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Osservatorio Diritti: “Kazakhstan: coronavirus is the new instrument of social repression”

Osservatorio Diritti: “Kazakhstan: coronavirus is the new instrument of social repression”

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 […]

ODF and FIDU addresses the Italian Senate on the impact of COVID-19 on human rights

ODF and FIDU addresses the Italian Senate on the impact of COVID-19 on human rights

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.

Kazakhstan: Political Oppression During the Pandemic

Kazakhstan: Political Oppression During the Pandemic

The coronavirus infection COVID-19 has become a challenge not only for healthcare systems, economics, social policy and public administration in most countries of the world, but also to human rights. Human rights have been especially threatened in authoritarian states, including Kazakhstan.

ODF welcomes former Kazakhstani political prisoner, Iskander Yerimbetov, in Geneva

ODF welcomes former Kazakhstani political prisoner, Iskander Yerimbetov, in Geneva

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 […]

MEPs continue to appeal the Ukrainian authorities regarding Zhanara Akhmetova’s case

MEPs continue to appeal the Ukrainian authorities regarding Zhanara Akhmetova’s case

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.

The Case of Zhanara Akhmetova: Ukraine Is in Haste to Arrest and to Extradite Kazakhstani Journalist

The Case of Zhanara Akhmetova: Ukraine Is in Haste to Arrest and to Extradite Kazakhstani Journalist

A prominent Kazakhstani journalist and opposition activist Zhanara Akhmetova could be illegally extradited from Ukraine to Kazakhstan at any time. According to our sources, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine is already preparing to place her under extradition arrest. On 19 May 2020, Akhmetova got a decision by the Supreme Court of Ukraine depriving her of the chance to be granted asylum. The decision was adopted in haste during the quarantine. It was also adopted without taking into account the arguments of Akhmetova’s lawyers.

Kazakhstani Journalist Risks Extradition From Ukraine

Kazakhstani Journalist Risks Extradition From Ukraine

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.

Mukhtar Dzhakishev, a Kazakhstani political prisoner and victim of torture, has been released from prison

Mukhtar Dzhakishev, a Kazakhstani political prisoner and victim of torture, has been released from prison

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.

Bolat Atabayev needs help

Bolat Atabayev needs help

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.

Exchange of views with DCAS MEPs on the human rights situation in Kazakhstan

Exchange of views with DCAS MEPs on the human rights situation in Kazakhstan

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.

Kazakhstan: A dialogue or bluff?

Kazakhstan: A dialogue or bluff?

This report provides an analysis of Kazakhstan’s implementation of the European Parliament Resolution of 14 March 2019 on the human rights situation in the country (2019/2610(RSP).

Statement re. event organised by EU Today in the European Parliament on 23 January 2020

Statement re. event organised by EU Today in the European Parliament on 23 January 2020

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.

Zhanara Akhmetova risks extradition: a test for the new authorities of Ukraine

Zhanara Akhmetova risks extradition: a test for the new authorities of Ukraine

In case of the extradition of Akhmetova, Ukraine would violate several ratified international conventions. For the new government, this case would become one of the first serious exams in the observation of the rights of refugees and extradition procedures. Will the new authorities of Ukraine pass the test in the cooperation with dictatorial regimes?

“Are there any threats to Ukraine from China and how can they be minimised?” – discussion in Kyiv

“Are there any threats to Ukraine from China and how can they be minimised?” – discussion in Kyiv

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).

China’s Contribution to Human Rights Abuse in Kazakhstan: Event at the EP

China’s Contribution to Human Rights Abuse in Kazakhstan: Event at the EP

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 […]

Unprecedented and unacceptable cooperation between Belgian authorities and Kazakhstan’s authoritarian regime

Unprecedented and unacceptable cooperation between Belgian authorities and Kazakhstan’s authoritarian regime

On October 1, 2019, at Kazakhstan’s mutual assistance request, Belgian police conducted a warrantless search (sic!) of Kazakh political refugee and lawyer, Botagoz Jardemalie’s apartment in Brussels. The officials seized numerous electronic devices and documents, which included privileged and confidential work relating to her advocacy as a human rights lawyer. One of the most worrying […]

They’ve Come For You: Misuse of Extradition Procedures and Interstate Legal Assistance

They’ve Come For You: Misuse of Extradition Procedures and Interstate Legal Assistance

In the present document, the Open Dialogue Foundation, the Italian Federation for Human Rights, the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, the Human Rights Defenders e.V. and the Kharkiv Institute for Social Research attempt to fill the gaps in the PACE report and propose recommendations with respect to improving cooperation among the member states of the Council of Europe in the sphere of extradition.

