular, President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s lobbyists have done everything in their power to make the first meeting with the opposition politician particularly memorable.
As the Open Dialog Foundation, we would like to thank you for your support during the past year and wish you all the best in your professional and personal life in 2017! On this occasion we would like also to share with you some of the ODF’s top achievements of the year 2016.
On May 05, 2016 European Exchange and ODF launched the project entitled ‘Support for young people as a stimulus for the strengthening of democracy in Ukraine’. The project is aimed at motivating the Ukrainian youth to participate directly in political and civic processes in Ukraine.
From 5 September, 2016 to 9 September, 2016 the Open Dialog Foundation, the European Exchange and the International Renaissance Foundation organised an educational tour for Ukrainian students from Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro and Ivano-Frankivsk to Berlin.
Today, on 10 December, is an international Human Rights Day. Millions of letters for those who were deprived of basic human rights will be written around the world.
Breaking news: France has refused to extradite Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia and Ukraine. The decision of the French Conseil d’Etat is final. He is going to leave the arrest after 3 years.
According to this year’s Human Freedom Index 2016 survey measuring widely understood personal and economic liberty, Eastern Europe is departing faster and faster from the western part of the continent.
On Tuesday, 8 November, 2016, the European premiere of the first interactive museum of Chernobyl took place within the “Eastern Partnerhsip Days”, an initiative of the East Poland House in Brussels. The event was organized by the Open Dialog Foundation and The Farm 51.
On 6 October, 2016, the Open Dialog Foundation concluded an Amicable Settlement with the publisher, the then editor-in-chief and one of the authors of the article entitled ‘ entitled ‘Lobbyści Oligarchy’, published in the weekly ‘Wprost’ in February 2014.
“I’m speaking about this issue because I know that from every side, Russian propaganda is using every opportunity to attack the EU institutions and I think it’s crucial for human rights defenders, for everyone present in this room, to know that it is really important and we value your work”.
On Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, the Open Dialog Foundation in cooperation with the biggest political groups in the European Parliament organized a debate event on “The Minsk Agreements, EU-Russia relations and the role of sanctions”, in Brussels.
Join us on 19 October in the European Parliament, room PHS 5B001, for an event co-organised by Petras Auštrevičius, Michał Boni, Ana Gomes, Rebecca Harms, Charles Tannock and Fundacja Otwarty Dialog dedicated to the Minsk Agreements and the role of sanctions in the EU-Russia relations.
It will probably be for the first time in history that Ukrainian and Polish non-governmental organisations will make use of state-of-the-art technologies to fight for human rights. The Open Dialog Foundation and the Center for Civil Liberties, together with the Polish IT company The Farm 51, with th
On 10-14 October 2016, during the 4th plenary session of the PACE, a world-wide #StopPutinsWarInUkraine action will take place and photos of political prisoners and histories of their persecution will be published on social media within the #LetMyPeopleGo campaign.
On 28-30.09.2016, the Open Dialog Foundation joined again the European Forum for New Ideas, held since 2011 in Sopot. The discussion on the violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts was co-organised by the ODF together with the Initiative of Global Compact Network Poland.
On Friday 23 September, 2016, the Open Dialog Foundation and the Center for Civil Liberties organized an OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting side-event on Ukrainian political prisoners in the Russian Federation and the illegally occupied Crimea.
In the last years, considerable criticism arose over the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), which used to be excessively passive in the wake of a growing trend of misuse of its mechanisms by authoritarian states.
The Open Dialog Foundation and the Center for Civil Liberties would like to invite to the OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2016 side-events (Sofitel Victoria Warsaw, Królewska St. 11, 00-065 Warsaw, Poland).
Vladimir Kozlov, Kazakh dissident, released from prison last month, after almost five years spent behind bars, wrote a letter to the Open Dialog Foundation. In the letter, he calls ODF activists his friends and thanks them for their dedication in fighting for his freedom.
On 18 August, 2016, the Open Dialog Foundation and the Ukrainian Bar Association presented the final results of the study entitled “Years behind bars without judgment: prolonged pre-trial detention in Ukraine due to a violation of reasonable terms of criminal proceedings”.
Vladimir Kozlov, Kazakh dissident and leader of the biggest opposition party “Alga” was released from prison after nearly five years spent behind bars.
On 4 August, 2016, the Kapshagai City Court of Almaty Province ordered the conditional release of opposition politician Vladimir Kozlov. The court decision will come into force in 15 days.
On 18 August, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., the final presentation of the results of the study entitled ‘Years behind bars without judgment: prolonged pre-trial detention in Ukraine in violation of reasonable time of criminal proceedings’ will be held.
On 28 July, 2016, attorneys and NGO representatives discussed the results of the study, carried out by the Open Dialog Foundation. It was devoted to the issue of ‘The excessive length of detention in Ukraine in breach of reasonable time of criminal proceedings’.
28 July, 2016 a roundtable will be held to discuss the results of a research, carried out by the Open Dialog Foundation under the auspices of the Ukrainian Bar Association, entitled: “The excessive duration of detention in Ukraine in breach of reasonable time of criminal proceedings”.
The United States are planning to introduce unclear amendments to the article 41, concerning the issue of hacking. According to international non-governmental organisations working on privacy on the web, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), these changes can radically broaden the rights
On Friday 1 July, 2016 the National Audiovisual Institute in Warsaw hosted the Polish premiere of the Chernobyl VR Project, created by The Farm 51, a Polish company from the region of Silesia. The project has taken on a new character, initially not foreseen by the creators.
In 2015, the Open Dialog Foundation continued its humanitarian aid programme addressed to the ones in need in Ukraine. The categories of beneficiaries did not change and included: widely understood defence structures, medical services and citizens’ initiatives.
On 28 June, 2016, the court in Vilnius handed down the ruling denying the requests of Kazakhstan and Ukraine regarding the extradition of Syrym Shalabayev who is a relative of the Kazakh opposition politician and political refugee, Mukhtar Ablyazov.
Geneva 23 June 2016 – On 22 and 23 June 2016 the UNHRC – the body that monitors the implementation of the rights enshrined in the ICCPR – reviewed for the second time since Kazakhstan is a party to the ICCPR the status of civil and political rights in the country.
After over two years of activity, the ODF closed down the Warsaw-based “Ukrainian World” centre. It was the first and biggest centre offering support to large numbers of Ukrainians arriving to Poland. From the beginning of its activity, the “Ukrainian World” helped over 30 000 people.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, held a hearing in Rome on 18 May 2016, dedicated to the topic of the misuse of Interpol by non-democratic states and the need for more stringent legal safeguards.
On 26 May, 2016, on the initiative of the Polish company ‘The Farm 51’, a team of experts went to the Chernobyl zone. The main purpose of the trip was to study the needs of the schools in the region affected by the Chernobyl disaster.
While Ukraine welcomed the pilot Nadia Savchenko, freed from the Russian prison, the Odessa court, where the trial of journalist Aleksandr Orlov have been pending for more than 4 years, issued a decision to release the Polish citizen from custody.
After more than two years, the Ukrainian pilot, sentenced in Russia to 22 years in prison, returned to her homeland. Last Wednesday, she was exchanged for two soldiers of GRU (the Russian military intelligence body), convicted in Ukraine.
On 22 May, 2016, participants of the Vyshyvanka Parada, an event, held in the capital city for the fourth time, walked approximately 6 kilometers along the streets of Warsaw. It couldn’t have been missed by members of the Open Dialog Foundation.
The world premiere of the first interactive virtual museum of Chernobyl took place in the Kyiv History Museum on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
On 27 April, 2016, a discussion on the case of Sergei Magnitsky, Russian anti-corruption whistle-blower and lawyer who died in custody in Moscow, in 2009, after having exposed a tax fraud of $230 million, took place at the European Parliament in Brussels.
On 26 April at 6.00 p.m., the Kyiv History Museum will host the world premiere of the Chernobyl VR project entitled ‘Ghost Town: World Premiere of a Virtual Tour’. The innovative design of Poland’s The Farm 51 is aimed at preserving the memory of 1986 through a virtual trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat.
We have a good chance to force the international community to talk more about Ukrainian Hostages of Kremlin. The campaign #LetMyPeopleGo joined the list of finalists of the international competition of online activism Deutsche Welle DW – The Bobs. Everyone of us can help it to win.
The European Union offers financial support for European students who want to do an internship within the European Union. Any public or private organisations active in the labour market can be the receiving bodies.
On Tuesday, 5 April 2016, the Open Dialog Foundation, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament and the Centre for Civil Liberties organised a conference dedicated to the topic of the global overview of the human rights violations during the Russian-Ukrainian war.
On 30 March, 2016, Jean-Claude Juncker met with Nursultan Nazarbayev – a dictator, who has single-handedly governed Kazakhstan for over 25 years. The President of the European Commission stated that his ‘good friend’ Nazarbayev was ‘sensitive’ to the problems of human rights.
On behalf of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, the Open Dialog Foundation, and the Center for Civil Liberties, we would like to kindly invite you to a conference with two panels entitled “Russian War Crimes in Eastern Ukraine” and “28 hostages of the Kremlin”.
Along with our friends from The Farm 51, the designers of the application Chernobyl VR Project, with whom we worked together on the launch of the world’s first virtual trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat, we took part in a conference ‘InnoTech Ukraine’.
On Thursday 10 March, 2016, during the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg, a debate on freedom of expression in Kazakhstan was held. After the discussion, an urgent resolution was adopted.
French media outlet Mediapart, founded by a former Le Monde editor, Edwy Plenel, has published an article on the case of Mukhtar Ablyazov. Mediapart, famous for its investigative journalism, described how Kazakhstan had influenced the legal proceedings in France.
At the end of the Free Russia Forum the participating representatives of the Russian opposition and civil society adopted a resolution supporting the call for the introduction of personal sanctions against individuals responsible for the persecution of the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.
Nadiya Savchenko was supposed to deliver her final word statement on March 3 during a hearing that was to set the date for the final verdict in her case to be announced. In an unexpected turn of events, she was not allowed to speak as the hearing was adjourned to March 9.
On April 26, 2016, the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl accident, Ukraine’s capital will host the world premiere of Chernobyl VR Project app known as ‘Ghost Town: The World Premiere of the Virtual Tour’. The Open Dialog Foundation is a co-organizer of the event.
On 4 March, 2016, Nadiya Savchenko officially went on a ‘dry hunger strike’, refusing even water. Such a radical move is a reaction to yesterday’s unlawful action of the court which did not permit the Ukrainian woman to deliver her final speech at the trial.
From 29 February to 2 March, a high-level EU-Ukraine conference took place in the European Parliament, seeing a sizeable Ukrainian delegation of around 70 people attending. Over 40 members of the Verkhovna Rada, as well as secretariat staff arrived to Brussels for the Ukraine Week.
On Thursday, 25 February 2016, the Open Dialog Foundation and the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty organised a working lunch dedicated to the topic of persecution of independent media and political opposition in Central Asia.
Stanislav Klykh (aged 41, a citizen of Ukraine) is one of the defendants in the so-called ‘Chechen case’ – a fabricated criminal case against senior Ukrainian officials for crimes committed on the territory of the Russian Federation during the First Chechen War in the mid-1990s.
Syrym Shalabayev, a relative of the Kazakh opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov, is accused in the criminal case concerning the ‘embezzlement of funds of BTA Bank’. Human rights organisations have underlined the political context of the case.
On Tuesday, 26 January 2016, the Open Dialog Foundation and the Estonian Member of the European Parliament Mrs Marju Lauristin (Socialists and Democrats) organised a high-level working breakfast at the European Parliament in Brussels dedicated to the topic of media freedom in Kazakhstan.
On Tuesday, 26 January 2016, the Open Dialog Foundation and the Estonian Member of the European Parliament Mrs Marju Lauristin (Socialists and Democrats) organised a high-level working breakfast at the European Parliament in Brussels dedicated to the topic of media freedom in Kazakhstan.
On Monday, 25 January 2016, during the year-opening session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg, representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian civil society gathered at an event organized by the Open Dialogue Foundation and the Kyiv Dialogue.
On behalf of the Open Dialog Foundation, non-governmental human rights organisation, we would like to congratulate you on your election as the new UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
On Wednesday, 20 January, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., the Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre will hold a presentation of recommendations and the joint report entitled ‘28 hostages of the Kremlin’, produced by the initiative ‘Euromaidan SOS’, the Centre for Civil Liberties and the Open Dialog Foundation.
On 15 December, 2014, the Minister of Internal Affairs granted to our Foundation, a license for trading in bulletproof vests and helmets. The granting of the license was preceded by the obtainment of a number of positive expert opinions issued, among others, by the Polish special services, which exp
6 years ago, Sergei Magnitsky was dying tortured and beaten to death in a Russian prison. He had been arrested after having uncovered a large-scale corruption scandal, involving high-level Russian officials.
