The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) is a non-governmental, non-partisan organization established in Poland, in 2009. The statutory objectives of the Foundation include promotion, support and protection of human rights, democracy and rule of law in the post-Soviet area.
On 20 March, 2014, the Kazakh political prisoner Vladimir Kozlov was transferred from a remote colony in North-Kazakhstan Province to a colony in close proximity to his place of residence in Almaty Province.
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 Dialogue Foundation regarding the Kazakh oppositionist’s health condition
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.
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.
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 Open Dialogue 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.
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