Iskander Yerimbetov’s health now critical in detention facility

Iskander Yerimbetov’s health now critical in detention facility

Iskander Yerimbetov, Kazakhstani political prisoner and the brother of political refugee Botagoz Jardemalie, has been suffering from critical health condition in a Kazakhstani detention facility. His lawyers and family members reported that his health has deteriorated to a critical state.

ODF, CCL & FIDU at PACE: strengthening international human rights mechanisms

ODF, CCL & FIDU at PACE: strengthening international human rights mechanisms

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

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

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.

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

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

Bundestag event and meetings in Berlin with Oleg Sentsov, CCL & FIDU

Bundestag event and meetings in Berlin with Oleg Sentsov, CCL & FIDU

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.

ODF organises two side-events at OSCE HDIM 2019

ODF organises two side-events at OSCE HDIM 2019

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.

ODF and FIDU advocated for human rights at the 28th OSCE PA Annual Session

ODF and FIDU advocated for human rights at the 28th OSCE PA Annual Session

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

17 U.S. senators write to Kazakh President on Yerimbetov case

17 U.S. senators write to Kazakh President on Yerimbetov case

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.

A political prisoner Ablovas Dzhumaev is free!

A political prisoner Ablovas Dzhumaev is free!

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

Stakeholders and CSOs discuss Global Magnitsky Act at Italian Senate

Stakeholders and CSOs discuss Global Magnitsky Act at Italian Senate

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.

MEPs address HR/VP Mogherini on the case of dismissed judge Malik Kenzhaliyev

MEPs address HR/VP Mogherini on the case of dismissed judge Malik Kenzhaliyev

Last Tuesday, on February 19th, a group of Members of EP constituted by Ana Gomes, Barbara Lochbihler, Mady Delvaux-Stehres, Tunne Kelam, Elmar Brok, Patricia Lalonde, Brando Benifei and Julie Ward, addressed a letter to Federica Mogherini, concerning the removal of judge from office in Kazakhstan.

The United Nations demanded the immediate release of Iskander Yerimbetov

The United Nations demanded the immediate release of Iskander Yerimbetov

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 Iskander Yerimbetov case: The trial of the Kazakhstan regime’s hostage

The Iskander Yerimbetov case: The trial of the Kazakhstan regime’s hostage

The Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) organised a human rights observer mission to Kazakhstan. A series of meetings with activists, human rights defenders, relatives of political prisoners, and former prisoners who had been subjected to torture, was conducted in the course of the mission.

Free political prisoners in Kazakhstan

Free political prisoners in Kazakhstan

Human rights violations and politically motivated persecution continue in Kazakhstan. It is high time the EU raised its voice in opposition!

U.S. Statement on Iskander Yerimbetov’s case

U.S. Statement on Iskander Yerimbetov’s case

On 8 November 2018, the US Mission to the OSCE made an official statement on the case of Iskander Yerimbetov: “The United States is concerned by allegations of mistreatment while in custody and procedural irregularities in the trial of Kazakhstani businessman Iskander Yerimbetov”

Collective complaint: Be quiet! Or be charged with extremism

Collective complaint: Be quiet! Or be charged with extremism

This report is a collective complaint on behalf of 129 citizens of Kazakhstan who have fallen victim to arbitrary detention, criminal prosecution, torture, ill-treatment, threats and surveillance. All were accused of supporting the peaceful opposition movement “Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan”.

Kazakhstan’s special services are shadowing activists in Ukraine

Kazakhstan’s special services are shadowing activists in Ukraine

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.

The case of Almat Zhumagulov and Kenzhebek Abishev

The case of Almat Zhumagulov and Kenzhebek Abishev

1. Introduction In April 2017, opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov, along with his associates, announced the resumption of the activities of the ‘Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan’ (DCK) movement. The previous DCK movement was banned by a Kazakhstani court on charges of ‘extremism’ in 2005. According to Ablyazov, 32,000 people joined the DCK in 2007. In authoritarian […]

Каzakhstan: More than 700 miners go on strike

Каzakhstan: More than 700 miners go on strike

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.