A video interview between a Kazakh blogger and activist, Galym Ageleuov, and Vladimir Kozlov has recently been published online. At the beginning of August, the leader of Kazakh opposition celebrated his 55th birthday. Fourth in a row spent behind bars.
The Open Dialog Foundation, along with Kiev Dialogue, EuroMaidan SOS and People in Need
have an honour and a pleasure to invite you to a panel debate: “13 hostages of Putin: How can we release them?”
The Open Dialog Foundation has an honour and a pleasure to invite you to
the OSCE/ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2015 side event: “Reform of Interpol in relation to politically motivated persecutions: work in progress”.
PEN International and the Open Dialog Foundation deplore the current situation of Vladimir Kozlov, a Kazakh journalist, human rights defender and a leader of Alga!, a political opposition party, who is currently serving a seven-and-half-year prison sentence for ‘inciting social discord’.
On 10 August, 2015, the Kazakh opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov celebrated his 55th birthday behind bars. Having been placed in strict conditions of detention, he is subjected to ill-treatment and faces the risk of being transferred to a different, more severe penal colony.
In his latest piece for L’Opinione, Italian on-line magazine on civil freedoms and rights, Domenico Letizia calls Kazakhstan the state of “injustice” and analyses the problem of the continuous use of various repressive methods.
On June 30 and 1 July 2015 we were especially honoured to have an opportunity to participate in the conference on the future of Polish-Ukrainian relations at University of Cambridge (represented by Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek).
The Open Dialog Foundation has addressed the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU Member States with letters asking for more transparency on the issue of the application of sanctions, in particular the restrictive measures, against Russia for its active involvement in the crisis in Ukraine.
In the end of June 2015, the Open Dialog Foundation published a report ’Harassment of civil society in Kazakhstan’. The Foundation’s analyst, Katerina Savchenko, provided answers to some clarifying questions in an interview with a journalist of the Radio Azattyq, Kazis Toguzbayev.
Between 6-9 July, 2015, the Open Dialog Foundation’s delegation participated in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s Annual Session in Helsinki, Finland.
Early in the morning on 23 June 2015, police forces armed with water cannons pacified and dispersed about 500 protesters that gathered for a peaceful demonstration in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan.
On 19 June, 2015, the Pechersky District Court of Kiev satisfied the complaint filed by the Open Dialog Foundation and handed down a decision to initiate criminal proceedings with respect to the Kiev investigator Sergey Khodakovskiy.
Due to its strategic location and tremendous potential in terms of natural resources, such as oil, natural gas and uranium, Kazakhstan – despite its exacerbating issues surrounding respect for human rights – remains an important partner for European countries.
Open Dialog Foundation presentation for the PACE Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee meeting in Yerevan, 19 May 2015 – hearing on politically motivated misuse of INTERPOL.
Do you like helping others? Would you like to make use of your free time by doing something unusual? Do you want to meet new people who – like you – derive more happiness from giving than receiving? Join the team of volunteers of the Open Dialog Foundation and help in rendering assistance to Ukraine
Every day at 5:30 p.m., the Ukrainian World’s hall will resound with etudes, nocturnes and other works by Chopin performed by Polish and foreign musicians. The event is organised by the Smolna Association in cooperation with the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF).
Representatives of the Open Dialog Foundation recorded video material with greetings for the Kazakh opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov, who is now imprisoned in France due to requests for his extradition, filed by Ukraine and Russia.
‘Stories without ending’, our exhibition which features the violence and rampant impunity in the North Caucasus have continued in ‘Ukrainian World since 26 May.
For over a month – from 21 May to 30 June, the exhibition ‘I’ll go back, my brothers are there’, dedicated to the wounded soldiers fighting in the east of Ukraine, will be open to visitors at ‘Ukrainian World’. The opening of the exhibition was held on 21 May 2015 at 6.00 PM.
The Russian biker gang will not be let into Poland. This is the decision made by the Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna following the appeal by the Open Dialog Foundation and the protest by Polish activists against the ride of the Night Wolves across Central and Eastern Europe.
The Verkhovna Rada has adopted the bill ‘On the implementation of personal sanctions against individuals responsible for the illegal detention of Nadiya Savchenko’.
This information was aired in the Verkhovna Rada today by the MP from the All-Ukrainian Union ‘Svoboda’ [‘Freedom’], Oleg Sukhovskiy and representative of the Open Dialog Foundation, Petr Okhotin.
The Open Dialog Foundation and activists from different social organisations have visited the Polish Embassy in Ukraine today in order to light candles and lay flowers in solidarity with the Polish people who suffered from the tragedy five years ago.
Vira Savchenko, the sister of the Ukrainian Lieutenant Nadyia Savchenko, visited Paris, Brussels and Strasburg, where she met, amongst others, journalists, parliamentarians and representatives of international human rights organisations.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, between 1:30-4:30 PM, the Ukrainian World centre (Warsaw, 63 Nowy Swiat Street) will host pro bono legal and civil consultations for refugees. Legal consultations will be provided by Ms. Alla Maievska.
The Open Dialog Foundation requested that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Grzegorz Schetyna, refuses permission for the ride of the so-called ‘Night Wolves’ across Poland.
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada registered a draft law imposing sanctions on the people responsible for the groundless detention in a Moscow detention centre of Nadya Savchenko – deputy to the Ukrainian Parliament and Ukraine’s delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The First Ladies of Poland and Ukraine – Anna Komorowska and Maryna Poroshenko – met, in Kiev, with participants from the Revolution of Dignity and families of the Nebesnaya Sotnya and of other activists who perished during the Maidan protests.
Below, we list political opponents, their families and colleagues, persecuted by the Kazakh authorities and president Nursultan Nazarbayev through the misuse of the INTERPOL system in the European Union in the years 2012-2015.
The GPU ignored the first complaint against Yarema and ‘forgot’ about its existence
On 26th March, the Ukrainian World centre hosted a concert by Svitlana Grigorjeva entitled Music of the Heart.
The “Savchenko list”, created by the Open Dialog Foundation, has been considered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Ukraine needs a systemic solution to enable it to settle accounts with the past – including with the rule of former President, Yanukovych. After the revolution, the time has come for reforms.
Despite being in receipt of permission from the Prefecture, the President of the Open Dialog Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, and the Kazakh oppositionist, Muratbek Ketebayev, were denied the right to submit a letter addressed to the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, at Hôtel Matignon.
Participants of the press briefing presented a detailed report regarding the inactivity of the General Prosecutor’s Office and cited grounds for bringing the former General Prosecutor to liability. The briefing was held in the Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre (UCMC) on 19 March, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.
On 16 March, 2015, the Ombudsman’s Office in Ukraine informed the Open Dialog Foundation that in 2014, the Ombudsman and representatives of society conducted monitoring visits to Ukrainian detention centres and penal colonies.
“The Ukrainian World” in Warsaw held a meeting with a Ukrainian delegation of individuals responsible for lustration. The delegation included both representatives of the government and civil society.
On 6 March, 2015, American students from the Centre for European Studies of Jagiellonian University visited Ukrainian World.
On 17.02.2015, upon an invitation from the Bar Council in Zaragoza (Spain), Muratbek Ketebayev, Alexandr Pavlov, and Jędrzej Czerep of the Open Dialog Foundation attended the conference on the “Situation of Human Rights in Kazakhstan: Right of Asylum”.
The Maidan Library is a social initiative of the Dignity Revolution participants who established it in the Ukrainian House in January 2014. It soon became a major landmark on the Maidan map, a centre of debates and exchanges of ideas.
The All-Ukrainian Union ‘Batkivshchyna’ [‘Fatherland’] supported the ‘Savchenko List’, created by our experts.This information was aired during a rally outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev by Member of the Verkhovna Rada from the ‘Fatherland’ Ivan Krulko.
On 18-20 February 2015, the Open Dialog Foundation’s delegation participated in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s (OSCE PA) Winter Meeting in Vienna. One of the three annual meetings focused on the rights of migrants and refugess.
‘The strength of a human is not in his physical power but in morality. Life is a hard game, but it is easier to live with a smile on your face,’ Ukrainians living in Poland write in their letters addressed to Ukrainian soldiers undergoing medical treatment in an Odessa hospital.
On Friday 27 February, 2015, in the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, the Open Dialog Foundation presented its newest report “The Interpol system is in need of reform. Political refugees become victims of misuse of the Interpol system by authoritarian states”.
When granting asylum to the associate of the Kazakh political opposition, the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Spain revealed the ill faith and errors his case had suffered from at the hands of courts and administrative bodies.
A year after the outbreak of protests in Kiev, the Open Dialog Foundation along with Euromaidan Warsaw summed up its aid activities, organised for Ukraine over the last year (November 2013 – November 2014).
On 21 February, thanks to the Municipal Board of the Association of Ukrainians in Poland, a collection was carried out at the ‘Masnytsya’ carnival party in Olsztyn. Our volunteer collected 820 PLN and 30 gr in a specially marked can
The ‘Ukrainian World’ centre held a meeting with the famous Ukrainian journalist and publicist, Vitaliy Portnikov, during which he spoke about the inevitable defeat of Russia and the consolidation of the Ukrainian people.
The President of the Open Dialog Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, posted on her Facebook page new information about the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine from the times of Yanukovych, Victor Pshonka
On February 13, 2015, human rights activists from the Open Dialog Foundation presented the “Savchenko list”. They appealed to impose personal sanctions on everybody involved in the case of the Ukrainian pilot.
How to effectively cooperate, manage time and the process of communication, and how to resolve conflicts in the ethical sphere and in the conditions of conflicting pressures from interest groups
Polish MP Małgorzata Gosiewska and Roman Chraniuk, a member of the Polish band “Taraka” have recently returned from the ATO zone. They delivered humanitarian supplies, collected by the Open Dialog Foundation, to Stanytsia Luhanska and to the checkpoint no. 29; Chraniuk also donated his own car.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of EU states appealed to Russian authorities to release the Ukrainian lieutenant N. Savchenko, who has been on hunger strike for nearly two months. Her life is in serious danger.
A group of intellectuals of Tatar nationality, including former Member of the State Duma, distinguished artists and scientists, vouched for activist Rafis Kashapov, currently on hunger strike.
The efforts of the Open Dialog Foundation which, in its activities, opposes the use of Interpol by authoritarian countries, standing up in the defence of political refugees and pleading for a reform of Interpol, have not gone unnoticed by Do Rzeczy.
In an open letter to President Putin, Mark Feygin, the Russian lawyer of the abducted and imprisoned Ukrainian lieutenant, appealed for justice while making a reference to the legal educational background of Russia’s president.
The Open Dialog delegation was present at the first session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in 2015, to draw the attention of the delegates to the numerous violations of the international law by the Russian Federation within the context of the crisis in Ukraine.
Convincing European officials of the necessity to deprive Russia of voting rights was incredibly difficult. But it was possible.
Bolat Atabayev, the Kazakhstani theatre director and opposition activist, has provided evidence of the corrupt cooperation between the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) and the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan (GP RK).
Once again, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has deprived Russia from the right to vote. Due to Lyudmyla Kozlovska, the President of the Open Dialog Foundation, this organizaion should take more resolute measures and exclude this country absolutely.
The Tatar activist, arrested in Kazan, who openly sympathises with Ukraine, has been on hunger strike for almost two weeks now. Meanwhile, the oppression of people who have stood in his defence, is ongoing, and the local television stations materials defaming the activist.
Rafis Kashapov, one of the most important Tatar activists from the Republic of Tatarstan, is continuing his hunger strike in a Kazan prison. He was placed there after returning from Turkey, where he had organised support for Ukraine and the Crimean Tatars.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights, the French League of Human Rights and other human rights organisations have repeatedly underlined the political nature of the case of Mukhtar Ablyazov
“The influence of Structure. I am the world, a huge construction made of small pieces”– is the title of Boris Gavryliuk’s exhibition from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, whose vernissage was held at Ukrainian World.
A court in Madrid has ordered the release of the Kazakh dissident, Muratbek Ketebayev from custody. Thus, the judges found the arguments of the Spanish Embassy in Poland, which had confirmed the day before that he enjoys refugee status in Poland and called for his release. Ketebayev regained his fre
At “Ukrainian World” a debate with the participation of European Studies undergraduates and Polish parliamentarians took place. The debate was co-organised by the Open Dialog Foundation.
In the current week, Members of the European Parliament from two political groups have intervened in the case of Mr Muratbek Ketebayev, Kazakh political and social activist, who was arrested on December 27, 2014, in Madrid.
