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ODF and FIDU addresses the Italian Senate on the impact of COVID-19 on human rights

ODF and FIDU addresses the Italian Senate on the impact of COVID-19 on human rights

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) and Federazione Italiana Diritti Umani (FIDU) are back on track after the lockdown with a real-life press conference “The Authoritarian Epidemic: Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of COVID-19”. The conference was held on 29 July 2020, at Sala Caduti di Nassirya of the Italian Senate, in Rome, Italy.

“The Toll of COVID-19 on Human Rights” – a joint report by ODF and FIDU

“The Toll of COVID-19 on Human Rights” – a joint report by ODF and FIDU

The coronavirus outbreak has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. As of 22 June 2020, the WHO had reported cases of COVID-19 in more than 216 countries and more than 8,844,171 people infected worldwide. The scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic clearly rises to the level […]

Polish citizens deprived of their “right to know”. Our intervention at OSCE

Polish citizens deprived of their “right to know”. Our intervention at OSCE

Since the Law and Justice party (PiS) came to power in 2015, the Polish authorities purposefully obstruct access to information – either by refusing to provide information, delays in responding or delivering incomplete information. This both unconstitutional and undemocratic practice is yet another example of Poland going rogue under the PiS leadership, stated our advocacy officer, Katarzyna Szczypska, at the Second Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM), and urged the OSCE bodies to take a firm stance and discipline the Polish authorities to comply with the organisation’s principles.

The Case of Zhanara Akhmetova: Ukraine Is in Haste to Arrest and to Extradite Kazakhstani Journalist

The Case of Zhanara Akhmetova: Ukraine Is in Haste to Arrest and to Extradite Kazakhstani Journalist

A prominent Kazakhstani journalist and opposition activist Zhanara Akhmetova could be illegally extradited from Ukraine to Kazakhstan at any time. According to our sources, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine is already preparing to place her under extradition arrest. On 19 May 2020, Akhmetova got a decision by the Supreme Court of Ukraine depriving her of the chance to be granted asylum. The decision was adopted in haste during the quarantine. It was also adopted without taking into account the arguments of Akhmetova’s lawyers.

Kazakhstani Journalist Risks Extradition From Ukraine

Kazakhstani Journalist Risks Extradition From Ukraine

On May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of Ukraine, acting as a last instance court, reversed the decision of the previous instance and declined to grant asylum to a prominent Kazakhstani journalist and oppositionist, Zhanara Akhmetova. The hearing was held without the presence of Akhmetova’s attorney. Akhmetova can be extradited to Kazakhstan anytime. If extradited, she faces torture and unfair trial. With all avenues for appeal having been formally exhausted, it is only the international community that can block the unlawful expulsion.

ODF’s recommendations on the adoption of Magnitsky-style sanctions in Australian legislation

ODF’s recommendations on the adoption of Magnitsky-style sanctions in Australian legislation

ODF is a long-standing promoter and advocate of the Global Magnitsky Act. Hence, as a response to the inquiry into whether Australia should examine the use of targeted sanctions to address human rights abuses, ODF submitted its recommendations with the aim of encouraging the adoption of Magnitsky-style sanctions in the national legislation. Our submission, authored by ODF’s team, is available on the Parliament’s website, after becoming an official document of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade – Human Rights sub-committee.

ODF’s policy paper on Central Asia published by the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

ODF’s policy paper on Central Asia published by the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the think tank of the EPP, has just published a new research paper entitled “EU Human Rights Promotion in Central Asia – Between the Dragon and the Bear”, written by ODF’s analysts Igor Savchenko, Kateryna Savchenko and Andriy Osavoliuk. The research paper consists of six sections, tackling a wide range of topics, from the promotion of human rights in Central Asia from the EU’s security perspective, to China and Russia’s influence in the region, including an analysis of how Central Asian regimes have progressively adopted human rights violations from Russia and China.

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

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?

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).

The Open Dialogue Foundation supports the adoption of Australian legislation comparable to the Global Magnitsky Act

The Open Dialogue Foundation supports the adoption of Australian legislation comparable to the Global Magnitsky Act

Despite the fact that we do not deal directly with issues related to religious freedom, we consider it to be one of the fundamental human rights. That is why we supported activists from non-governmental organisations, associated in the American group called International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable, which sent a letter to the Australian Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on the adoption of legislation comparable to the Global Magnitsky Act.