Ukraine is in haste to transfer Zhanara Akhmetova to Kazakhstan

Ukraine is in haste to transfer Zhanara Akhmetova to Kazakhstan

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.

“Members of PACE warn Interpol of persistent violations”

“Members of PACE warn Interpol of persistent violations”

On 11 October, 2017, Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) addressed the Secretary of Interpol, Mr Jürgen Stock, and the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (CCF) in a bid to warn against abusive use of the international arrest warrant.

Open Democracy on Interpol reforms postulated by ODF

Open Democracy on Interpol reforms postulated by ODF

Non-democratic states continue to issue international arrest warrants for dissidents, journalists and political opponents. The fact that the problem is continuing to be present means that regimes adapt their conducts and ultimately the new reforms do not catch up with the reality.

Publico: INTERPOL as a tool for political repressions

Publico: INTERPOL as a tool for political repressions

In Spain, more Turkish dissidents fall victim to the abuse by Ankara of INTERPOL mechanisms. Increasingly frequently, Turkish authorities accuse their critics of criminal offences and demand their extradition. In Granada, upon a request from Turkish authorities, the writer Dogan Akhanli was arrested

The Report: The case of Muratkhan Tokmadi

The Report: The case of Muratkhan Tokmadi

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

ODF addressed PACE to protect human rights in Kazakhstan

ODF addressed PACE to protect human rights in Kazakhstan

Strategic cooperation between the Council of Europe and Kazakhstan in the field of criminal and constitutional justice, human rights and democratic citizenship has so far been an essential monitoring tool in bringing Kazakhstani institutions in line with European standards.

Leonidas Donskis in the reminiscences of Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Leonidas Donskis in the reminiscences of Lyudmyla Kozlovska

In September 2016, Leonidas Donskis, a Lithuanian MEP, philosopher, essayist and academic teacher died prematurely. The article, devoted to him by Portal 15min, includes the reminiscences of him by President of the Open Dialog Foundation Lyudmyla Kozlovska.

The ODF discussed human rights in the post-Soviet region at the OSCE

The ODF discussed human rights in the post-Soviet region at the OSCE

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.

Journalist Zhanbolat Mamay was beaten in Kazakhstani detention centre

Journalist Zhanbolat Mamay was beaten in Kazakhstani detention centre

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.

The ODF discussed human rights in Kazakhstan at the EP & CoE

The ODF discussed human rights in Kazakhstan at the EP & CoE

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.

The ODF discussed human rights in Kazakhstan at the EP & CoE

The ODF discussed human rights in Kazakhstan at the EP & CoE

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.

The first meeting of the ODF with Mukhtar Ablyazov

The first meeting of the ODF with Mukhtar Ablyazov

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.

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

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.

In their appeal to the Czech authorities, Russian human rights defenders made a stand in defence of Tatiana Paraskevich

In their appeal to the Czech authorities, Russian human rights defenders made a stand in defence of Tatiana Paraskevich

(Translation from Russian) Supreme Public Prosecutor, of the Czech Republic, Pavel Zeman Jezuitská 4, Brno, CZ-660 55 Czech Republic, [email protected]; Head of Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior  of the Czech Republic, Tomáš Haišman 21/ОАМ, Nad Štolou, 3, Praha 7, CZ-170 34 [email protected]; [email protected]; Minister of Justice of the Czech […]

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

Representatives of the Foundation follow and attend the most important sessions and meetings of the international organizations and institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, Vienna and Geneva.

Jean-Claude Juncker’s statement on ‘promising reform’ in Kazakhstan calls into question the competence of representatives of the European Commission given their assessment of the real situation in the country

Jean-Claude Juncker’s statement on ‘promising reform’ in Kazakhstan calls into question the competence of representatives of the European Commission given their assessment of the real situation in the country

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.

Kazakhstan: The oppression of journalists and bloggers

Kazakhstan: The oppression of journalists and bloggers

Kazakhstan demands that administrations of social networks disclose personal data of independent journalists, bloggers and political opponents. In retaliation for criticism, the authorities bring criminal charges of ‘spreading false information’ against inconvenient journalists.

