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Can Europe turn Nazarbayev into a democrat?

16 March 2013

On May15, 2013, during a joint debate held at Collegium Civitas, members of the academic community, world of politics, media and NGOs talked about the shape of Europe’s cooperation with Kazakhstan and the meaning of foreign consultants, advising this authoritarian state on its path towards democracy

International response concerning the recognition of the “Vzglyad” and “one media outlet “Respublika” as extremist

10 March 2013

The critical deterioration of the situation of freedom of speech in Kazakhstan has been publicly announced by representatives of Kazakhstan community and European politicians

The life of human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin is in danger

5 March 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.

Askar Moldashev sentenced to suspended prison term

28 February 2013

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.

Askar Moldashev’s case: the prosecutor has no legal grounds for criminal prosecution

7 February 2013

Prosecutors mitigated the charges against Askar Moldashev, the brother of Daniyar Moldashev, the publisher of the ‘Golos Respubliki’ newspaper

Court reduces the sentence of former oil executives in Zhanaozen

6 February 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.

Renowned human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin sentenced to 12 years in a strict regime prison with confiscation of property

29 January 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.

Aleksandr Bozhenko’s case

28 January 2013

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

Court doesn’t acquit oil workers and residents of the village of Shetpe, convicted of participation in mass disorders on the 16-17 December, 2011

18 January 2013

In Kazakhstan, sentences against participants of the tragic events in Zhanaozen and Shetpe village have been revised. The decisions of the appellate board did not meet the expectations of the public.

Monitoring of judicial processes against Kazakh media outlets

3 January 2013

In the period from 22 November, 2012 to 28 December, 2012, members of the Observation Mission to Observe Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Republic of Kazakhstan visited Kazakhstan.

Vladimir Kozlov transferred to the Kazahstani Siberia

25 December 2012

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

The NSC have sealed-off offices and confiscated property of independent media outlets and opposition organisations

18 December 2012

In connection with the criminal case against opposition politician Muratbek Ketebayev, the staff of the National Security Committee have sealed-off offices and confiscated the propertyof several independent medias and opposition groups

Criminal prosecution of Askar Moldashev

16 December 2012

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

6 December 2012

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.

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