Voices of Kazakhstan #5 post-election review of electoral irregularities

Voices of Kazakhstan #5 post-election review of electoral irregularities

15.01.2021
Electoral fraud, obstruction of independent observers & massive arbitrary arrests. Welcome to elections in Kazakhstan Kazakhstan fails to meet OSCE standards for democratic elections – in its statement of preliminary findings and conclusions the observation mission points out to: lack of competition, limiting voters’ fundamental rights & freedoms, and the politicized Central Electoral Commission (CEC). […]
Voices of Kazakhstan #3: pre-election review of human rights situation (23 Dec-3 Jan)

Voices of Kazakhstan #3: pre-election review of human rights situation (23 Dec-3 Jan)

05.01.2021
Kazakh regime flexes its muscles in the run-up to the January elections Tightening the authoritarian grip (source: Int. media coverage) Despite the encouraging news of Kazakhstan abolishing the death penalty on Jan 2nd, the wider picture is not all so rosy. With the elections approaching, the authorities put further pressure on the civil society – […]
Kazakhstan’s Kafkaesque dictatorship: the authorities “playing rodeo” with its critics

Kazakhstan’s Kafkaesque dictatorship: the authorities “playing rodeo” with its critics

24.12.2020
On Dec 21st, armed to teeth Kazakhstani officers stormed the houses and farms of Eric and Kalyk Mendigazievs. As the official line went, they were investigating the theft of 10 horses. In a rush to find them, they checked all the usual places: wardrobes, baths, and sofas – not bothering to visit the stables… This ludicrous operation of the security forces has taken aback even the horses’ owner himself, stunned that the theft was used as a pretext for harassment of his fellow farmers. Yet, this kafkaesque sequence of events has become depressingly familiar to those monitoring the ways and means of pursuing the opponents and critics of the regime. And, although the story sounds all Borat, unlike Borat that is just a comedy, the ongoing situation in the country is a far cry from it. The odd “rodeo” played by the authorities is really just another attempt to silence Eric and Kalyk’s close relative and human rights defender, Barlyk Mendigaziev.
Voices of Kazakhstan #2: pre-election review of human rights situation

Voices of Kazakhstan #2: pre-election review of human rights situation

23.12.2020
Please, listen to the citizens of Kazakhstan January 10, 2021, is upon us, and with it comes a critical time for Kazakhstani civil society. With the parliamentary election looming large, the authorities are trying to ruthlessly silence any voice of dissent. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan plays a deceptive game with the international community by inviting – to […]
Voices of Kazakhstan #1: pre-election review of human rights situation

Voices of Kazakhstan #1: pre-election review of human rights situation

11.12.2020
With the parliamentary election in Kazakhstan looming large, the authorities are trying to ruthlessly silence any voice of dissent. Since June 2020, we have observed a significant deterioration of the human rights situation in the country – the latest figures show at least 28 political prisoners and 95 cases of ongoing political persecutions. Now, just a month before the January 10 elections, the regime is using Chinese technology to attempt to cut the citizens off from the internet and social networks, which provide the only alternate source of reliable information and the only channel through which citizens can report electoral fraud. Simultaneously, the Central Election Commission has just imposed further draconian restrictions on election observers’ rights that amount to a de facto ban on their participation altogether. The authorities also rushed to ban online donations for NGOs. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan plays a deceptive game with the international community by inviting – to only a limited number of polling stations – ODIHR international observers.
Could Polish president Duda’s anti-LGBT rhetoric spell trouble for PiS?

Could Polish president Duda’s anti-LGBT rhetoric spell trouble for PiS?

19.06.2020
Polish President Andrzej Duda’s focus on the “LGBT threat” is a retreat to a well-used trope ahead of the presidential elections. But will it work, asks Martin Mycielski.
Can Rafał Trzaskowski reverse the fortunes of Poland’s opposition?

Can Rafał Trzaskowski reverse the fortunes of Poland’s opposition?

22.05.2020
In an interview with Emerging Europe, ODF representatives Katarzyna Szczypska and Martin Mycielski spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of the delayed start of the opposition candidate Rafał Trzaskowski in Polish presidential election, his chances of defeating the current President and also why these elections may be the last fight for the Polish democracy.
Can the elections in May kill? Interview with Martin Mycielski for Suomen Kuvalehti

Can the elections in May kill? Interview with Martin Mycielski for Suomen Kuvalehti

02.04.2020
Before the announced presidential election on May 10 in Poland, the Director of Public Affairs of the Open Dialogue Foundation Martin Mycielski gave an interview to the Finnish magazine Suomen Kuvalehti, in which he assessed the real chances of conducting safe and constitutional elections.
Poland’s incredulous presidential election

Poland’s incredulous presidential election

30.03.2020
As incredible as it may seem in the current climate, with most of Europe on lockdown and national elections cancelled in Serbia and North Macedonia, Poland appears determined to go ahead with its presidential vote, set to be held on May 10. A second round, if needed, would take place two weeks later
Poland’s sham presidential election in a pandemic

Poland’s sham presidential election in a pandemic

27.03.2020
Some 25 countries have decided to postpone their upcoming elections, with the last few – mostly regional or in tiny states – being held in early March.
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

02.08.2019
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
ODF & FIDU event on post-election scenarios in Moldova, Kazakhstan & Ukraine in Council of Europe

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

29.07.2019
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”.
Poland’s PiS prepares ‘failsafe’​ for October election

Poland’s PiS prepares ‘failsafe’​ for October election

22.07.2019
Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party doesn’t shy away from the authoritarian playbook to secure their power. While the battle with the European Commission over the rule of law rages on, PiS is discreetly trying to tweak electoral law in their favour.
Election in Kazakhstan: Gross falsifications and mass arrests of peaceful protesters

Election in Kazakhstan: Gross falsifications and mass arrests of peaceful protesters

21.06.2019
Nazarbayev’s protege Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev expectedly won the presidential elections in Kazakhstan. The elections were fully controlled and constituted merely an imitation of the electoral process. A lack of trust in the election results is not only due to the lack of legislative conditions for fair
PACE side-event invitation: “Post-elections scenarios in Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan”

PACE side-event invitation: “Post-elections scenarios in Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan”

10.06.2019
This side-event is aimed at bringing together CSOs and Members of PACE who took part in election and human rights observation missions, with the goal to discuss the current situation and attitude of the new and old ruling elites towards the challenges of the future.