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The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on human rights in the Republic of Kazakhstan

30 April 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.

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

20 March 2020

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.

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

19 February 2020

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?

19 February 2020

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).

List of Kazakhstani political prisoners and other politically prosecuted persons

31 January 2020

This report examines the cases of 56 victims of politically motivated criminal prosecutions in Kazakhstan. Among them, at least 16 are political prisoners who remain in prisons or pre-trial detention facilities.

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

20 November 2019

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

7 November 2019

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 […]

Strengthened China-Kazakhstan Relations: What Impact on Human Rights?

5 November 2019

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).

List of Kazakhstani political prisoners and other politically prosecuted persons (updated)

4 November 2019

This report examines the cases of 39 individuals who are currently subject to politically motivated criminal prosecution in Kazakhstan. Among them, 21 are political prisoners who remain in prisons or pre-trial detention facilities.

False accusations of the head of the delegation of Kazakhstan at OSCE HDIM 2019

18 September 2019

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.

Servants of the Regime: Who Prosecutes Peaceful Protesters in Kazakhstan

3 September 2019

The Open Dialogue Foundation has managed to gather the names of 136 police officers, investigators, security officers, prosecutors and judges who participated in politically motivated prosecutions of peaceful protesters.

Kazakhstan After the 6th of July 2019: Authorities Persecute and Imprison the Participants of Peaceful Protests

15 August 2019

On 6 July 2019, rallies were planned in various cities of Kazakhstan to demand that the results of the presidential election be cancelled and Nazarbayev be deprived of power, as well as against Chinese expansion. Law enforcement agencies detained about 700 peaceful protesters in different places.

ODF & FIDU event on post-election scenarios in Moldova, Kazakhstan & Ukraine in Council of Europe

29 July 2019

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”.

PACE Assembly: all forms of cooperation with Kazakhstan must be reconsidered in response to its rigged presidential election and mass arrests

19 July 2019

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.

ODF in Washington D.C. on post-election developments in Kazakhstan and the crisis of civil rights in Poland

3 July 2019

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.

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