“Are there any threats to Ukraine from China and how can they be minimised?” – discussion in Kyiv

“Are there any threats to Ukraine from China and how can they be minimised?” – discussion in Kyiv

On 11 December 2019 in Kyiv, within the framework of the IV National Human Rights Non-Conference, a discussion was held on the topic: “Are there any threats to Ukraine from China and how can they be minimised?”. The event was organised by the Open Dialogue Foundation in collaboration with the Ukrainian Free Hong Kong Centre, the Qaharman Human Rights Initiative (Kazakhstan) and the Human Rights Agenda. The discussion was moderated by human rights defender Maksym Sytnikov (Open Dialogue Foundation).

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

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 […]

ODF, CCL & FIDU at PACE: strengthening international human rights mechanisms

ODF, CCL & FIDU at PACE: strengthening international human rights mechanisms

During the last PACE Autumn session (30-4 October), together with the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) and the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) we had the pleasure to host: Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker recently released from Russian custody; Kazakhstani human rights defenders Bota Jar

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 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

ODF organises two side-events at OSCE HDIM 2019

ODF organises two side-events at OSCE HDIM 2019

During the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, ODF will be in Warsaw with a delegation of human rights defenders and activists. The first event will take place on Wednesday 18 at 8:15 in Meeting Room 1.

Farewell to Bogusław Stanisławski

Farewell to Bogusław Stanisławski

It was with deep sorrow and regret that we received the news of the death of Bogusław Stanisławski – our friend, a great man, Board member of the Open Dialogue Foundation in the years 2014-2018.

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

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

17 U.S. senators write to Kazakh President on Yerimbetov case

17 U.S. senators write to Kazakh President on Yerimbetov case

Seventeen US senators wrote a letter of concern to Kazakh President Tokayev calling for the release of political prisoner Iskander Yerimbetov. The July 29 letter is a bipartisan initiative by senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez, with other signatories including Bernie Sanders and Tim Kaine.

A political prisoner Ablovas Dzhumaev is free!

A political prisoner Ablovas Dzhumaev is free!

On September 20, 2018, Aktau City Court Judge Oralbay Nagashibaev sentenced Dzhumaev to three years’ imprisonment for participating in the Telegram chat of the banned peaceful opposition movement DCK. The court found him guilty of “incitement to hatred” and “calls for a

Invitation: Italian Parliament seminar on Global Magnitsky Act

Invitation: Italian Parliament seminar on Global Magnitsky Act

Upon the initiative of Italian Deputy Lia Quartapelle Procopio, the Italian Federation for Human Rights and ODF invite you to attend the international seminar “International protection of human rights and individual responsibility: Towards an Italian and European Magnitsky legislation”

Stakeholders and CSOs discuss Global Magnitsky Act at Italian Senate

Stakeholders and CSOs discuss Global Magnitsky Act at Italian Senate

On Thursday 28 March, 2019, FIDU, ODF, the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) and the EU–Russian Expert Group on Combating Transborder Corruption organised an international conference on the application of the Magnitsky law, at the premises of the Italian Senate.

Free political prisoners in Kazakhstan

Free political prisoners in Kazakhstan

Human rights violations and politically motivated persecution continue in Kazakhstan. It is high time the EU raised its voice in opposition!

European Commission refutes allegations by two MEPs against ODF

European Commission refutes allegations by two MEPs against ODF

The Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) received a letter from the office of Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, providing responses and explanations regarding the two Polish MEPs’ questioning of the legitimacy of ODF’s registration on the Transparency Register

Press release: Moldova at the crossroads, say MEPs

Press release: Moldova at the crossroads, say MEPs

The recent political, reform agenda, human rights and media freedom situation in Moldova were debated today in the European Parliament in Brussels at a conference organised by Members Anna Fotyga, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Renate Weber and Rebecca Harms in co-operation with the Open Dialog Foundation.

Invitation to a conference “Moldova at the crossroads”

Invitation to a conference “Moldova at the crossroads”

On behalf of the Open Dialog Foundation and Members of the European Parliament Mrs Anna Fotyga, Ms Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Mrs Renate Weber and Mrs Rebecca Harms, we would like to kindly invite you to a conference dedicated to the current political and human rights situation in the Republic of Moldov

Leonidas Donskis in the reminiscences of Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Leonidas Donskis in the reminiscences of Lyudmyla Kozlovska

In September 2016, Leonidas Donskis, a Lithuanian MEP, philosopher, essayist and academic teacher died prematurely. The article, devoted to him by Portal 15min, includes the reminiscences of him by President of the Open Dialog Foundation Lyudmyla Kozlovska.

The ODF discussed human rights in the post-Soviet region at the OSCE

The ODF discussed human rights in the post-Soviet region at the OSCE

Between 23 and 24 February, 2017, a representative of the Open Dialog Foundation was present at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting 2017 in Vienna. The aim of the visit was to discuss the current human rights and political situation in the post-Soviet region.