At the plenary session in Strasbourg on Monday (12.01), the MEP Róża Thun spoke in defence of the Kazakh activist and oppositionist Muratbek Ketebayev, detained on 27th December 2014 in Madrid. In her intervention, Thun appealed to Spanish MEPs whilst relying on the non-refoulement principle protect
The Presidential Administration is promoting a bill on judicial system reform, which would extend the authority of President significantly. MPs have not had time to study the bill – it is scheduled for consideration for tomorrow.
On December 22, 2014, near the building of Presidential Administration, activists of the Open Dialog Foundation and members of the Kazakhstani opposition staged a political performance entitled ‘Poroshenko’s vaccination against the dictatorship virus’.
The Press Office of the President of the United States of America has announced that Barack Obama has signed a law which will impose further sanctions on Russian state companies and provide military aid to Ukraine.
From Kozlov’s evaluation, written by the head of the colony, in which the dissident is serving his time, it follows that he poses a threat to other inmates. The evaluation, which does not correspond to the truth, was used as an argument for the refusal to change the conditions of his imprisonment.
In Kiev, a photo exhibition was opened to mark the anniversary of the shootings at the peaceful protest in the city of Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan. The exhibition will be open from 12 December, 2014 to 21 December, 2014.
Zinaida Mukhortova’s counsel, Amangeldy Shormanbayev informed the Foundation about the release of the activist from the mental hospital. According to the personnel of the facility, Mukhortova does not require further treatment.
In connection with the presentation of the report summarising the legislative work on the Ukrainian lustration law, the project coordinator from the Foundation presented the latest expert recommendations regarding the changes in the law, which would bring the law more into line with the standards o
Today at 2:00 p.m., the Open Dialog Foundation presented the report A summary on the development of the law on lustration No. 4359 ‘On lustration of the state authorities’ in the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre.
On 5 December, at a press conference summarising Francois Hollande’s visit to Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev answered questions from French journalists regarding the observance of human rights in the country.
Agnieszka Piasecka, who on a daily basis monitors the implementation of the lustration reform, including the verification of the justice system, participated in a seminar entitled ‘Lustration of Judiciary: Ukrainian and International Practices’. EU experts, including Professor Lorena Bachmaier Winter, an expert from the Council of Europe and a professor of law from the University […]
In a joint statement signed by the representatives of the Open Dialog Foundation, the Centre for Civic Liberties and Centre for Human Rights Information, the activists called on the President of France to cease his assistance in the campaign against democracy being conducted by Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Italian Senator, Manuela Serra, addressed the Ukrainian authorities in an official letter with regard to the Kazakh dissident, Mukhtar Ablyazov, who is facing extradition from France to Russia or Ukraine.
The key event in the Warsaw celebration of the anniversary of protests at Maidan was a press conference #MyZWami, during which we summed up the efforts made to support Ukraine, organised through the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) and Euromajdan Warsaw over the last year.
As part of the celebration marking the first anniversary of the beginning of EuroMaidan – the pro-European voice of the people, which has gone down in the history of Ukraine as the Revolution of Dignity
Dear Mr. President! On 5-6 December, 2014, you will visit the Republic of Kazakhstan, where you will hold meetings with Nursultan Nazarbayev.We understand that the national interests of the French Republic and the political interests of the European Union compel you to communicate with government
On Tuesday 2 December, 2014 in Paris, was held a press conference on human rights violations and political repression in Kazakhstan. The event organized by the Open Dialog Foundation and Reporters Without Borders was held in reference to the starting 3-day visit of French President François Hollande
The Open Dialog Foundation joins the call of the Ukrainian community in the United States, directed at the US Congress to adopt the so-called Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (S.2828), which provides for greater support and military assistance to Ukraine, in their struggle to regain control over
Human rights activists and representatives of the Russian intelligentsia, are anxiously watching the world revert to the era of confrontation between the individual and the dictatorship.
Within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review, the United Nations states pointed to Kazakhstan’s failure to fulfill previous recommendations, as well as the deterioration of the situation with regards to freedom of speech, assembly and religion.
One of the leaders of the Zhanaozen strike movement, Roza Tuletayeva, will be granted early release, her daughter, Aliya Tuletayeva, told the Open Dialog Foundation. This decision was made in a cassation court session today. Tuletayeva currently remains in the colony.
Nazarbayev’s recent speech and the Polish business mission to Kazakhstan were discussed at the conference on Monday “Nurly Zol – Path to the Future” by Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Poland, Jerik Utembayev. Representatives of the Open Dialog Foundation were also present at the Polish Press Agency, PAP.
The concert “Shake hands with Ukraine”, to be held on 9th December in Warsaw’s Stodoła club is a concert of solidarity and support for Ukraine’s fight for independence and integrity.
Gunnar Wiegand, European External Action Service (EEAS replied to questions from the Open Dialog Foundation concerning the Ukrainian female pilot N. Savchenko and the officer of Estonian services E. Kohver abducted by Russians.
Ekaterina Kuramshina – the wife of the well-known Kazakh advocate and defender of human rights Vadim Kuramshin – has published a statement addressed, amongst others, to the Open Dialog Foundation.
On Monday, 10 November 2014, the group of 23 Members of the European Parliament wrote the letter on the case of the so called European “Magnitsky list”. The list contains names of 32 Russian officials that should be subjected to the EU sanctions due to the involvement in the death of S. Magnitsky
Oleg Sentsov, Oleksiy Chirniy, Gennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksandr Kolchenko were listed as Ukrainian citizens in the reply from the office of the Russian Federation’s Prosecutor sent to the Ukrainian deputy O. Bryhynets.
The 2nd edition of the Eastern Partnership Days took place in Brussels from November 3 to 5, 2014. Upon the initiative of the East Poland House, and with the support of other organisations and institutions, amongst which the Open Dialog Foundation, a three-day event was organised in Brussels to join
On Monday, 3 November 2014, the Polish MEP Michał Boni, a member of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and the EURONEST Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Assembly, has written to the EU Delegation in Moscow on the case of Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot illegal
On 31st October, we protested against the supply by France of Mistral assault ships to Russia. The manifestation was held at the Polish Ministry of Defence (MON) on Klonowa Street in Warsaw.
On Tuesday, 28th October 2014, the decision of the Municipal Court in Sofia to deny the extradition to Russia of the French democracy activist Nikolay Koblyakov became final.
On Thursday, 30 October 2014, the Polish MEP Kosma Złotowski, a member of the EURONEST Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Assembly, has written to French, Ukrainian and Polish governmental representatives on the case of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh oppositionist and the main political opponent of the P
On Sunday, 26 October, we were collecting money outside the Ukrainian Embassy to support Ukrainian soldiers in ATO zone. Our volunteers collected nearly 5 000 PLN.
A press conference was held at the Warsaw office of the European Parliament to summarise the early elections in Ukraine.
On Sunday, 26th October, early parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine. The Ukrainians residing in Warsaw could vote at the Ukrainian Embassy.
After a court in Lyon gave a green light to France’s extradition of Kazakh political opponent Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia or Ukraine this evening, on the basis of a one-day hearing for each case, at which the judges refused to hear a single defense witness, Ablyazov’s defense vowed that their client
The Civic Lustration Council with the Ministry of Justice has been appointed in Ukraine. At a press conference in Kiev its members were introduced, among them was the President of the Open Dialog Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska.
To the surprise of most of the observers, Bulgarian justice made a U-Turn in favour of human rights and international justice and against pressure from Russia. Today court in Sofia dealt with Russian extradition request against the French/Russian activist Nikolay Koblyakov.
The Support for SMEs in Accessing EU Markets project is aimed at helping to redirect Ukrainian business from Russian distribution markets to the European ones – as well as giving recommendations as to how small and medium-sized enterprises take advantage of the Ukraine–EU Association Agreement.
On 14th – 16th November, together with the Open Dialog Foundation and the Polish-Ukrainian Business Chamber, the Bemowo Culture Centre is organising a project entitled “Euro local government 2014 Poland-Ukraine”
Nikolay Koblyakov, a Russian and French citizen is being detained in Bulgaria and faces extradition to Russia. We believe main reason for his persecution is his engagement in numerous activities supporting democratic developments in Russia.
13.10.2014 the 6th observation mission concerning Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot jailed in the Russian Federation, has been held. The mission members Anastasiia Chornohorska (Open Dialog Foundation) and Liliia Naumchuck (OZON Civic Monitoring) visited Russia to attend the court hearing. Natal
After over 6 months of legal proceedings – spanning two attorneys’ offices, the Central Bureau of Investigation and Customs Authority, many hours of hearings, searches, and time spent by lawyers poring over stacks of records
On October 7th, Le Monde published the findings of a journalistic investigation conducted by Gerard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme in its article entitled ‘Sale of helicopters to Kazakhstan: investigation reaching Sarkozy’s circles’. This has the hallmarks of a massive scandal, one likely to encompass Sar
The Ukrainian lieutenant N. Savchenko was relocated to the Serbsky psychiatric centre in Moscow. Yesterday, on October 13th, a court hearing was supposed to be held in her case, it has now, however, been postponed until November 11th.
The aid centre for Ukraine and a branch of the Maidan’s Museum ‘Ukrainian World’ were visited on 5th October by Mustafa Dzhemilev, long-term Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.
The Russian Human Rights Centre Memorial has cited N. Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot illegally transported to Russia and accused of the murder of two journalists, as a prisoner of conscience.
On 9th October 2014, the Open Dialog Foundation organised the conference in Madrid: “Misuse of the Interpol. A Time for Reform?”. The event was held in collaboration with the Spanish Bar Foundation (Fundación Abogacía Española) associated with the Spanish Bar Council, which hosted the seminar.
On 9 October 2014 in Brussels, the Open Dialog Foundation organized a protest against human and civil rights violations in Kazakhstan. On that day the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Brussels upon the conclusion of the negotiations of the new enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreem
The ambulance which formed part of an ODF international aid convoy to the east of Ukraine, has reached Drohobych. On location, it was handed over to the soldiers of a battalion of the Kulczycki National Guard. The ambulance is to be used in the ATO zone.
On Tuesday, 7th October 2014, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin celebrated his 62nd birthday. On the special occasion, together with EuroMaidan Warsaw, we organised a “birthday party” in front of the Russian embassy in Warsaw.
On Wednesday 8 October, the Ukraiński Świat assistance centre saw the departure of a lorry with aid for refugees and soldiers fighting in eastern Ukraine, purchased thanks to funds raised through the broneshylety.com action.
On Monday, 6th October, the office of the Open Dialog Foundation hosted a meeting with the Belarussian journalist Tatiana Novikova.
On 4th October, upon an invitation from human rights organisations such as ACAT France, Amnesty International France, FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights the Russie-Libertés association and Collectif Euromaidan France, representatives of the Open Dialog Foundation took part in a Paris f
Fundación Abogacía Española (FAE) and the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) are pleased to invite for the conference “Misuse of the Interpol – a time for reform?”.
The Open Dialog Foundation sent letters to the European External Actions Service (EEAS) on the Nadiya Savchenko and Eston Kohver cases.
Askar Aidarkhan – son of the incarcerated poet and civil activist, Aron Atabek, and Ekaterina Kuramshina – the wife of Vadim Kuramshin, human rights activist sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment, met in Warsaw with Polish MPs in late September and early October.
A side-event on the politically motivated misuse of INTERPOL took place in Strasbourg, yesterday, during the part-session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
We invite you to participate in the ‘We support’ action, a joint initiative of the Open Dialog Foundation, Norma Wear and the band Kozak System.
Alma Shalabayeva, the wife of the Kazakh dissident, Mukhtar Ablyazov, met with PACE President, Anne Brasseur, and Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialog Foundation in Strasbourg.
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, replied to the letter sent by the ODF concerning the case of Oleg Sentsov and other Crimean activists abducted and taken to Moscow by FSB officers and charged with terrorist activities.
Annually, the Carpathian resort of Yaremche on the Prut hosts Polish-Ukrainian meetings organised by the Vasyl Stefanyk Subcarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk (former Stanislaviv) and Kurier Galicyjski with support from the Freedom and Democracy Foundation and the Polish Ministry of Fo
Following the refusal to transfer Vladimir Kozlov to a penal colony with less stringent conditions, pressure exerted on him by the administration of the colony has increased.
Rebecca Harms, German MEP and co-chair of the Greens and the Free European Alliance faction, was not allowed into Russia despite holding a diplomatic passport. She was travelling to Moscow upon a request from the Open Dialog Foundation and the family of Nadiya Savchenko, to act as an observer during
Starting on Monday, 22nd September, and for the next 2 weeks, government representatives and defenders of human rights will review the fulfilment of the obligations of OSCE member states as regards human rights.
Ukranian pilot, Nadiya Savchenko has been transferred from the detention facility in Voronezh, Russia to the Moscow detention centre for women ‘SIZO-6 Pechatniki’. A hearing in which the court will consider the appeal of the defence, who did not agree to the forced psychiatric examination of their
French Senator Jean-Yves Leconte about Ukrainian activists detained in Russia.
