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).

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

15.10.2019

Between Monday 16 and Friday 27 September 2019, representatives of the Open Dialogue Foundation Xheni Dani, Joanna Cuper and Maksym Sytnikov participated in the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting held in Warsaw. Our representatives delivered several statements in which they raised is

Recommendations on human rights situation in Kazakhstan in view of upcoming presidential election

Recommendations on human rights situation in Kazakhstan in view of upcoming presidential election

31.05.2019

On the occasion of snap Presidential election in Kazakhstan announced for June 9, the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) has listed a set of recommendations on the human rights record in Kazakhstan for the EU, OSCE PA and foreign missions on the ground.

The UN Universal Periodic Review of Kazakhstan for consideration at the 34th session of the UPR Working Group in November 2019

The UN Universal Periodic Review of Kazakhstan for consideration at the 34th session of the UPR Working Group in November 2019

02.04.2019

ODF, FIDU and KHISR present this Submission with recommendations within the framework of the consideration of the UPR of Kazakhstan. Over more than nine years, ODF has presented expert opinion on human rights in Kazakhstan, obtaining information from first hand and in-country experience.

A turbulent February in Kazakhstan: hundreds of detained and persecuted participants of peaceful assemblies

A turbulent February in Kazakhstan: hundreds of detained and persecuted participants of peaceful assemblies

07.03.2019

In February 2019, mass peaceful protests, unprecedented in their scale and nature of demands, were held in different regions of Kazakhstan. Protesters complained of poverty and corruption, demanding reforms, improvement of social security and the resignation of the President.

PACE Members: “Assistance funds for the judiciary in Kazakhstan: need for an audit”

PACE Members: “Assistance funds for the judiciary in Kazakhstan: need for an audit”

13.02.2019

During the 2019 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, PACE members touched upon various different issues of global interest, from problems of objectivity to media freedom and legal tools to enable the Council of Europe’s governments to adopt sanctions programmes.

Letter of appeal to OSCE General Secretary from Kazakhstani human rights defenders

Letter of appeal to OSCE General Secretary from Kazakhstani human rights defenders

15.10.2018

On 9 October 2018, over 150 Kazakhstani representatives of human rights organisations and Kazakhstani citizens signed an open letter to Ambassador T. Greminger, General Secretary of the OSCE, in view of his visit to Astana to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the OSCE office in Kazakhstan.

Open letter to Nazarbayev: MEPs denounce human rights violations in Kazakhstan

Open letter to Nazarbayev: MEPs denounce human rights violations in Kazakhstan

18.07.2018

On 12 July 2018, eight MEPs signed an open letter addressed to President Nazarbayev decrying the human rights situation in Kazakhstan. MEPs J. Stetina, P. Austrevicius, T. Kelam, W. Klinz, A. Gomes, H. Hautala, V. Mazuronis and J. Nart denounced the reduction of the space for civil liberties.

Police disperse protest action near Ukrainian parliament building

Police disperse protest action near Ukrainian parliament building

07.03.2018

On 3 March 2018, the police used brutal force to disperse a many-months-long protest near the Ukrainian parliament building. As a result of clashes between police and protesters, more than 100 people were detained.

The Council of Europe should not turn a blind eye to despotic actions of Kazakhstani dictator

The Council of Europe should not turn a blind eye to despotic actions of Kazakhstani dictator

07.11.2017

On 12 October, 2017 the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy adopted a report by Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD) “The relations of the Council of Europe with Kazakhstan”

The list of Kazakhstani political prisoners and persons subjected to politically motivated prosecution by Kazakhstan

The list of Kazakhstani political prisoners and persons subjected to politically motivated prosecution by Kazakhstan

12.10.2017

In modern Kazakhstan, activists and journalists receive prison terms for civil and trade union activities, for public criticism of the authorities, for participating in peaceful rallies, for publishing and sharing posts on social networks, and for conducting journalistic investigations.

Kazakhstan: Maks Bokayev and Talgat Ayan sentenced to five years in prison for their participation in a peaceful rally

Kazakhstan: Maks Bokayev and Talgat Ayan sentenced to five years in prison for their participation in a peaceful rally

28.11.2016

On 28 November, 2016, a Kazakh court sentenced activists Maks Bokayev and Talgat Ayan to five years in prison. The court also banned them for three years from engaging in social activities and ordered them to pay 530,250 tenge (approximately 1,500 euros).

Report: Oppression of participants in rallies against Land Reform in Kazakhstan

Report: Oppression of participants in rallies against Land Reform in Kazakhstan

12.10.2016

The Kazakh authorities have detained more than 1,000 and arrested more than 30 protesters. Several activists, who, via social networks, expressed their intention to attend rallies faced criminal charges of ‘attempting to seize power’, ‘inciting social and national hatred’.

Kazakhstan rejects statements of the UN, EU and OSCE on violations of human rights

Kazakhstan rejects statements of the UN, EU and OSCE on violations of human rights

30.11.2015

While rejecting criticism from the international community, Kazakhstan is tightening its grip on civil society. However, a desire to preserve its image forces authorities to resort to making some concessions in the cases of political prisoners.