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.

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

On 10-14 October 2016, during the 4th plenary session of the PACE, a world-wide #StopPutinsWarInUkraine action will take place and photos of political prisoners and histories of their persecution will be published on social media within the #LetMyPeopleGo campaign.

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

On 28-30.09.2016, the Open Dialog Foundation joined again the European Forum for New Ideas, held since 2011 in Sopot. The discussion on the violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts was co-organised by the ODF together with the Initiative of Global Compact Network Poland.

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

On 28-30.09.2016, the Open Dialog Foundation joined again the European Forum for New Ideas, held since 2011 in Sopot. The discussion on the violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts was co-organised by the ODF together with the Initiative of Global Compact Network Poland.

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.

The problem of prolonged detention in Ukraine. Experts discussion

The problem of prolonged detention in Ukraine. Experts discussion

On 28 July, 2016, attorneys and NGO representatives discussed the results of the study, carried out by the Open Dialog Foundation. It was devoted to the issue of ‘The excessive length of detention in Ukraine in breach of reasonable time of criminal proceedings’.

The problem of prolonged detention in Ukraine. Experts discussion

The problem of prolonged detention in Ukraine. Experts discussion

On 28 July, 2016, attorneys and NGO representatives discussed the results of the study, carried out by the ODF. It was held under the auspices of the UBA and was devoted to the issue of ‘The excessive length of detention in Ukraine in breach of reasonable time of criminal proceedings’.

Support the campaign #LetMyPeopleGo

Support the campaign #LetMyPeopleGo

We have a good chance to force the international community to talk more about Ukrainian Hostages of Kremlin. The campaign #LetMyPeopleGo joined the list of finalists of the international competition of online activism Deutsche Welle DW – The Bobs. Everyone of us can help it to win.

Erasmus+ traineeship programme

Erasmus+ traineeship programme

The European Union offers financial support for European students who want to do an internship within the European Union. Any public or private organisations active in the labour market can be the receiving bodies.

New names on “Savchenko List”

New names on “Savchenko List”

Due to the recent extremely worrying developments and following consultations with Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyers, as well as with the representatives of the Russian opposition and civil society we have decided to broaden the “Savchenko List” with new names and to make it public.

Russian opposition calls for “Savchenko List”

Russian opposition calls for “Savchenko List”

At the end of the Free Russia Forum the participating representatives of the Russian opposition and civil society adopted a resolution supporting the call for the introduction of personal sanctions against individuals responsible for the persecution of the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.

Russia’s ignoring of European Court of Human Rights decisions

Russia’s ignoring of European Court of Human Rights decisions

Russia is one of the leaders in terms of the overall number of registered applications it has filed against it in the European Court of Human Rights. In December 2015, Russia adopted legislative amendments which means that decisions issued by the ECHR and other international courts are not enforced.

The case of Aleksander Orlow

The case of Aleksander Orlow

For more than 15 years, the illegal prosecution of a 60-year-old citizen of Poland, a member of the Union of Journalists of Ukraine, human rights activist and father of three, including two minors, Aleksander Orlow, has been ongoing in Ukraine.

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.

ODF drafted recommendations on the reform of Interpol

ODF drafted recommendations on the reform of Interpol

The Open Dialog Foundation welcomes the decision of the General Assembly of Interpol to provide a mandate for the Interpol Working Group on the Processing of Information (the GTI) for the implementation of a comprehensive review of Interpol’s supervisory mechanisms in the area of data processing.

Report: The harassment of civil society in Kazakhstan

Report: The harassment of civil society in Kazakhstan

The Open Dialog Foundation welcomes the initiative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on consultations regarding the creation of a favourable space for civil society activities and the development of a report with practical recommendations on this matter.

Armenian authorities disperse peaceful protests

Armenian authorities disperse peaceful protests

Early in the morning on 23 June 2015, police forces armed with water cannons pacified and dispersed about 500 protesters that gathered for a peaceful demonstration in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan.

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.

Human rights in Kazakhstan discussed in Saragossa

Human rights in Kazakhstan discussed in Saragossa

On 17.02.2015, upon an invitation from the Bar Council in Zaragoza (Spain), Muratbek Ketebayev, Alexandr Pavlov, and Jędrzej Czerep of the Open Dialog Foundation attended the conference on the “Situation of Human Rights in Kazakhstan: Right of Asylum”.

Alexandr Pavlov safe at last

Alexandr Pavlov safe at last

When granting asylum to the associate of the Kazakh political opposition, the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Spain revealed the ill faith and errors his case had suffered from at the hands of courts and administrative bodies.