K. Savchenko’s interview about harassment of civil society in Kazakhstan

K. Savchenko’s interview about harassment of civil society in Kazakhstan

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.

Report: The harassment of civil society in Kazakhstan

Report: The harassment of civil society in Kazakhstan

The Open Dialog Foundation welcomes the initiative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on consultations regarding the creation of a favourable space for civil society activities and the development of a report with practical recommendations on this matter.

Europe at Nazarbayev’s service

Europe at Nazarbayev’s service

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.

Report: France should not allow the deadly rendering of the Kazakh oppositionist

Report: France should not allow the deadly rendering of the Kazakh oppositionist

1. Introduction The political context of the case of Mukhtar Ablyazov has been repeatedly referred to in the statements of human rights organisations, members of the European Parliament and the PACE. Russia and Ukraine are not safe countries for extradition as these countries do not guarantee the right to a fair trial or adequate conditions […]

Anna Koj on the presidential elections in Kazakhstan

Anna Koj on the presidential elections in Kazakhstan

The current President being the only one promoted in the media, and the absence of any political agenda for Nazarbayev’s puppet opponents – Anna Koj of the Open Dialog Foundation talked about the electoral campaign before the presidential elections in Kazakhstan, in an interview with Radio Radicale.

Ingancio Sanchez Amor in defence of Ablyazov: Appeal to the French government

Ingancio Sanchez Amor in defence of Ablyazov: Appeal to the French government

Ingancio Sanchez Amor, addressed a letter to the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the National Assembly of the French Republic, E. Guigou, requesting that it be delivered to all Committee members. In his letter, he appealed to the French government not to extradite the Mukhtar Ablyazov.

Mogherini replies to the appeal from MEPs on Kazakh dissidents

Mogherini replies to the appeal from MEPs on Kazakh dissidents

Federica Mogherini, replied to a letter from MEPs of the progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) at the European Parliament concerning mass-scale abuse of the system of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) by Kazakh authorities.

The Social Democrats intervene on Mukhtar Ablyazov’s case

The Social Democrats intervene on Mukhtar Ablyazov’s case

On 11 March, 2015, Members of the European Parliament from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (Social Democrats), intervened in the case of Mr Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakh dissident and the main political opponent of the current President of Kazakhstan.

Human rights in Kazakhstan discussed in Saragossa

Human rights in Kazakhstan discussed in Saragossa

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”.

Alexandr Pavlov safe at last

Alexandr Pavlov safe at last

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.

Relatives and associates of Rakhat Aliyev reject the suicide account

Relatives and associates of Rakhat Aliyev reject the suicide account

On the 24 of February, the media spread information about the death of Rakhat Aliyev, a famous politician who opposed the regime of Nursultan Nazarbayev. He was found dead in an Austrian Josefstadt prison in a solitary cell, where he had moved a few days prior on his own request.

Do Rzeczy weekly on the use of Interpol by authoritarian regimes

Do Rzeczy weekly on the use of Interpol by authoritarian regimes

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.

Sentenced to Death

Sentenced to Death

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

Poroshenko “vaccinated against the dictatorship virus”

Poroshenko “vaccinated against the dictatorship virus”

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’.

Zinaida Mukhortova released from mental hospital

Zinaida Mukhortova released from mental hospital

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.

Tomasz Makowski appeals to Francois Hollande’a

Tomasz Makowski appeals to Francois Hollande’a

In his letter to President of France, Francois Hollande, Member of the Polish Parliament, Tomasz Makowski, called for “a large measure of self-control in cooperation with the Republic of Kazakhstan until the country steps onto the path of respect for human rights and democratic change”.

Human rights activists calls on Hollande to cease cooperation with Nazarbayev

Human rights activists calls on Hollande to cease cooperation with Nazarbayev

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.

HRW: President Hollande’s Upcoming Visit to Kazakhstan

HRW: President Hollande’s Upcoming Visit to Kazakhstan

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

Conference on human rights violations and political repression in Kazakhstan

Conference on human rights violations and political repression in Kazakhstan

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

Gazeta.pl: Protest in front of Kazakh Embassy

Gazeta.pl: Protest in front of Kazakh Embassy

The portal gazeta.pl reported on a protest by refugees and activists from Kazakhstan, which took place in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Warsaw on Thursday afternoon.