Oleksandr Goncharuk, 46, from the village of Lyadova (near Mohylov Podolsky) paid the price of his health for joining the January protests in the Maidan. The man suffered from severe frostbite – one of his legs and the toes of the other had to be amputated.
Zinaida Mukhortova has been involved in the defence of human rights in Kazakhstan for years. For her activities, the authorities have sent her, for the fourth time, for compulsory psychiatric treatment, even though, in the opinion of independent experts, she is fine.
By persecuting political opponents, the Kazakh authorities openly flout public assurances, given to the international community. Kazakhstan declares that the right to a fair trial will be observed with respect to opposition politicians, journalists and activists.
On Tuesday, 16th September, at the border crossing in Medyka, the Open Dialog Foundation transferred protective helmets to Ukraine.
On 14th September, another international mission was launched concerning the Ukrainian female pilot N. Savchenko who was abducted by the Russian Federation’s special services.
A delegation from Kazakhstan’s Prosecutor General’s Office paid a visit to Kiev where, on 9th September, they met the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine, V. Kasko.
The Open Dialog Foundation provides defence for Nadiya Savchenko, the pilot kidnapped by the RF, by funding the works of a team of counsels as well as by providing objective coverage of the proceedings globally through the organisation of international observation missions.
In recent years, the Open Dialog Foundation has been following closely a number of cases involving Kazakh citizens, persecuted across Europe, by the regime authorities, through Interpol Red Notice alerts and/or international arrest warrants.
On Friday, 12 September, 2014, the EU new sanctions against Russia have entered into force.
The Open Dialog Foundation contacted the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ashat Daulbaev concerning the case of Andrey Derkunskiy.
On 11 September, 2014, a round table ‘Lustration: International experiences and prospects in Ukraine’, organised jointly by the Kiev office of the Open Dialog Foundation and USAID FAIR Justice Project, was held at the President Hotel, Kiev.
Since Wednesday, 10 September, 2014, ambassadors of the EU member states have carried out talks in Brussels order to decide on the date of entry into force of new sanctions against Russia.
On September 3, the Élysée Palace issued a statement in which it suspended the delivery of the first of two Mistral assault ships ordered by Russia, explaining this decision with the situation in Ukraine.
On the occasion of the visit paid by Senator John McCain to Kiev, we managed to exchange a few words with him and welcome him on behalf of the Open Dialog Foundation in Ukraine.
On the 11th September at the Hotel President in Kyiv there will be the Roundtable Lustration: International Experience and Perspectives in Ukraine.
The meeting was devoted to the discussion of kidnappings in Ukraine with the assistance or omission of Ukrainian secret services.
For several months now, we have been supporting Ukrainian soldiers fighting in the east of the country against pro-Russian terrorists and the regular Russian army: we have been raising funds and buying bullet-proof vests, helmets and other lifesaving and health-protecting equipment.
On 30th August, the Act of 26 June 2014 on Amending the Act on Granting Foreigners Protection on the Territory of the Republic of Poland and Certain Other Acts came into force.
We were informed on Tuesday, 2nd September, that by decision of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Zamość, another procedure was discontinued concerning the transport of bullet-proof vests to Ukraine by a volunteer of the Open Dialog Foundation.
Analysts of the Open Dialog Foundation – Igor Savchenko, Andrii Osavoliuk, Katerina Savchenko – and Anna Koj, the Head of the Foundation’s office in Brussels, took part in the session of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention which was held in Geneva on September 1-2.
Following publications are a result of an ongoing project of the Open Dialog Foundation focused on support of lustration initiatives in Ukraine.
Since late March the Open Dialog Foundation is actively supporting lustration initiatives in Ukraine.
On 1st April the Open Dialog Foundation organized an international conference “Lustration: solutions for Ukraine” that was held at the Hotel Kozatzky in Kyiv.
The court in Voronez has decided to extend the detention of the pilot N. Savchenko until 30 October and ordered, at the same time, that the Ukrainian lieutenant is to undergo so-called stationary expert psychiatric examination in the Serbsky Institute in Moscow.
At 1 p.m., on the 7th September, a global protest is to be held against the sale of Mistral ships to Russia by France.
Since the beginning of the week, Vira Savchenko – the sister of the lieutenant of the Ukrainian Army, Nadiya Savchenko, who is currently being detained in a Russian prison, has been staying in Warsaw.
On the 15th July 2014, together with a group of initiating deputies, Yehor Sobolev’s Lustration Committee filed with the Verhovna Rada of Ukraine an amended draft of the act on lustration review.
As part of our campaign aimed at supporting Ukrainian soldiers and members of the National Guard, broneshylety.com, we have dispatched another shipment of clothing.
During the 26th Lublin Pilgrimage, organised by Father Mirosław Ładniak, donations were collected for Ukraine’s defenders fighting in the east.
On 13.08.2014, the advocates Dmitry Dinze, Svetlana Sidorkina and Vladimir Samokhin circulated an appeal to the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, proposing to ‘‘take a decision on a mutual exchange of Ukrainians and Russians arrested on the territories of both countries’’.
The famous Kazakh dissident and poet, Aron Atabek was transferred to a detention facility in Pavlodar, where he was held under intolerable conditions. For his attempts to defend his rights, he was placed in solitary confinement as a “deliberate violator”.
Ukrainian minister of internal affairs, Arsen Avakov, in his letter to his Polish counterpart, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, has appealed for an objective examination of the case of confiscation of 42, 4th grade bulletproof vests sent to Ukraine by the Open Dialog Foundation as humanitarian aid.
According to the Open Dialog Foundation, an internet campaign has been launched against Mukhtar Ablyazov, the Kazakh dissident who is the chief opponent of Kazakhstan’s President, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The French information portal Mediapart published an article on the embargo against agricultural products introduced by the Russian Federation with respect to countries sanctioning the former.
The District Court in Tomaszów Lubelski dismissed the complaint filed by the Open Dialog Foundation on the interception of a delivery of bullet-proof vests to Ukraine. There is no right to appeal against this judgment.
On August 11th, an international mission was launched by the Open Dialog Foundation in cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Italian daily Corriere della Sera has commented on the counter-sanctions imposed by Russia on the EU, USA, Canada, Norway and Australia.
More and more signals are reaching our Foundation from Ukrainian nationals who are being denied refugee status or consent for tolerated stay in Poland.
A journalist of the Ukrainian TV channel «1+1» Yevgeniy Agarkov, involved in covering the court case of a Ukrainian servicewoman, Nadiya Savchenko, was detained in Russia having been charged with carrying out illegal journalistic activities.
According to the french press, members of the party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed this week that the European Union or NATO could buy two Mistral warships which are designed for Russia.
Through public collections, we help to equip Ukrainian militaries and the National Guards with basic life and health means – bullet-proof vests, helmets and Celox hemostatic dressings.
Human rights activist and lawyer from Balkhash (Karagandy Province), Zinaida Mukhortova, who was forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital is no longer administered suspicious injections – reports her sister, Natalya Abent.
On Tuesday, July 29, the Spanish court sanctioned the release of Kazakh oppositionist, Alexandr Pavlov subject to bail conditions.
The Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Zamość has discontinued the investigation involving the Ukrainian national Oleg I. against whom, on Monday only, allegations were made concerning his attempt to export 551 helmets.
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.
Espreso TV correspondent, Bianka Zalewska, was injured on Sunday afternoon after the vehicle she was in, returning from the front, was shot at and consequently overturned. The car was moving in the combat zone, where pro-Russian separatists clashed with Ukrainian forces.
The Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Zamość presented charges to a Ukrainian citizen who was carrying vests and helmets across the border in Zosin.
On 24 July 2014 the Kazakhstani human right advocate Zinaida Mukhortova was transferred to an ICU. The woman was administered an injection of an unknown substance, after which her condition rapidly deteriorated.
In June the ODF Board gained a new member – Boguslaw Stanislawski, a long-time activist, engaged in defending human rights.
After the MH17 plane crash, France faced severe criticism from the West.
During the 32nd Lemko festival “Лемківскaватрa” in Zdynia, together withEuromaidan Warsaw, we organised a collection to support Ukrainian soldiers and the National Guard.
Human rights advocate Vadim Kuramshin, placed in the prison psychiatric hospital, has been diagnosed as mentally healthy. After the diagnosis he should be transferred back to the prison in North Kazakhstan region, where he is serving a sentence.
Ukrainian MP, Aleksandr Briginets has been arrested at the airport in Minsk. Now he remains in custody in the airport’s transit zone.
Yesterday (16 July, 2014) the consul of Ukraine in the Russian Federation received permission to visit Lieutenant Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian army pilot arrested by pro-Russian terrorists in Ukraine and taken to Russia.
Polish and Ukrainian MPs and human rights activists were not allowed to enter the Voronezh prison, where the Ukrainian army officer, Nadiya Savchenko, is being held.
On 15 July 2014, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Parliament held an informal exchange of information on the situation in Ukraine with representatives of the civil society and activists.
The Open Dialog Foundation. in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, has organised the first international observation mission to Lieutenant Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian army pilot arrested by pro-Russian terrorists in Ukraine and abducted to Russia, and charged with the murder
On 15 July 2014, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Parliament will hold a hearing on the situation in Ukraine. The Open Dialog Foundation was invited to participate in the meeting, along with two other guests to provide the expertise and for an informal exchange of views with the Italian.
Terrorists in the east of Ukraine kidnapped and brutally assassinated a member of the Horlivka City Council, ‘Euromaidan’ activist, Volodymyr Rybak. In the city, occupied by terrorists, he maintained his active pro-Ukrainian position for which he was killed
Nadiya Savchenko, previously taken captive by representatives of terrorist groups in the east of Ukraine, was secretly transported to Russia where she has already been brought to trial on the basis of doubtful accusations.
Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian film director, screenwriter, producer and pro-Ukrainian activist and three of his colleagues were unlawfully kidnapped from the occupied territory of Crimea by the Russian FSB agents and transferred to Moscow on 23 May 2014.
In the lower chamber of the Irish Parliament, a hearing was held on 2 July concerning the Kazakh human rights activist, Vadim Kuramshin.
The International Criminal Police Organisation – INTERPOL – is an international body that aims at combating transnational crime through direct collaboration of its member states and their police departments.
Kazakh human rights activist, Vadim Kuramshin, ended his 7-day hunger strike on June 8. Kuramshin is serving a 12-year sentence in a maximum-security prison E 164/4 (Sopka Zhaman) in the Northern Kazakhstan region.
Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in the Crimea detained and arrested four citizens of Ukraine on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks in the occupied peninsula. In order to obtain confessions, they used torture against the detainees.
The Lustration Committee, headed by Yehor Sobolev, actively supported by the Open Dialog Foundation, has developed a draft law “On the purging of the government”, which might be the legal basis for the lustration process in Ukraine.
The Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan allows the application of the death penalty for two categories of crime: terror attacks entailing loss of life, and capital felonies committed during wartime.
We share with you the invitation and programme of a skill development seminar that is being organised in Berlin by the European Academy Berlin.
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia has organised an Eastern Partnership event in Tbilisi, entitled “Promoting collaboration on youth affairs”.
On Friday, 27th of June Ukraine and EU signed the Association Agreement, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.
On June 26, 2014, in the Centre of Polish and Ukrainian Studies of the National University ‘‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’’ a presentation of the project contest, entitled ‘‘Hackathon Bridge: from Poland to Ukraine’’, was given; its projects are aimed at cooperation between Ukraine and Poland.
According to PEN International, the Kazakh dissident and poet, Aron Atabek, who is currently serving a long sentence in Kazakhstan, has no access to medical care. Atabek has been suffering from pain in his back and legs since 2006, when he was injured as a result of police actions.
On June 24 at 11.00 the Vice Speaker of the Polish Seym, Cezary Grabarczyk, opened the “Faces of EuroMaidan” exhibition in the Seym building.
President Poroshenko faces 2 major challenges – how to bring peace for the east of Ukraine and how to solve economic problems of the whole country (starting with the eastern regions).
On June 18 Madrid was the scene for a seminar organised by Reporters Without Borders and the Open Dialog Foundation on repressions against journalists in Kazakhstan. Among the speakers were ODF experts, and Kazakh lawyers, journalists and political activists.
A movement in support of lustration is gaining momentum in Ukraine. A representative of the Open Dialog Foundation interviewed Yehor Sobolev, chairman of the lustration committee.
The help centre for Ukrainians hosted a performance by the ‘Ot Vinta’ band on the afternoon of Saturday, 14th June.
On the occasion of Russia’s Day, a reception was held at the embassy of the Russian Federation in Warsaw. The people who gathered there celebrated the proclamation of the declaration of Russia’s state independence of 12th June 1990.