Relatives and associates of Rakhat Aliyev reject the suicide account

Relatives and associates of Rakhat Aliyev reject the suicide account

On the 24 of February, the media spread information about the death of Rakhat Aliyev, a famous politician who opposed the regime of Nursultan Nazarbayev. He was found dead in an Austrian Josefstadt prison in a solitary cell, where he had moved a few days prior on his own request.

Rafis Kashapov is still on a hunger strike

Rafis Kashapov is still on a hunger strike

The Tatar activist, arrested in Kazan, who openly sympathises with Ukraine, has been on hunger strike for almost two weeks now. Meanwhile, the oppression of people who have stood in his defence, is ongoing, and the local television stations materials defaming the activist.

The case of Oleg Sentsov

The case of Oleg Sentsov

Investigators refused to open a criminal case regarding the torture of the Ukrainian filmmaker and continue to contrive charges.

Zinaida Mukhortova released from mental hospital

Zinaida Mukhortova released from mental hospital

Zinaida Mukhortova’s counsel, Amangeldy Shormanbayev informed the Foundation about the release of the activist from the mental hospital. According to the personnel of the facility, Mukhortova does not require further treatment.

Is Kazakhstan an ‘oasis of democracy’?

Is Kazakhstan an ‘oasis of democracy’?

On 5 December, at a press conference summarising Francois Hollande’s visit to Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev answered questions from French journalists regarding the observance of human rights in the country.

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.

HRW: President Hollande’s Upcoming Visit to Kazakhstan

HRW: President Hollande’s Upcoming Visit to Kazakhstan

Human Rights Watch: Dear President Hollande, We understand that you will be visiting Kazakhstan on December 5 and 6 to conclude the “Year of Kazakhstan in France” and that during your trip you will meet with President Nursultan Nazarbaev and other senior government officials.

Marcinkiewicz explains his participation in a business mission to Kazakhstan

Marcinkiewicz explains his participation in a business mission to Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev’s recent speech and the Polish business mission to Kazakhstan were discussed at the conference on Monday “Nurly Zol – Path to the Future” by Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Poland, Jerik Utembayev. Representatives of the Open Dialog Foundation were also present at the Polish Press Agency, PAP.

Ekaterina Kuramshina appeals for help

Ekaterina Kuramshina appeals for help

Ekaterina Kuramshina – the wife of the well-known Kazakh advocate and defender of human rights Vadim Kuramshin – has published a statement addressed, amongst others, to the Open Dialog Foundation.

MEPs on the case of the so called European “Magnitsky list”

MEPs on the case of the so called European “Magnitsky list”

On Monday, 10 November 2014, the group of 23 Members of the European Parliament wrote the letter on the case of the so called European “Magnitsky list”. The list contains names of 32 Russian officials that should be subjected to the EU sanctions due to the involvement in the death of S. Magnitsky

Success of justice in Bulgaria

Success of justice in Bulgaria

To the surprise of most of the observers, Bulgarian justice made a U-Turn in favour of human rights and international justice and against pressure from Russia. Today court in Sofia dealt with Russian extradition request against the French/Russian activist Nikolay Koblyakov.

Having voted in favour of sanctions, Russia did not let her in

Having voted in favour of sanctions, Russia did not let her in

Rebecca Harms, German MEP and co-chair of the Greens and the Free European Alliance faction, was not allowed into Russia despite holding a diplomatic passport. She was travelling to Moscow upon a request from the Open Dialog Foundation and the family of Nadiya Savchenko, to act as an observer during

ODF on human rights during the OSCE conference

ODF on human rights during the OSCE conference

Starting on Monday, 22nd September, and for the next 2 weeks, government representatives and defenders of human rights will review the fulfilment of the obligations of OSCE member states as regards human rights.

Kazakhstan does not comply with fair trial guarantees

Kazakhstan does not comply with fair trial guarantees

By persecuting political opponents, the Kazakh authorities openly flout public assurances, given to the international community. Kazakhstan declares that the right to a fair trial will be observed with respect to opposition politicians, journalists and activists.

Mukhortova no longer receives injections

Mukhortova no longer receives injections

Human rights activist and lawyer from Balkhash (Karagandy Province), Zinaida Mukhortova, who was forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital is no longer administered suspicious injections – reports her sister, Natalya Abent.

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.

The Kuramshin case discredits the EurAsEC

The Kuramshin case discredits the EurAsEC

Russian human rights advocates, including such prominent names as Sergey Kovalev, Lev Ponomarev, Lyudmila Alekseeva, Svetlana Gannushkina, Valeriy Borshchov among others, addressed the EurAsEC leaders demanding attention for the political prisoner Vadim Kuramshin.

