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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Petro Okhotin on the need to reform Interpol

Petro Okhotin on the need to reform Interpol

Deputy of the Ukrainian Svoboda party, Oleg Osuhovsky, and Petro Okhotin of the Open Dialog Foundation talked at the Verkhovna Rada about the abuse of Interpol mechanisms by façade democracies such as Kazakhstan and Russia.

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.

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.

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.

Manuela Serra appealed to the President of France

Manuela Serra appealed to the President of France

Italian Senator, Manuela Serra, wrote a letter to President of France, Francois Hollande with regard to Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh dissident, currently in custody in France awaiting extradition, the main political opponent of President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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.

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

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

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

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

Liberation: Putin’s Justice in a French Court

Liberation: Putin’s Justice in a French Court

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

Kosma Złotowski in Mukhtar Ablyazov’s case

Kosma Złotowski in Mukhtar Ablyazov’s case

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

Court in Lyon authorised extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov

Court in Lyon authorised extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov

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

Meeting with Salil Shetty

Meeting with Salil Shetty

On 7th September, Petro Ohotin of the Open Dialog Foundation met, in Kiev, with Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Urgent! Negative Internet Campaign against M. Ablyazov

Urgent! Negative Internet Campaign against M. Ablyazov

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.

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.

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

Polish Parliamentarians’ Appeal to Ukraine’s Authorities

Polish Parliamentarians’ Appeal to Ukraine’s Authorities

MPs of the “Twój Ruch” (Your Move) parliamentary group Tomasz Makowski, Łukasz Krupa, Artur Debski, Maciej Mroczek and Robert Biedron, signed an appeal to Ukraine’s authorities expressing their concern over the practice of handing over political refugees and opponents to non-democratic states.

Statement on refugees

Statement on refugees

We are deeply concerned over the fact that the judicial bodies in Ukraine could not abandon the practices which took place during the government of Viktor Yanukovych as well as previously.

Russia is abusing the mechanisms of Interpol

Russia is abusing the mechanisms of Interpol

On 11 April, 2014, a press conference entitled ‘Combating authoritarian regimes: an examination of extraditions requested by Ukraine and the expulsion of violators of the Charter from Interpol’ was held at the UNIAN premises.

Demonstration in defence of refugees

Demonstration in defence of refugees

On the 26th February in Paris, a demonstration was held in defence of political refugees from countries of the former Soviet Union. The protesters gathered near the building of the French Ministry of Justice.

Statement by the Open Dialog Foundation

Statement by the Open Dialog Foundation

With relation to the ‘Lobbyści oligarchy’ article the Open Dialog Foundation feels obliged to its benefactors and donors as well as anyone and everyone involved in human rights, democracy and rule of law activity, and subsequently wishes to publish the following statement.

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.

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.

How Europe helps the ‘hunters’ of Ablyazov

How Europe helps the ‘hunters’ of Ablyazov

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

Kazakh authorities demand the extradition of Alexandr Pavlov

Kazakh authorities demand the extradition of Alexandr Pavlov

Kazakh authorities are trying to extradite Mukhtar Ablyazov’s former bodyguard Alexandr Pavlov. In view of the vague nature of the charges, the Open Dialog Foundation calls upon the authorities of the Kingdom of Spain to prevent the extradition of A. Pavlov to Kazakhstan

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