Roza Tuletayeva is free!

Roza Tuletayeva is free!

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.

Marcinkiewicz explains his participation in a business mission to Kazakhstan

Marcinkiewicz explains his participation in a business mission to Kazakhstan

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.

Ekaterina Kuramshina appeals for help

Ekaterina Kuramshina appeals for help

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.

Liberation: Putin’s Justice in a French Court

Liberation: Putin’s Justice in a French Court

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

IAR about situation in Kazakhstan

IAR about situation in Kazakhstan

The Radio Information Agency has published a despatch on the situation in Kazakhstan which cites a representative of the Open Dialog Foundation, Jędrzej Czerep.

Kazakhstan does not comply with fair trial guarantees

Kazakhstan does not comply with fair trial guarantees

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.

Mukhortova no longer receives injections

Mukhortova no longer receives injections

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.

Kazakh oppositionist released

Kazakh oppositionist released

On Tuesday, July 29, the Spanish court sanctioned the release of Kazakh oppositionist, Alexandr Pavlov subject to bail conditions.

The Kuramshin case discredits the EurAsEC

The Kuramshin case discredits the EurAsEC

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

Ngo.pl: Warsaw kicked the dictator’s ball!

Ngo.pl: Warsaw kicked the dictator’s ball!

The Internet portal ngo.pl publishes a report on the event organised by the Open Dialog Foundation on the occasion of 74th birthday of the Kazakhstan president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been ruling the country with an iron fist for 20 years.

Irish MP in defence of V. Kuramshin

Irish MP in defence of V. Kuramshin

In the lower chamber of the Irish Parliament, a hearing was held on 2 July concerning the Kazakh human rights activist, Vadim Kuramshin.

Vadim Kuramshin ends hunger strike

Vadim Kuramshin ends hunger strike

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.

Marcin Święcicki signed an appeal to Ukraine’s authorities

Marcin Święcicki signed an appeal to Ukraine’s authorities

Polish MP, Marcin Święcicki of Platforma Obywatelska (Citizens‘ Platform) addressed an appeal to Ukraine’s authorities urging them to discontinue their relations with the authoritarian regimes of Russia and Kazakhstan concerning the abuse of Interpol systems aimed at persecuting their political oppo

Isabel Santos meets imprisoned opposition leader

Isabel Santos meets imprisoned opposition leader

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

Vadim Kuramshin goes on hunger strike

Vadim Kuramshin goes on hunger strike

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.

Political persecution against the Kazakhstan dissident Aron Atabek

Political persecution against the Kazakhstan dissident Aron Atabek

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.

Report: Torture in Kazakhstan

Report: Torture in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is party to the Convention against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The conference about human rights in the Senate

The conference about human rights in the Senate

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.

Kazakh opposition politician Muratbek Ketebayev

Kazakh opposition politician Muratbek Ketebayev

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.

The story of Kazakhstan democratic choice opposition movement

The story of Kazakhstan democratic choice opposition movement

The story of KDC is an outstanding illustration to the very core issues of the Kazakhstan authoritarian regime, where all the power lies in the hands of a closed circle of decision makers with the President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the head

Report on misuse of the Interpol system

Report on misuse of the Interpol system

Kazakh authorities are exploiting the legal mechanisms of the International Criminal Police Organisation in order to persecute opponents of the regime.

Physical elimination of political opponents by Nazarbayev’s regime

Physical elimination of political opponents by Nazarbayev’s regime

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 Mukhtar Ablyazov

Political persecution of Mukhtar Ablyazov

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.

Observation mission members write to OSCE

Observation mission members write to OSCE

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.

Vadim Kuramshin laureate of the Ludovic-Trarieux Prize

Vadim Kuramshin laureate of the Ludovic-Trarieux Prize

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.

Kazakhstan nationalises pension funds

Kazakhstan nationalises pension funds

The creation of a new single pension fund in Kazakhstan is officially aimed at improving the state pension system. However, such a reform, in addition to the nationalisation of private savings funds, will concentrate most of the mandatory and voluntary pension savings in the hands of the state.

