MEPs call for preventing the extradition of Kazakhstani journalist Zhanara Akhmetova from Ukraine

MEPs call for preventing the extradition of Kazakhstani journalist Zhanara Akhmetova from Ukraine

22.05.2020

On May 14, 2020, the decision to grant asylum to a prominent Kazakhstani journalist and oppositionist, Zhanara Akhmetova, and her 12-year-old son, was reversed by the Supreme Court of Ukraine, acting as a last instance court. Akhmetova is one of the leaders of the country’s biggest opposition movement “Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan”.

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

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

19.02.2020

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?

Kazakhstan: A dialogue or bluff?

19.02.2020

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).

Statement re. event organised by EU Today in the European Parliament on 23 January 2020

Statement re. event organised by EU Today in the European Parliament on 23 January 2020

10.02.2020

We have recently learned of an event held in the European Parliament on January 23rd, 2020, organised by the “EU Today” website. The event’s title, “NGOs: between public good and bad governance”, would suggest the event covered an interesting and important topic, the functioning of NGOs in the EU. Unfortunately, as we’ve learned from one of the unlucky participants of the event, this title was just disguise for another action by “EU Today” founder, former UKIP employee, far-right racist and Holocaust denier, Gary Cartwright, aiming to discredit ODF and our work, specifically in Kazakhstan.

Statement re. event organised by EU Today in the European Parliament on 23 January 2020

Statement re. event organised by EU Today in the European Parliament on 23 January 2020

10.02.2020

We have recently learned of an event held in the European Parliament on January 23rd, 2020, organised by the “EU Today” website. The event’s title, “NGOs: between public good and bad governance”, would suggest the event covered an interesting and important topic, the functioning of NGOs in the EU. Unfortunately, as we’ve learned from one […]

ODF in the EP in Strasbourg: the Fall of Sandu’s Government in Moldova

ODF in the EP in Strasbourg: the Fall of Sandu’s Government in Moldova

19.12.2019

On December 18-19, 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation’s team, together with human rights defenders from Moldova, conducted very constructive meetings in the European Parliament in plenary session in Strasbourg. The delegation consisted of Ana Ursachi, attorney prosecuted for political reasons, Stefan Gligor, co-founder and Justice and Advocacy Program Director at the Center for Policies and Reforms, Stella Juntuan, activist and former member of the Moldovan parliament, Grigore Petrenco, political refugee in Germany and leader of the Red Bloc opposition party, and was led by our colleague Martin Mycielski, Public Affairs Director at ODF.

“Law and Justice’s Campaign against Polish Judiciary” – ODF’s hearing in the European Parliament

“Law and Justice’s Campaign against Polish Judiciary” – ODF’s hearing in the European Parliament

17.12.2019

In light of the ongoing assault on the independence of the judiciary in Poland by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party – and especially the recently-exposed hate campaign against judges and prosecutors, orchestrated by the justice ministry itself – the Renew Europe group and the Open Dialogue Foundation have organised on December 12th, 2019, a European Parliament lunch debate with prosecutors and judges persecuted in Poland.

ODF welcomes persecuted Polish judges and prosecutors in Brussels

ODF welcomes persecuted Polish judges and prosecutors in Brussels

16.12.2019

ODF is proud to have organised a high-level mission to Brussels of the most famous “disobedient” Polish judges & prosecutors – the leading victims of the systemic persecution & defamation of the independent judiciary in the country: judges Waldemar Żurek & Dariusz Mazur and prosecutors Krzysztof Parchimowicz & Ewa Wrzosek.

Polish media about the conference organised by the ODF in the EP with the participation of persecuted Polish judges

Polish media about the conference organised by the ODF in the EP with the participation of persecuted Polish judges

13.12.2019

On Thursday, 12 December 2019, the European Parliament held a conference entitled „The Law and Justice Campaign against the Polish Judiciary”, organised by the Renew Europe group and the Open Dialogue Foundation. The event found reverberation in the Polish media, both pro-government and independent.

MEPs welcome Sakharov Prize winner Oleg Sentsov

MEPs welcome Sakharov Prize winner Oleg Sentsov

02.12.2019

On 26 November 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) and the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) hosted a European Parliament breakfast under the title “Ukrainian Hostages of the Kremlin: How to Release Them All?”. The event was organised upon the initiative of the MEPs Petras Auštrevičius (Renew Europe; Lithuania), Viola von Cramon-Taubadel (Greens/EFA, Germany) and Julie Ward (S&D; UK).

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

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

20.11.2019

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 […]

PACE Members: “Magnitsky laws” sanctions must be imposed in response to political prosecution in Kazakhstan

PACE Members: “Magnitsky laws” sanctions must be imposed in response to political prosecution in Kazakhstan

15.04.2019

During the Spring session of the PACE, 22 members signed a written declaration under the title “Magnitsky laws sanctions must be imposed in response to political prosecution in Kazakhstan” tabled by André Gattolin, the French senator and member of the French delegation to the Council of Europe

A new resolution of the European Parliament urges Kazakhstan to put an end to all forms of political repression

A new resolution of the European Parliament urges Kazakhstan to put an end to all forms of political repression

21.03.2019

Following a debate during the Plenary session of March 14, the European Parliament voted on a resolution taking stock of the human rights situation in Kazakhstan, urging national authorities to “put an end to human rights abuses and all forms of political repression”.

“MEPs call for EU Magnitsky Act to impose sanctions on human rights abusers”

“MEPs call for EU Magnitsky Act to impose sanctions on human rights abusers”

14.03.2019

On 14 March 2019, in Strasbourg, MEPs voted in favour of an EU human rights sanctions regime, following a proposal by the Dutch government in November 2018 and voted unanimously by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council in December last year. The resolution was adopted by wide majority, 447 to 70.

MEPs address HR/VP Mogherini on the case of dismissed judge Malik Kenzhaliyev

MEPs address HR/VP Mogherini on the case of dismissed judge Malik Kenzhaliyev

26.02.2019

Last Tuesday, on February 19th, a group of Members of EP constituted by Ana Gomes, Barbara Lochbihler, Mady Delvaux-Stehres, Tunne Kelam, Elmar Brok, Patricia Lalonde, Brando Benifei and Julie Ward, addressed a letter to Federica Mogherini, concerning the removal of judge from office in Kazakhstan.

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