The Open Dialog Foundation calls on the Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, to raise issues related to violations of fundamental rights while on a visit to Kazakhstan later this week.
The website for a competition aimed at Polish and Ukrainian youth and students was launched. Winners will receive a 10 000 EUR grant.
Invited by the Open Dialog Foundation and the Institute of National Remembrance, Yehor Sobolev, Head of Ukraine’s Lustration Committee, visited Poland. During his four-day stay (4-7 June) he met with Polish MPs, government officials, journalists and Ukrainians living in Poland.
On May 28, the Open Dialog Foundation organised a conference in Rome, Italy, entitled: “Ukraine at the crossroad: post-electoral analysis” [Ucraina al bivio: analisi post-elettorale]. The conference was generously hosted by the Consiglio Italiano del Movimento Europeo.
Whilst pregnant, 20-year-old Svetlana from Ukraine was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Kyiv doctors presented the mother with a dramatic dilemma – to save her own life by aborting her pregnancy.
Kazakhstani human rights advocate Vadim Kuramshin, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence in a penal colony in North Kazakhstan, has gone on hunger strike.
On Sunday, June 1, Ukrainian World (Ukraiński Świat) in Warsaw celebrated International Children’s Day. The event was organised by the Ukrainian Women’s Club (Клуб українських жінок) and supported by the Nasz Wybór Foundation and the Open Dialog Foundation.
A meeting was held in the assistance centre “Ukrainian World “ in Warsaw, between the singer Ruslana Lyzhychko and the Ukrainian community living in Poland. The meeting was organised by the Open Dialog Foundation together with Euromaidan Warsaw.
In Kiev, in the offices of Ukraine’s oldest news agency, Ukrinform, on Monday, June 2 a seminar organised by the Open Dialog Foundation was held
Thirteen Tatar families who were resettled from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea are now under the care of “CARITAS SDD UGKC“ in Drohobytsch, thanks to a project financed by the Open Dialogue Foundation.
Yevhen Nyshchuk, Ukraine’s Minister of Culture visited the refugee support centre, Ukrainian World, and Maidan Museum in Warsaw.
On 22-25 May 2014, the Open Dialog Foundation organised a short-term observation mission to Ukraine in order to monitor the electoral and vote-counting process in the parallel elections for Ukraine’s Presidential and local elections.
Inefficiency and non-transparency of Ukraine’s energy sector have a major impact on the budget and the economy. Ukraine has the highest rate of energy use per unit of GDP among all the neighboring countries.
We will not find any concrete answers or an action plan devised for the situation described by the MEP in the reply.
On 23 May, 2014, a 21-year old resident of Sloviansk, Nikolay Savchenko, was released from captivity. The man had been held in the basement of the building of the local Security Service of Ukraine on charges of participation in the EuroMaidan.
The Open Dialog Foundation, an organisation which defends human rights and supports democratic processes in post-Soviet countries, hereby expresses its utmost concern over the 2011 contract signed by France for the sale of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships (BPCs) to the Russian Navy.
22-year-old female Ukrainian press photographer, Milana Omelchuk has finally returned to Kiev after two weeks in terrorist captivity.
We’ve been actively helping in the development of civil society in Ukraine and the support of pro-European changes in Poland’s eastern neighbouring state for half a year now.
On 23 May, 2014, Kiev will host the 1st All-Ukrainian Congress of Forcibly Displaced Persons from the Crimea.
Ukraine signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute) on January 20, 2000. It was then that the ratification process began; however, it stalled in June 2001 when the provisions of the Rome Statute were found to be in contravention of state laws.
The EuroMaidan Warsaw and the Open Dialog Foundation co-organised pre-election debate that was held last Sunday (11th May 2014), with representatives of candidates for the Ukraine’s Presidency.
The Open Dialog Foundation is a non-governmental and apolitical organisation which precipitates that its activities do not serve any country in which it is present nor the interests of any particular party or politician.
In the center “Ukrainian World” on Sunday 11 May at 11:00 will be held a conference in which representatives of the candidates and candidates for President will take part.
Please be advised that the westfound.net website is not operated or in any way connected with the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF).
The Open Dialog Foundation has transferred 2,000 UAH for the treatment of the athlete and fighter of ‘Alpha’ Special Forces Unit, who was wounded in Slavyansk.
On May 8, 2014, a press conference was held within the premises of UNIAN in connection with the release of Ukrainian journalists, Sergey Lefter and Artyom Deynega.
Serhiy Lefter, an observer from the Open Dialog Foundation, who had been kidnapped in mid-April 2014, in Slavyansk, has been released.
At Nowy Świat No. 63 in Warsaw, the “Ukrainian World” centre has opened. The centre provides Ukrainians living in Poland with legal and psychological assistance.
At Nowy Świat No. 63 in Warsaw, the “Ukrainian World” centre has opened. The centre provides Ukrainians living in Poland with legal and psychological assistance.
Precisely one month prior to the presidential elections in Ukraine, on a beach in Wilanów, a charity concert “Wilanów – Majdan. A Common Cause” was held on 25th April, with Polish and Ukrainian bands performing on stage.
On 1st May 2014, a new Act on Foreigners dated 12 December 2013, came into force. The Act incorporates several new solutions intended to help foreigners studying and working in Poland and those applying for legal stay. The procedure for the award of refugee status is laid down a separate piece of legislation, i.e. the […]
A journalist, Serhiy Lefter, disappeared on 16 April 2014 in Slovyansk, Donetsk Oblast.Lefter was in Slovyansk since 14 April as Open Dialog Foundation correspondent, within our observation mission.
Russian special forces provoke a large-scale military conflict in Europe
For an international investigation commission in Ukraine.
An associate of the Kazakh opposition and independent media outlets issued an appeal to the European and global institutions, urging them to ensure a fair conclusion to his case. Pavlov fears he will be extradited from Spain, where the authorities are succumbing to pressure from Astana.
On 1 April, 2014 at Kyiv an international conference ‘Lustration: solutions for Ukraine’ was held by the Open Dialog Foundation.
For several years, the couple, Aidos and Natalia Sadykov was persecuted in their homeland due to their journalistic activities. They were forced to leave Kazakhstan, as Natalia faced imprisonment for libel.
On 1 April, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is to vote on the adoption of the Law ‘On the rights and freedoms of citizens in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine’.
Flags of the Russian Federation are hoisted in all military facilities in the Crimea. Ukrainian servicemen are leaving the territory of the peninsula. Negotiations are also being carried out regarding an unimpeded withdrawal of logistics (including weapons and ships).
We are deeply concerned over the deterioration of the international reputation of Ukraine connected to the extradition of refugees and prisoners of conscience to countries with a low level of democracy.
As a result of the storming of the Ukrainian military unit in Simferopol, a Ukrainian soldier was killed and two soldiers were wounded. According to eyewitnesses, Russian Special Forces were the first to shoot. Armed militants are trying to capture other Ukrainian military units.
Against the backdrop of the closure of independent media and the oppression of journalists, the ‘Amansaulyk’ foundation and a film production centre ‘Rakurs’, despite their small budgets, were among the few organisations which supported the work of human rights defenders and independent journalists
On the night of 16 March, 2014, journalist Tatiana Tkachenko was kidnapped in Sevastopol. She is a member of the observation mission organised by the Open Dialog Foundation in the Crimea.
The well-known Kazakhstan dissident and poet as well as political prisoner Aron Atabek has been behind bars for over six years now. For a number of years, he has been kept in a solitary confinement cell in oneof the most rigid regime prisons of the country.
Why Vladimir Konstantinov, the speaker of the Crimean Parliament, became such a fervent separatist?
On 11.03.2014, at the Crimean border, an aggravated robbery was committed against the film crew of the “ТК SKY TG 24” Italian television channel. Similar cases have become common on the Crimean peninsula in parallel with the start of the occupation by Russian armed forces.
Several Ukrainian activists and journalists have been kidnapped in the Crimea by so-called ‘vigilantes’ and representatives of the ‘Crimean Self-defence Forces’. Their whereabouts remain unknown.
The Russian Federation has blatantly violated the law and international agreements by committing an unprovoked aggression on the territory of Ukraine. The violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state must cause a strong response from the European Union and the Western world.
On 1 March, 2014, Russia officially announced the dispatch of troops to Ukraine. “The ‘reason’ for this was disingenuous information about ‘Russian citizens killed in the Crimea’. Russian security forces are carrying out a set of planned actions aimed at military provocations.
On 27 February, 2014, several-dozen armed men seized the building of the Supreme Council and the Cabinet of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, in Simferopol (Ukraine).
67-year-old pastor, Bakhtyzhan Kashkumbayev, who has health problems, was remanded in custody for nine months.
The Open Dialog Foundation has transferred $10,000 for the treatment of Maidan activist, Аndrey Zhupnik, whose hand was blown off by a grenade.
Tatiana Paraskevich, a former colleague of the opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov, is currently under international protection in the Czech Republic and cannot be rendered to Ukraine or the Russian Federation.
According to the information received by Open Dialog Foundation, the Spanish government secretly issued a decree, allowing the extradition of Aleksandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan, on 14 February 2014.
18.02.2014 clashes between the protesters and the police started again. Dozens of people have been killed, more than a thousand wounded. Hospitals are overcrowded with injured people. The authorities took advantage of the ceasefire: they mobilised their resources to solve the conflict by force.
In various cities across Kazakhstan, dozens of people took to the streets in protest against the collapse of the national currency. More than 40 protesters were forcibly taken to the police station.
On this day, two years have passed since the imprisonment by the Kazakh government of Vladimir Kozlov – an opposition politician and civil society activist.
As during previous clashes on Independence Square, on 30 November, 2013, and on 1 December, 2013, near the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, numerous violations of rights of third parties and journalists, were recorded during the events on Hrushevskoho Street which began on 19 January, 2014.
The Open Dialog Foundation is giving everyone who wants to help the civil society of Ukraine an opportunity to contribute.
The clashes between the law enforcement units and protesters resulted in the death of 3 to 5 people, according to different sources.
An environmental activist of the initiative group ‘We’ll Protect the Kok Zhailau’, Dagmar Schreiber has been charged with of inciting social discord in connection with her active civic activities.
It is very important to prevent the extradition of refugees from European countries to Russia, where they might be subjected to torture or be sent back to the countries of Central Asia and subjected to ill-treatment and convicted there.
The concept of the mission is based on the conviction of the need for a transition from moral and symbolic support to specific actions.
Don’t Extradite Refugee to Country Where he Risks Unfair Trial
French court in Aix-en-Provence has authorized the extradition of the main Kazakh opposition figure, Mukhtar Ablyazov, to Russia and Ukraine
The first batch of humanitarian aid was delivered on December 30th 2013 to the “Centre for civil freedoms” (Centr Grazhdanskih Svobod) community organisation with the aim of supporting the works of the “Ozon” public monitoring group and the “Evromaydan SOS” hotline.
Recently, the stage of Kiev’s Euromaidan welcomed two musical groups from Poland – Metka and The Stylacja. And now… on New Year’s Eve – Kiev will be filled with the guitar sounds of Neil Taylor himself!
Speech by Chairman of the Paris Chamber of Advocates Christiane Feral-Schuhl on the occasion of the award Vadim Kuramshin
Human rights and the issue of their observance have become the subject of the conference, which was held in the Senate on 16 December, 2013.
Human rights and the issue of their observance have become the subject of the conference, which was held in the Senate on 16 December, 2013. The conference was organised by the Legislative Committee and the Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Petitions Committee.
A titled lawyer, respected worldwide defender of human rights and social activist. This is how one could briefly describe Y. Zhovtis, who visited Poland at the invitation of the Open Dialog Foundation in mid-December.
One of the leaders of the Alga! party along with Vladimir Kozlov, a former colleague of Mukhtar Ablyazov. He sought the support for the striking oil workers in Zhanaozen. He was accused of preparing terrorist attacks together with Alexandr Pavlov and Mukhtar Ablyazov in Almaty in 2012.
On 16 December, we commemorated the second anniversary of these events. A special website: http://www.zhanaozen.eu/ has been launched in order to memorialise this tragedy.
On the second anniversary of the tragic events, an exhibition commemorating the strike and its pacification was opened in Warsaw.
On 8 November, 2013, the judges of the Criminal Chamber of the Audiencia Nacional court voted on the ruling in Pavlov’s case.
The court ruled to apply the measure of restraint in the form of arrest for 2 months against Andrey Dzyndza, who was detained in connection with the events which took place near the Presidential Administration of Ukraine on 1 December, 2013.
Appeal of the representatives of civil society and people injured during peaceful protests in Ukraine to international community
Dozens of journalists and protesters were ruthlessly beaten by special forces ‘Berkut’. Several medical volunteers were also subjected to battery. Below, the Open Dialog Foundation presents a list of victims.