The Open Dialog Team

The Open Dialog Team

In June the ODF Board gained a new member – Boguslaw Stanislawski, a long-time activist, engaged in defending human rights.

Punitive psychiatry in Kazakhstan: human rights activist Zinaida Mukhortova forcibly placed in lunatic asylum for the fourth time

Punitive psychiatry in Kazakhstan: human rights activist Zinaida Mukhortova forcibly placed in lunatic asylum for the fourth time

On 02.07.2014 Zinaida Mukhortova was forcibly taken from her home – for a further time. According to information from the public association “Kadyr-kasyet”, during Mukhortova’s detainment her 14-year-old grandson Timur was struck on the head, and her 5-year-old granddaughter was pushed away with brute force. The Kazakhstan human rights defender Zinaida Mukhortova is being persecuted […]

Abducted pilot talks about her kidnapping and hunger strike

Abducted pilot talks about her kidnapping and hunger strike

Yesterday (16 July, 2014) the consul of Ukraine in the Russian Federation received permission to visit Lieutenant Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian army pilot arrested by pro-Russian terrorists in Ukraine and taken to Russia.

Irish MP in defence of V. Kuramshin

Irish MP in defence of V. Kuramshin

In the lower chamber of the Irish Parliament, a hearing was held on 2 July concerning the Kazakh human rights activist, Vadim Kuramshin.

Vadim Kuramshin ends hunger strike

Vadim Kuramshin ends hunger strike

Kazakh human rights activist, Vadim Kuramshin, ended his 7-day hunger strike on June 8. Kuramshin is serving a 12-year sentence in a maximum-security prison E 164/4 (Sopka Zhaman) in the Northern Kazakhstan region.

Kazakh authorities refuse to provide treatment for Aron Atabek

Kazakh authorities refuse to provide treatment for Aron Atabek

According to PEN International, the Kazakh dissident and poet, Aron Atabek, who is currently serving a long sentence in Kazakhstan, has no access to medical care. Atabek has been suffering from pain in his back and legs since 2006, when he was injured as a result of police actions.

Vadim Kuramshin goes on hunger strike

Vadim Kuramshin goes on hunger strike

Kazakhstani human rights advocate Vadim Kuramshin, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence in a penal colony in North Kazakhstan, has gone on hunger strike.

About human rights in the Senate

About human rights in the Senate

Human rights and the issue of their observance have become the subject of the conference, which was held in the Senate on 16 December, 2013.

The conference about human rights in the Senate

The conference about human rights in the Senate

Human rights and the issue of their observance have become the subject of the conference, which was held in the Senate on 16 December, 2013. The conference was organised by the Legislative Committee and the Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Petitions Committee.

Physical elimination of political opponents by Nazarbayev’s regime

Physical elimination of political opponents by Nazarbayev’s regime

Recent events in Kazakhstan’s history have confirmed that all members of the political and financial elite, who, at one time, have gained influence or opposed the President, have now been eliminated. They have all either been assassinated, forced into political exile, or are in prison

Happy Birthday, Mr Dictator!

Happy Birthday, Mr Dictator!

On 6 July, 2013, on the initiative of the Open Dialog Foundation, an unusual event associated with the defence of human rights and freedom of speech in Kazakhstan was held.

Vadim Kuramshin laureate of the Ludovic-Trarieux Prize

Vadim Kuramshin laureate of the Ludovic-Trarieux Prize

Kazakhstan human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin has been awarded the international Ludovic-Trarieux Prize of 2013. The prize is awarded annually to civil activists and advocates involved in human rights defence.

Vladimir Kozlov does not receive proper medical care in prison

Vladimir Kozlov does not receive proper medical care in prison

During his stay in the colony, the health condition of the 52-year-old Kazakh oppositionist has considerably worsened. Due to the lack of necessary medical equipment and medical specialists in prison, Vladimir Kozlov does not receive adequate assistance

Human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin arrested again

Human rights activist Vadim Kuramshin arrested again

The Board of Appeals of the Zhambyl Regional Court overturned the acquittal of Kazakh human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin. On the 31st of October, 2012, he was arrested. Supporters of the human rights activist reported that while he was remanded in custody, Vadim Kuramshin attempted suicide.

The case of Dmitriy Putenikhin

The case of Dmitriy Putenikhin

Biographical note: Dmitriy Putenikhin, literary pseudonim “MatveyKrylov”, born on Janurary 05, 1989 in the city of Gai (Orenburg District, Russia). A member of the political party “The other Russia”.