About Kazakhstan and visa problems in the Polskie Radio 24 (Polish Radio 24)

About Kazakhstan and visa problems in the Polskie Radio 24 (Polish Radio 24)

On 26 April, the Polish Radio 24 hosted Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek from the Open Dialog Foundation. The broadcast was held on the occasion of an opening of an international conference in Astana, devoted to the future of the region after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan

Kazakhstan’s silenced voices in Finland

Kazakhstan’s silenced voices in Finland

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

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

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

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

Mr. President, remember about human rights!

Mr. President, remember about human rights!

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

Kazakh security services on guard of Nazarbayev’s regime

Kazakh security services on guard of Nazarbayev’s regime

Criminal prosecution is one of the main instruments of political struggle in Kazakhstan; with this method, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has successfully eliminated his political opponents and critics for many years. National security services assist him in these endeavours

Polish parliamentarians in defence of journalists in Kazakhstan

Polish parliamentarians in defence of journalists in Kazakhstan

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

Kazakhstan: Roza Tuletayeva goes on hunger strike

Kazakhstan: Roza Tuletayeva goes on hunger strike

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.

Vladimir Kozlov does not receive proper medical care in prison

Vladimir Kozlov does not receive proper medical care in prison

During his stay in the colony, the health condition of the 52-year-old Kazakh oppositionist has considerably worsened. Due to the lack of necessary medical equipment and medical specialists in prison, Vladimir Kozlov does not receive adequate assistance

Kazakhstan journalism ban enacted

Kazakhstan journalism ban enacted

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.

The life of human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin is in danger

The life of human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin is in danger

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.

Askar Moldashev sentenced to suspended prison term

Askar Moldashev sentenced to suspended prison term

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.

Kazakhstan: a “bitter pill” for investors in the pharmaceutical market

Kazakhstan: a “bitter pill” for investors in the pharmaceutical market

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.

Kazakhstan: A change of key players in the oil sector

Kazakhstan: A change of key players in the oil sector

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

Aleksandr Bozhenko’s case

Aleksandr Bozhenko’s case

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

Kazakhstan: society criticises the draft of the new criminal law

Kazakhstan: society criticises the draft of the new criminal law

It is planned that on 1 January, 2014, Kazakhstan will introduce a new Code of Criminal Procedure. Human rights activists and lawyers fear that the new criminal legislation will unreasonably enhance the powers of the police and create conducive conditions for violations of human rights.

Vladimir Kozlov transferred to the Kazahstani Siberia

Vladimir Kozlov transferred to the Kazahstani Siberia

By the decision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Kazakhstan, the opposition politician has been convoyed to the penal colony outside the area of his residence, namely to Petropavlovsk, North Kazakhstan Province

Criminal prosecution of Askar Moldashev

Criminal prosecution of Askar Moldashev

The special services of Kazakhstan have initiated a criminal case against Askar Moldashev, the brother of Daniyar Moldashev and publisher of the ‘Golos Respubliki’ newspaper. His counsel and relatives claim evidence has been fabricated and that he is a victim of blackmail carried out by the NSC.

Human rights defender Asel Nurgaziyeva incarcerated for 12 days

Human rights defender Asel Nurgaziyeva incarcerated for 12 days

A court has sentenced Asel Nurgaziyeva to 12 days of incarceration, having accused her of disorderly conduct and disobeying police officers. The circumstances of the human rights defender’s arrest remain unclear. Nurgaziyeva’s lawyer claims provocation.

Why the Kazakhs ‘deserved’ Nazarbayev

Why the Kazakhs ‘deserved’ Nazarbayev

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

Hot September 2012: How it was

Hot September 2012: How it was

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

European Parliament resolution on Kazakhstan

European Parliament resolution on Kazakhstan

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

Court rejects an appeal by Vladimir Kozlov

Court rejects an appeal by Vladimir Kozlov

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.

Human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin arrested again

Human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin arrested again

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.

Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan: Wind of change

Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan: Wind of change

We present to you an information booklet, devoted to the turbulent situation in the Republicof Kazakhstan – the largest country in Central Asia and the third largest economy in the CIS (after Russia and Ukraine).