Today, Fair Trials International has published a major report on the misuse of INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organisation, to persecute refugees, journalists and peaceful political activists.
The official cause of death of Kazakh journalist Igor Larra has not yet been confirmed to his family. During his life, Larra was threatened repeatedly and attacked in connection with his professional activity.
On 21 November, 2013, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine passed a resolution suspending the process of preparation for the conclusion of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community, and their Member States
In December, 2013, France will hold a series of court hearings in order to review the extradition case of the Kazakh politician, Mukhtar Ablyazov. International human rights organisations are calling on France not to allow his extradition to Ukraine or Russia
After the case of Father Sofroniy received widespread publicity, a court rescinded the decision on his deportation from Kazakhstan. However, acting upon mercenary motivation, the authorities have been attempting to close the refuge, created for children and the elderly by the Orthodox priest
In an attempt to gain access to Tatiana Paraskevich, one of the most important witnesses in the case of the opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan, does not neglect any means, actively cooperating with Ukrainian and Russian law enforcement agencies
On 13 November, 2013, Karaganda Regional Court is to consider the appeal filed by the Kazakh human rights activist, Zinaida Mukhortova. On 25 November, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan is to hold a preliminary review of the supervisory appeal filed by Vadim Kuramshin’s lawyers.
On 22 October, 2013, the Karaganda Regional Court will consider the appeal filed by the Kazakh human rights activist Zinaida Mukhortova against the court’s decision regarding the forced hospitalisation
Forcibly hospitalised with a diagnosis of ‘chronic delusional disorder’, the human rights activist Zinaida Mukhortova continues to be confined and subjected to involuntary treatment.
On October 3, the Audiencia Nacional court announced it postpones the decision on Alexandr Pavlov’s extradition to Kazakhstan, a Central-Asian dictatorship, until 25 October.
In the case of extradition, Alexandr Pavlov will face torture and unfair trial, and Spain will once again breach its international obligations concerning the protection of the rights of asylum seekers.
We, the undersigned, appeal to the government of Spain not to allow the extradition of Alexandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan.
On 3 September, 2013, the Deputy Head of the neuropsychiatric clinic Ryspek Iskakov refused to release human rights defender after he obtained the documents concerning her appeal on the court’s decision about compulsory psychiatric detention.
The wife and daughter of Mukhtar Ablyazov in Italy were under close surveillance. International human rights organisations and the United Nations have expressed serious concern about the ‘extraordinary rendition’ of Mukhtar Ablyazov’s wife and daughter to Kazakhstan.
The Open Dialog Foundation hereby demands the immediate release of Zinaida Mukhortova, a human rights defender of the town of Balkhash.
Recent events in Kazakhstan’s history have confirmed that all members of the political and financial elite, who, at one time, have gained influence or opposed the President, have now been eliminated. They have all either been assassinated, forced into political exile, or are in prison
Political persecution of Vladimir Kozlov.
The political struggle against the main opponent of the regime has resulted in gross violations of civil and political rights in Kazakhstan, as well as the neglect of the international obligations, assumed by the state.
If the political order in Ukraine’s request for the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov from France is uncovered, ‘Ablyazov’s case’ may become another obstacle to the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU in November 2013.
The 52-year-old opposition politician is still not being treated in prison – this news was reported by his wife, Aliya Turusbekova. Vladimir Kozlov’s current health problems could lead to a stroke, but the administration of the colony remains idle.
She was hastily deported to Kazakhstan. Rome’s readiness to hand over the wife of a political refugee has raised questions about commercial links between Italian elite and resource-rich Kazakhstan, frequently criticised for its human rights record.
She was hastily deported to Kazakhstan. Rome’s readiness to hand over the wife of a political refugee has raised questions about commercial links between Italian elite and resource-rich Kazakhstan, frequently criticised for its human rights record.
On July 1st 2013, members of the parliamentary observation mission to Kazakhstan organised by the Open Dialog Foundation submitted their letter to President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Wolfgang Grossruk.
Preliminary consideration of Vladimir Kozlov’s supervisory complaint, which had been scheduled for the 1 July, 2013, didn’t take place. For the second time, the Supreme Court adjourned proceedings.
On 6 July, 2013, on the initiative of the Open Dialog Foundation, an unusual event associated with the defence of human rights and freedom of speech in Kazakhstan was held.
Kazakhstan human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin has been awarded the international Ludovic-Trarieux Prize of 2013. The prize is awarded annually to civil activists and advocates involved in human rights defence.
The retrial of the political prisoner, Vladimir Kozlov, before the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan will be held on Monday, 1 July at 9:30 a.m.
Four Polish MPs, namely: Marcin Święcicki, Tomasz Makowski, Piotr Cieśliński and Adam Rybakowicz are travelling to Astana with the observation mission.
The health condition of Roza Tuletayeva, the activist of oil workers’ strikes in Zhanaozen has seriously deteriorated. So far, the prison administration has failed to provide her with adequate medical care. Roza Tuletayeva’s life is now in danger
01.07.2013 the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan is to hold a preliminary review of the supervisory appeal in the case of the opposition politician Vladimir Kozlov
Following an interrogation in the prosecutor’s office, the Kazakh opposition politician Muratbek Ketebayev has been released from police custody. The District Prosecutor’s Office in Lublin found no grounds under which the arrest could be warranted
Citing the independence of thought and action as a fundamental condition for the existence of a democratic state, we hereby call for the cessation of oppression against opposition political activists.
Former Deputy Minister of Finance of Kazakhstan was detained by the police on Wednesday at the request of the authorities of his country. – Muratbek Ketebayev is being persecuted for his political activities – says a human rights organisation.
On 12 June, 2013, at approx. 5.00 p.m. local time, a renowned Kazakh politician and oppositionist Muratbek Ketebayev was arrested in Lublin (Poland). The custody report doesn’t indicate the reasons which served as the basis for taking such a harsh measure.
Once again, the attempts of the independent Kazakhstan media – «Vzglyad» and «Respublika» newspapers to defend their rights to exist in court and operate within the territory of Kazakhstan were in vain
03.06.2013 – 10.06.2013
Once again, civil society activists in Kazakhstan are being persecuted for participating in peaceful protests.
The wife and daughter of the disgraced Kazakh opposition leader, M.Ablyazov, were arrested during a special operation in Italy and deported to Kazakhstan. The deportation was carried out under gross violation of international standards. In Kazakhstan, the wife of Mukhtar Ablyazov faces imprisonment
Presentation of the annual ‘Freedom’ awards was not held as a result of obstacles being put in place by the authorities. The Kazakh Prosecutor’s Office stated that the event is associated with the banned political party ‘Alga!’ and is therefore illegal.
Although the MFA stated on 1 June that they knew nothing about the kidnapping of Alma and her child, I have found out that during the flight they were accompanied by 2 employees of the embassy of Kazakhstan in Italy
Appeal of Mukhtar Ablyazov regarding the kidnapping of his wife and little daughter by Kazakhstan authorities in Rome posted on his facebook page on 31 May 2013.
The Kazakh Prosecutor’s Office works closely with the Ukrainian and Russian investigative authorities in the case of Tatiana Paraskevich, currently residing in the Czech Republic. International human rights organisations fear for her life and wellbeing in the event of her extradition to Ukraine
On Saturday, 25 May, the Labyrinth Gallery will hold a ceremonial inauguration of the new version of the Z/N Cultural Magazine
On Saturday, 25 May, the Labyrinth Gallery will hold a ceremonial inauguration of the new version of the Z/N Cultural Magazine
The General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the management of the Penal Colony ЕС-164/3, where Vladimir Kozlov is currently serving his term, responded to the official inquiry, submitted by the Open Dialog Foundation regarding the Kazakh oppositionist’s health condition
On 11 May, the Finnish Centre for Art and Design in Fiskars held an exhibition of photographs from Kazakhstan, entitled ‘Silenced Voices’. The author, photographer and journalist, Kukka Ranta, visited Kazakhstan in autumn 2012 during the mission, organised by the Open Dialog Foundation
The persecution of political opponents and independent journalists, torture during interrogations, non-compliance with laws and corruption in the justice system – this was the situation observed by representatives of the Polish Bar Council who went on a mission into Kazakhstan
The Open Dialog Foundation, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute and the Goethe-Institut invite you to attend a debate featuring Adam Michnik, Bolat Atabayev and Roman Pawłowski
Four weeks before the announced visit of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Serik Akhmetov, to Warsaw, Polish politicians from various parties have called on for the cessation of the persecution of independent media in this Central Asian country
The export of raw materials from Kazakhstan is still directed mainly to Russia, but as Kazakhstan wishes to obtain a dominant position in the region, it will soon strive to break free from the historically determined patronage of Russia by developing new directions of hydrocarbon exports
The health condition of one of the leaders of the oil workers strike movement in Zhanaozen, Roza Tuletayeva, currently residing in prison, is critical. In order to protest against the inaction of the colony management, Roza Tuletayeva has been forced to declare a hunger strike.
On 16 April, 2013, from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. in the office of the organisation ‘Reporters without Borders’ (Reporter ohne Grenzen), Bryukkenshtr. 4, 10179 Berlin, a meeting with the press representatives from Kazakhstan will be held
Due to the authoritarian nature of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the opposition party ‘Alga!’ began to experience difficulties from the very beginning of its existence.
The Front Line Defenders and the Open Dialog Foundation along with a group of well-known international civil society organisations launched an appeal to the Kazakh authorities to revise the transfer of Vadim Kuramshin, prominent human rights defender
06.03.2013 – 18.03.2013
The court of cassation refused to grant the appeal in the case of Vladimir Kozlov. Meanwhile, his wife, Aliya Turusbekova, has reported that her husband’s health is deteriorating; she also fears potential provocations against him in the penal colony
The Appellate Court deemed the newspapers: ‘Vzglyad’ and “one media outlet ‘Respublika’” extremist. In violation of international treaties and domestic law, the Kazakh authorities have imposed censorship and prohibition of professional activities on individual journalists.
15.02.2013 – 05.03.2013
The Appellate Court upheld the guilty verdict against the human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin. Soon, he is going to be transported to the high-security penal colony EC 164/4. Now, friends and relatives of the Kazakh human rights activist fear possible reprisals against him.
The prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to prove Askar Moldashev’s guilt; he had previously faced charges of drug possession. During the trial, gross procedural irregularities and inconsistencies in the evidence were revealed.
Special Edition. Corruption and unpredictable government policies pose serious obstacles to the work of investors in Kazakhstan. The change in the rules of cooperation with foreign investors in the pharmaceutical sector, made by the state, calls into question their further presence in Kazakhstan.
The oil industry in Kazakhstan, which is one of the most promising in the world, is now undergoing substantial changes. Recently, foreign companies have more and more frequently denied their participation in projects relating to oil production in the Caspian shelf
30.01.2013 – 14.02.2013
The Supreme Court of Kazakhstan mitigated the sentence of Duman Aripbaev and Unerbek Alshimbaev, former managers of the ‘Kompaniya Munay-Ekologiya’. Alshimbaev was released on probation straight from the courtroom.
On 5 February, 2013, the prosecutor of the Medeu District of Almaty was trying to present a warning of criminal responsibility for the issuing of the “one media ‘Respublika’”, addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Tatiana Trubacheva
12.01.2013 – 29.01.2013
On 7 December, 2012, the Specialized Interdistrict Criminal Court of Zhambyl Province accused a prominent human rights activist: Vadim Kuramshin of extortion and sentenced him to 12 years in a strict regime prison with confiscation of property.
On 18 January, 2013, a court trial in connection with the assassination of Aleksandr Bozhenko, (one of the witnesses of the Zhanaozen events of 16 December, 2011,) came to an end
16.12.2012 – 11.01.2013
10.11.2012 – 27.11.2012
On the night of the 24th of November, 2012, Vladimir Kozlov was transferred by Stolypin car to the city of Aktobe. According to numerous reports, in penal colonies of the Aktobe Province, instances of ill-treatment of detainees have been reported repeatedly.
After the appeals to the local authorities proved to be unsuccessful, the pupils of the Mangistau Province orphanage were forced to seek help from international human rights organisations.
The Medeu District Court ordered the seizure of the circulation of the newspaper ‘Golos Respubliki’ after it arrives at the airport of Almaty. This means that tomorrow, the latest issue of the newspaper will not reach readers.
A number of independent media organisations and opposition NGOs of Kazakhstan are under the threat of closure and prohibition of activities in the country. The Prosecutor’s Office in Almaty filed a motion in court, demanding that these organisations be deemed as extremist
The sentence of the leader of the unregistered opposition party ‘Alga!’ was upheld by the Appellate Court. The court did not take into account the arguments of the oppositionist’s defence and gave no justification for the ruling.
23.10.2012 – 09.11.2012
The Board of Appeals of the Zhambyl Regional Court overturned the acquittal of Kazakh human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin. On the 31st of October, 2012, he was arrested. Supporters of the human rights activist reported that while he was remanded in custody, Vadim Kuramshin attempted suicide.
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.
Following the conviction of the leader of Kazakh democratic opposition, Vladimir Kozlov, in Kazakhstan, oppression of civil society activists has begun.
On the 7th of October, 2012, in Zhanaozen, a 23-year-old orphan Aleksandr Bozhenko, a witness of the tragic events in Zhanaozen was killed. During the trial of 37 oil workers, he retracted his false testimony and made a statement on the use of torture
Major events in the socio-political life of the country in the period between 01.10.2012 – 23.10.2012
On the 9th of October, 2012, in Warsaw, the European Parliament Information Office in Warsaw held a press conference entitled ‘Has Kazakhstan changed? – A year after the shootings in Zhanaozen’. The conference was dedicated to the court sentence handed down against the leader of the opposition party ‘Alga!’ V. Kozlov. Methods of influence on […]
Major events in the socio-political life of the country in the period between 01.09.2012-30.09.2012
The trial in the case of the oppositionists enters its final stage – closing arguments. The state prosecution has prematurely announced V. Kozlov guilty of committing all the criminal offences under the stated articles and asked the court to sentence the opposition leader to 9 years’ imprisonment
BRUSSELS, 20th of September, 2012 – Social society activists from Kazakhstan, following the example of the so-called ‘Magnitsky List’, drew up their own list of officials and named it the ‘Zhanaozen List’
The Open Dialog Foundation hereby expresses its concern over the activity of the CIS-EMO organisation’s mission in Ukraine
The side-event is going to be organised by The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty and the Open Dialog Foundation
The side-event is going to be organised by The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty and the Open Dialog Foundation
Muammar Gaddafi vs. Nursultan Nazarbayev. What assets will the President of Kazakhstan leave behind?
Recent events in Aktau highlighted the importance of international monitoring over the trial of the oppositionists in Kazakhstan.
MEPs Marek Migalski and Piotr Borys issued a request in connection with the intensifying situation in Kazakhstan and more violent repression against the opposition leaders.
The further course of the trial of the oppositionists: Vladimir Kozlov, Serik Sapargali and Akzhanat Aminov serves to prove the prejudice of the court and the inequality between the prosecution and the defence
On the 6th of September, 2012 in the European Parliament Information Office in Warsaw, a briefing was held.
The biggest political trial in which the accused is the main leader of the ‘Alga!’ opposition party, Vladimir Kozlov, is ongoing in Kazakhstan
In Kazakhstan, the largest political process, in which Vladimir Kozlov, the leader of the main opposition party ‘Alga!’ is principal accused, is ongoing.
Ukrainian human rights activists reported on the systematic violation of the principles of equality and adversity in court, which casts doubt over the justice and validity of the final decision of the court.
On Friday, the 31st of August, at 11.30, a press conference will be held in the press centre of the UNIAN information agency (Khreschatyk Str, 4). The conference is entitled: ‘The trial of opposition leader in Kazakhstan, Vladimir Kozlov, in the eyes of Ukrainian observers’
On the 16th of August, 2012, at 10:00 am, in the Mangistau Regional Court in Aktau, the trial of Vladimir Kozlov, Serik Sapargali and Akzhanat Aminov began
On the 28th of August, 2012, the Kazakh human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin was sentenced to a 1 year of restriction of liberty order and subsequently released from the courtroom in the city of Taraz
(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 Appellate court in an accelerated procedure, considered the appeals of 13 convicted oil workers. Vladimir Kozlov was deprived of the right to become familiarised with the evidence of the case before the trial
01.07.2012 – 31.07.2012
The Appellate Court softened the sentence of the former police officers convicted for abuse of office during the dispersal of the peaceful demonstration of oil workers on the 16th-17th of December, 2011 in Zhanaozen
The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay declared during a press conference in Astana, that she would closely monitor the situation with the criminal case against Vladimir Kozlov, who has been under arrest for more than seven months.
Monitoring of the pre-election situation in Ukraine 15.06.2012 – 15.07.2012
Justice prevails – right after Bolat Atabayev was released from arrest, a 24-year-old journalist Zhanbolat Mamay also regained his freedom
Hearing in the Italian Senate on July 9 – 11th 2012.
On the 6th of July, 2012, on the occasion of the 72th birthday of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the theatre group from Lublin prepared an unusual gift for him: a street show performed in Warsaw, in the strict centre of the city
To date, four opposition leaders who were charged under several articles of the Criminal Code in the so-called case on “incitement of social hatred” still remain in custody
The well-known Theatre Director, Bolat Atabayev has eventually been released from detention. Attempts undertaken by investigators to persuade him to testify falsely against Vladimir Kozlov turned out to be futile
Polish media should make every effort to find reliable information about the country, in which Poland has vested interests
According to the lawyers, the release of Bolat Atabayev and Zhanbolat Mamay depends solely on their willingness to testify against members of the civic opposition.
It became known that on the 15th of June, 2012, during the detention, brute physical force was used on the famous theater director Bolat Atabaev
Monitoring of the pre-election situation in Ukraine 15.05.2012 – 15.06.2012
Ayzhangul Amirova, an activist of the opposition movement ‘Khalyk Maidany’ was released from custody where she has remained since the 6th of January, 2012.
Prominent theatre director Bolat Atabaev, who has spoken out on behalf of striking oil workers in Kazakhstan, has been put on trial on trumped up charges
In connection with the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov to Poland the Open Dialog Foundation officially expressed its regret over the denial of participation in the meeting of the representatives of the Foundation.
On 21 June 2012 in the United Nations Offices in Geneva (UNOG)
On the 19th of June, 2012, in the European Parliament, a hearing on Kazakhstan was held.
Report on Kazakhstan
On Friday, 15.06.2012, the National Security Committee officers arrested a well-known theater director and activist of the opposition movement “Halyk Maidany”, Bolat Atabaev, as well as the leader of the youth organization “Rukh pen til”, Zhanbolat Mamay
On the 6th of June, 2012 in the morning, Alia Turusbekova received threats with the demand to ‘shut up’, or “prison officials will sort things out with her husband” from a representative of the NSC: Nurlan Mazhilov
A famous public figure, Vice-Chairman of the Public Organization “Miner’s Family”, Tahir Mukhamedzyanov, was found dead in his own apartment.
The Open Dialog Foundation expresses its concern over the detention and attempts to put pressure on the lawyer Asel Nurgaziyeva, a Kazakh human rights activist and the head of the Atyrau Public Association ‘Zaman’
On the 30th of May, 2012, in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, 14 border guards from the Arkankergen border post and a local gamekeeper were found dead in burned-out buildings. They were found by workers from the ‘Sarah bukter’ border post
On Monday, the 4th of June, 2012, during the trial concerning the riots in Zhanaozen on the 15th and 16th of December 2011, 36 sentences, of 36 out of 37 defendants, were read.
On the 30th of May 30, 2012, near the building of the European Parliament in Brussels, ‘European Football Tournament – 2012’ was held
A labour dispute between the company’s employees and the management of the corporation
On the 30th of May 30, 2012, near the building of the European Parliament in Brussels, ‘European Football Tournament – 2012’, will be held.
Press Conference in Kyiv, 18.05.2012
Italian Senator Barbara Contini and Italian Deputy Aldo Di Biagio meet delegation from Kazakhstan to discuss human rights and opposition repression issues
Forbes Kazakhstan has published a list of the petro-state’s 50 wealthiest people. Unsurprisingly, a number of the country’s multimillionaires swim close to President Nursultan Nazarbayev
The Open Dialog Foundation continues to monitor the socio-political situation in Kazakhstan
On Saturday, May 5, 2012, the information was spread that workers of the ‘Annenskaya’ mine went on strike, demanding that the company’s management improve working conditions and substantially increase wages.
The Open Dialog Foundation continues to monitor the situation in Aktau, where hearings regarding the riots in Zhanaozen on the 16th and 17th of December, 2011 have been held.
In Brussels (Belgium), 25 April 2012
Defendants Allege Beatings, Suffocation, Rape Threats
Authorities Should Ensure Attackers are Identified, Prosecuted
The Open Dialog Foundation continues to monitor the situation in Aktau, where hearings on the case of the riots on December 16-17 in Zhanaozen have been carried out. This document provides a brief chronology of the trial.
The President of the Social Foundation ‘Civic Activity’ Muratbek Ketebaev commented on the situation around charges of terrorism filed against the opposition leaders of Kazakhstan.
The leader of the youth movement Zhanbolat Mamay and a theatre director Bolat Atabayev were not allowed to leave Kazakhstan to participate in a session on human rights and freedom of speech
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns attack on a reporter in Kazakhstan and calls on authorities to immediately investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The staff of the Open Dialog Foundation hereby informs about potential attempts, made by the Kazakh government to discredit the Foundation in order to eliminate this organisation as one of the sources of independent information about the situation on human rights and media freedom in Kazakhstan
It was reported that on the 30th of March, 2012 an administrative case was initiated against Lyudmila Gorbenko
During the hearing related to the tragic events in Zhanaozen on the 16th of December, 2011, an injured policeman abandoned his claim against the defendants.
In early March 2012 the international community placed high expectations on Kazakhstan. But the situation began to change dramatically after the prominent opposition leaders
NHC: ‘Opposition Alga party leader Vladimir Kozlov is still imprisoned along with several labour activists from Western Kazakhstan, and there are still limitations on the freedom of assembly and of expression.’
Journalist Irina Mednikova and Head of Publications Dissemination Department, Julia Kozlova were met by the security services at the entrances of their homes.
Trials are closed to the media and international observers,oppression of the editorial staff of the ‘Golos Respubliki’ newspaper and opposition activists continues
Others 37 Face Criminal Charges Following December Violence
The editor of the ‘Vzglyad’ newspaper was released under amnesty, opposition leaders had their terms of arrest extended for another month
HRW: The release of Natalia Sokolova was a positive development, but numerous other activists remain in custody
Dunja Mijatović, welcomed today the release from custody of Igor Vinyavsky
Editor of the Kazakhstani opposition newspaper “Vzglyad,” was given amnesty and released from the Committee of National Security’s detention center
On the 12th of March 2012, Alia Turusbekova, Vladimir Kozlov’s wife, wrote another petition, the fifth in a row, requesting a meeting with her detained spouse.
Sokolova was extremely brief because the preventive measure which was applied toward her prohibits to give any comments on what happened or what is happening.
The Open Dialog Foundation present you with the evidence given by Nurgul Suleimenova
The Open Dialog Foundation has noted that the continuation of rights violations against the detained opposition activists, as well as the lack of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech in Kazakhstan.
The Open Dialog Foundation has noted that the continuation of rights violations against the detained opposition activists, as well as the lack of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech in Kazakhstan.
The document itself is called «Arrêtez le carnage», which means “Stop the massacre”
The threats were sent to the home of Alia Turusbekova, Vladimir Kozlovs’ wife, saying that Vladimir Kozlov may be transferred to Zhanaozen to a detention facility with a stricter regime.
February was marked by a MEP’s visit to Zhanaozen and a rally organised by the Kazakh citizens who disagree with the policies of the government
The appeal of the Polish society, the media and NGOs to the government of Kazakhstan to stop violations of human rights and freedom of speech
An interview with Piotr Borys, MEP, after his return from Almaty and Zhanaozen, where mass riots took place in December
The beginning of 2012 was marked by arrests of journalists of opposition newspapers and social activists.
The investigative team has been continuing the investigation into the criminal case, initiated on charges of mass disorders that took place in the town of Zhanaozen.
MEP Piotr Borys visited the town of Zhanaozen in Kazakhstan.
The events are organized under auspices of Prof.Jerzy Buzek, MEP Piotr Borys, MEP Slavi Binev, Kasparov Chess Foundation and Open Dialog Foundation.
Announcement: Documents which indicate the use of violence by the police against minors in Zhanaozen have been published
Vladimir Kozlov is convinced that the charges filed against him are contrived.
Action carried out in Berlin in support of civic activists in Kazakhstan on February 7, 2012.
The National Security Committee of Kazakhstan commits acts that bear signs of a planned operation aimed at blocking the work of the regional offices of the ‘Alga!’ party.
The Ukrainian journalistic movement ‘Stop Censorship!’ strongly condemns the oppression that the Kazakh authorities have subjected independent journalists to.