Askar Moldashev has been arrested

Askar Moldashev has been arrested

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

Kazakhstan: assassination of a witness of the Zhanaozen events

Kazakhstan: assassination of a witness of the Zhanaozen events

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

Has Kazakhstan changed? – A year after the shootings in Zhanaozen

Has Kazakhstan changed? – A year after the shootings in Zhanaozen

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 […]

Vladimir Kozlov faces 9 years’ imprisonment with confiscation of property

Vladimir Kozlov faces 9 years’ imprisonment with confiscation of property

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

Invitation to a press conference

Invitation to a press conference

The biggest political trial in which the accused is the main leader of the ‘Alga!’ opposition party, Vladimir Kozlov, is ongoing in Kazakhstan

First Monitoring Report Documents Violations in Kozlov Trial

First Monitoring Report Documents Violations in Kozlov Trial

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

Press announcement

Press announcement

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’

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

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

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

Kazakhstan: Ensure Fair Trial for Opposition Activists, Oil Worker

Kazakhstan: Ensure Fair Trial for Opposition Activists, Oil Worker

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

Zhanbolat Mamay released from arrest

Zhanbolat Mamay released from arrest

Justice prevails – right after Bolat Atabayev was released from arrest, a 24-year-old journalist Zhanbolat Mamay also regained his freedom

Ayzhangul Amirova released from custody

Ayzhangul Amirova released from custody

Ayzhangul Amirova, an activist of the opposition movement ‘Khalyk Maidany’ was released from custody where she has remained since the 6th of January, 2012.

Bolat Atabayev and Zhanbolat Mamai arrested

Bolat Atabayev and Zhanbolat Mamai arrested

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

CBN threatens wife of arrested Vladimir Kozlov

CBN threatens wife of arrested Vladimir Kozlov

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

“The Kazakhstan insider” bulletin, Vol. 6

“The Kazakhstan insider” bulletin, Vol. 6

This issue focuses on two pressing issues for the life of Kazakhstan, namely: the opposition of two groups: ‘doves’ and ‘hawks’ in Kazakhstan’s political elite, as well as the adequacy of current anti-terrorist rhetoric used by the country’s government.

Каzakhstan: how to pass a test on democracy?

Каzakhstan: how to pass a test on democracy?

In early March 2012 the international community placed high expectations on Kazakhstan. But the situation began to change dramatically after the prominent opposition leaders

The statement of the Open Dialog Foundation

The statement of the Open Dialog Foundation

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

Kazakhstan: a political thaw did not come

Kazakhstan: a political thaw did not come

Trials are closed to the media and international observers,oppression of the editorial staff of the ‘Golos Respubliki’ newspaper and opposition activists continues

World day against cyber-censorship. Kazakhstan

World day against cyber-censorship. Kazakhstan

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

Political persecutions in Kazakhstan

Political persecutions in Kazakhstan

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.

Newspaper editor Igor Vinyavsky still in prison

Newspaper editor Igor Vinyavsky still in prison

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

Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton following her meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov

Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton following her meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov

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 […]

Resolution of Investigation Department of the Committee for National Security

Resolution of Investigation Department of the Committee for National Security

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

Monitoring of the pre-election situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan 28.12.2011-03.01.2012

Monitoring of the pre-election situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan 28.12.2011-03.01.2012

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 […]

Zhanaozen

Zhanaozen

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

Zhanaozen

Zhanaozen

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

Mangistau urgently needs humanitarian aid!

Mangistau urgently needs humanitarian aid!

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

Pre-term elections as a way of maintaining power?

Pre-term elections as a way of maintaining power?

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.

“The Kazakhstan insider” bulletin, Vol. 1

“The Kazakhstan insider” bulletin, Vol. 1

This issue of the bulletin was prepared by the analytical department of the Open Dialog Foundation and it is devoted to the subject of oil sector workers protests in Western Kazakhstan.

Opening of photo exhibition in Radomsko “Kazakhstan, is it you?”

Opening of photo exhibition in Radomsko “Kazakhstan, is it you?”

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)…

Communiqué concerning the case of V.Kozlov

Communiqué concerning the case of V.Kozlov

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

Police is the tool of struggle against heterodoxy

Police is the tool of struggle against heterodoxy

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

Attacks on the Press 2010: Kazakhstan

Attacks on the Press 2010: Kazakhstan

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

Taxes – repression tool against mass media in Kazakhstan

Taxes – repression tool against mass media in Kazakhstan

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.