The Open Dialog Foundation in collaboration with the KCFE is publishing a series of photographs which constitute the archive of the introduction to the programme, namely “Chess in European schools.” The pictures depict chess matches which took place on the 18th of January, the 31st of January and on the 1st of February, 2012 in […]
The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made the following statement today: “Kazakhstan is an important partner for the EU in Central Asia and the EU has good relations and dialogue with Kazakhstan, which are important to maintain for exchanging our views and concerns. My meeting […]
Confiscation of computers and other office equipment by the workers of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan began in the office of the ‘Golos Respubliki’ newspaper in Almaty.
The investigators link the charges with the tragic events in the city of Zhanaozen.
Almaty: The rally resulted in apprehensions.
11.05.2011 – Beginning of the strike of the workers of the following oil extraction and production companies: ‘OzenMunayGaz’, ‘Karazhanbasmunay’ (investor from China), ‘Ersai Caspian Contractor’ (Italian ENI holding).
The National Security Committee isolates opposionist’ activist
The chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission has blasted a provision of Kazakhstan’s newly adopted Law on National Security
The press release of ‘Respublika’
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 […]
I. Vinyavski, the editor of the ‘Vzglyad’ newspaper, V. Kozlov, the leader of the ‘Alga’ party, and Serik Sapargali, a social activist, who were apprehended by the workers of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan, have not appeared at a hearing relating to the extension of their custody.
Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, issued the following statement in Berlin.
Drop Vague Criminal Charge, Release Detainees
Kazakh authorities searched the apartments and offices of members of Alga, an unregistered opposition party that was not allowed to participate in parliamentary elections, and independent newspaper, Vzglyad.
Vladimir Kozlov and Igor Vinyavskiy were arrested on charges of inciting social unrest and calling for the violent overthrow and change of the constitutional order by force and violation of the unity in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
KNB agents simultaneously raided Vinyavsky’s apartment and Vzglyad’s offices in Almaty and confiscated all reporting equipment.
The “Open Dialog” Foundation expresses its deep regret and concern about the reprisals to the representatives of the opposition and independent media in Kazakhstan
In Kazakhstan, representatives of mass media and opposistion organisations were arrested on fabricated charges
11.01.2012 The Ministry of External Affairs of Kazakhstan refused to issue visas to 18 observers from Poland who were planning to fly to Kazakhstan for the election on the 15th of January. Among them were renowned Polish journalists, experts on Eastern countries: Maria Przełomiec and Michał Potocki, as well as Piotr Borys, a member of […]
The photos from the conference held January 17 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg by the MEP (PO), Piotr Borys, “Zhanaozen: from conflict to tragedy.How staff will take place after the parliamentary elections.”
On the 17th of January, 2012 at 1.00 p.m., Nurlan Beysenov, an officer of the National Security Committee, came to the office of the ‘Stan.kz’. He handed orders to report for interrogation on the same day (on the 17th of January, 2012 at 3.00 p.m.) to 15 workers of ‘Stan.kz’. Such an order directed at […]
It is likely that next week the European Parliament will hold a minute’s silence to honour the victims of the December riots in Kazakhstan. The request was submitted to the head of the EP, Jerzy Buzek by the Open Dialog Foundation and the MEP Piotr Borys.
Opposition public figure Ayzhangul Amirova was detained in Aktau.
Election 28.12.2011, Almaty The City Prosecutor’s Office held a meeting with long-term members of the Election Observation Mission: Andrew McEntee and Elgun Tagiev. The deputy prosecutor of Almaty, Zhandos Umiraliev conveyed information about the order relating to the receipt of complaints regarding voting irregularities filed by members of election commissions, citizens as well as representatives […]
The events in Zhanaozen and reaction to them are still the most prominent issues.
The European Parliament, – having regard to Articles 6 and 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, – having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure, A. whereas the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, in its Article 6, provides that sport is among […]
The agitation period of the election campaign in Kazakhstan started, but the main pertinent events of the week were the tragic occurrences in Zhanaozen.
On 16thDecember, 2011 in the city of Zhanaozen at approx. 10 a.m. local time on Independence Day, striking oil workers and their family members, who have been taking part in the protests since 17th May 2011, were dispersed by means of extreme measures in the form of the use of noxious gases and the
In Kazakhstan, the stage of candidate nomination is coming to an end and international organisations are forming observation groups.
While pre-election party conferences are held, human rights organisations issue statements about the high level of corruption and the deterioration of freedom of speech in Kazakhstan.
On 15th January, 2012 in the Republic of Kazachstan: elections for the deputies of the Majilis of the Parliament of the state and of the local councils (maslikhats) will be held. The Open Dialog Foundation hereby presents you with a brief introduction to the main principles of the election process in the country and its […]
The public hearing on the recent parliament election in Russia was held in the European Parliament in Brussels on December 6, 2011
The roundtable on 29th of November, 2011 in room ASP A1E-2 of the European Parliament, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.
Biographical note: Dmitriy Putenikhin, literary pseudonim “MatveyKrylov”, born on Janurary 05, 1989 in the city of Gai (Orenburg District, Russia). A member of the political party “The other Russia”.
On November 14-16, 2011 in the Akimat of the city of Zhanaozen meetings of the dismissed workers of the production branch “KarazhanbasMunai” and the representatives of the authorities were held.
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan, and the National Public Association “The Communist Party of Kazakhstan” were found guilty of committing an administrative illegality and were subjected to administrative penalties.
On 10.11.2011, the deputies of the 4th convocation of the Majilis Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan appealed to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan requesting the dissolution of Parliament.
Garri Kasparov, the head of the United Civil Front and one of the leaders of anti-Kremlin opposition, is going to pay a visit to the European Parliament on November 8 at the invitation of the parliamentary group – European Conservatists and Reformists (ECR).
Strikes of oil and gas industry workers in western regions of Kazakhstan have been continuing for over five months now.
The protests of the oil sector workers fueled tension between the authorities, NGOs and independent media.
On October 26, 2011 in the city of Zhanaozen, at approx. 5.30 p.m. local time, an armed attack was carried out against Yestay Karashaev, a dismissed striking oil sector worker.
Today in Zhanaozen police officers stopped the car transporting the copies of the newspaper “Voice of the Respublika.”
People who introduced themselves as officers of law enforcement agencies of Kazakhstan threaten Herniyaz Shagatai and Azamat Esbergen, the journalists of the Kazakhstan team of the video portal Stan.KZ.
People who introduced themselves as officers of law enforcement agencies of Kazakhstan threaten Herniyaz Shagatai and Azamat Esbergen, the journalists of the Kazakhstan team of the video portal Stan.KZ.
On October 03, 2011 Abay Abenov, a 30-year old electrician of the “Ozenenergoneft” company who was dismissed from work, hanged himself on the night of Monday, October 3rd, in his house in Tenge village.
Journalists from the VIDEO PORTAL “stan” were thrown out from their own offices and disconnected from internet BECAUSE OF COVERING THE SUBJECT OF STRIKES IN MANGISTAU (WEST KAZAKHSTAN).
Thematic hearings ‘Central Asia – EU: human rights dialogue results’ were held in the European Parliament
Thuggish totalitarianism Zbigniew Romaszewski pointed out that the current situation of the opposition in Kazakhstan is worse than in the era of the Solidarity. It is due to the fact that the ideology and priorities of the international policy have changed. Since the mid-70s, human rights have become an official ideology of the free Western […]
A press conference organized by Mr. Ryszard Kalisz, Chairman of the Justice and Human Rights Committee of the Polish Parliament, was held in the Polish Sejm on September 26, 2011.
Representatives of Kazakhstan’s independent mass media and trade unions representing the striking workers and Ryszard Kalisz take part in press conference.
IMF&ICEM: Oil workers and their family members are frequently beaten by thugs. Every day workers also receive death threats.
On 28 September, 2011, the Open Dialog Foundation, within the framework of the conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe entitled Human Dimension Implementation Europe Meeting in Warsaw, is going to organize a seminar.
Roundtable „Freedom of speech in the OSCE space”
27th of September 2011
Hotel Sofitel Victoria, Warsaw
Illegal criminal prosecution of Natalia Sokolova, lawyer of the labor union of the joint-stock company “Karazhanbasmunay” Background information: Natalia Gennadevna Sokolova, born on June, 20th 1972 in Petropavlovsk, Northern Kazakhstan region. Education: 1. Institute of Foreign Languages – teacher of English language; 2. The Higher School of Law “Adilet” – lawyer; […]
Arrests and detentions of legitimate trade-union leaders and activists of the civil society Akzhanat Aminov’s case Background information: Akzhanat Mendibaevich Aminov was born on 10 September, 1957. He has obtained higher education, he is the head of social-administrative maintenance of Development and the Management of Bore-Holes (UOS-5) of the production branch […]
On 24 August, 2011 in the suburbs of the city of Zhanaozen (the Western Kazakhstan), Zhansaule Karabalaeva, 18-year-old daughter of Kudaibergen Karabalaev was found dead with multiple stab wounds.
On 3 August, 2011, Zhaksylyk Turbaev, a 28-year-old trade-union activist, an oil industry worker-borer of the company “MunayFieldService” was murdered in Zhanaozen.
On 24 August, 2011 in the suburbs of the city of Zhanaozen (the Western Kazakhstan), Zhansaule Karabalaeva, 18-year-old daughter of Kudaibergen Karabalaev was found dead with multiple stab wounds.
On 3 August, 2011, Zhaksylyk Turbaev, a 28-year-old trade-union activist, an oil industry worker-borer of the company “MunayFieldService” was murdered in Zhanaozen.
16 August 2011 in the airport of the city of Aktau (Western Kazakhstan) a leader of the youth organization “Rukh Pen Til” Zhanbolat Mamay was arrested.
On 24th of July 2011 a photo exhibition “Kazakhstan is it you?” was opened in Radomsko.
On the 24th of July 2011 a photo exhibition “Kazakhstan is it you?” was opened in Radomsko. The organisers of the exhibition are the Open Dialog Foundation and the Office of the Deputy to the Seym, Krzysztof Maciejewski (member of Polish-Kazakhstanian Parliamentary Group)…
In the Mangistau (city Zhanaozen) province of Kazakhstan a real threat has emerged to the security and safety of thousands of oil workers participating in a strike since 11 May 2011.
The success in the fight against corruption worldwide depends to a large extent on the political will of those holding the authority.
We are planning to suggest a common action plan on monitoring of the situations presented during the conference as well as to collect expectations with regard to actions from the EU institutes.
The workers of “OzenMunayGaz”, “Karazhanbasmunay”, and a part of the Italian ENI holding “The Ersai Caspian Contractor LLC” have continued their termless protest action.
Preventing and combating corruption in Central Asian countries.
It is a Festival which allows to present the results of the creative work performed by student theatres.
The exhibition in EP: one live between two realities: “Kazakhstan, is it you?” under the auspices of the MEP Marek Siwiec (Group S&D)
The conference “Kazakhstan: post-election scenarios 2011” under the auspices of the MEP Marek Migalski (ECR).
The main violation at the election districts was the compulsion of students to vote, as well as the total shadowing on every vote
Anxiety of the editorial office of Kazakhstan newspaper “Voice of Republic” (“Голос республики”), that the director of the editing-company Daniyar Moldashev disappeared for some reason is being confirmed.
Director of the publishing house Daniyar Moldashev is reported missing (probably abducted).
On 30 March 2011 the Pavlograd police qualified an attack with knives made by malefactors at Alga activists as a „disorderly conduct”.
Secretary of the District Committee of the Kazakhstan Communist Party Sergey Ryzhkov was detained on 27 March 2011 in Kokshetau on a charge of the terrorism.
The central election committee of Kazakhstan has refused the delegation of the representative in structure of the commission of the Central Electoral Committee at the period of the pre-term presidential election to the “Azat”.
Some may say this is traditional Royal high jinks. But the charge sheet against Andrew is very long and it is undermining the valuable, diligent work of the rest of the Royal Family.
Kazakhstan follows Tunisia and Egypt scenario by mind of the President Civic Activity Foundation Muratbek Ketebaeyv
Kazakhstan announced early presidential elections to be held on April 3, 2011.
The conference “Kazakhstan: Freedom of the Media and Freedom of Civil Society” organised by the Open Dialog Foundation under the auspices of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI).
Vzglyad newspaper (Ayna Ltd.) was charged the amount of 30 million 854 thousand 629 tenges.
Golos Respubliki (ADP Ltd.) was charged 12 million 803 thousand 530 tenges.
Azat and Alga newspapers (Kiyal Ltd.) were charged 26 million 298 thousand 250 tenges.
On November 18-21, 2010 took place International Scientific Conference in memoriam of St. Joseph Bilczewski, Catholic Archbishop Metropolitan of Lviv, to the 5-year anniversary of canonization.
On October 31, 2010 new authorities were in fact taking an exam demonstrating if they are ready to follow democratic procedures and