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Systemic Misconduct by the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan on Human Rights Issues

Systemic Misconduct by the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan on Human Rights Issues

Since 2010, the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) has been monitoring the human rights situation in Kazakhstan, partnering up with foreign missions on the ground – including the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan – to ensure a continuous dialogue with civil society on serious human rights concerns in the country. However, in sharp contrast with our experience in reaching out to the EU Delegations to Moldova, Ukraine and Russia, we regret to notice that, starting from 2018, the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan – and particularly Mr Zoltan Szalai, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation – has shown reticence in engaging in high profile cases and as well as cooperation with the Foundation, its partner NGOs and volunteers on the ground. Below we summarise the debunking of the most common arguments which have been used against the Foundation to discredit its human rights work.

Kazakhstan: Political Oppression During the Pandemic

Kazakhstan: Political Oppression During the Pandemic

The coronavirus infection COVID-19 has become a challenge not only for healthcare systems, economics, social policy and public administration in most countries of the world, but also to human rights. Human rights have been especially threatened in authoritarian states, including Kazakhstan.

ODF welcomes former Kazakhstani political prisoner, Iskander Yerimbetov, in Geneva

ODF welcomes former Kazakhstani political prisoner, Iskander Yerimbetov, in Geneva

This morning, 4 July 2020, Iskander Yerimbetov, Kazakhstani political prisoner released on 30 December of last year, arrived at the Geneva Airport, Switzerland, after he was granted a humanitarian visa. ODF, the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) and his family warmly welcomed him at the airport, congratulating Iskander for this long-awaited day. This is […]

MEPs continue to appeal the Ukrainian authorities regarding Zhanara Akhmetova’s case

MEPs continue to appeal the Ukrainian authorities regarding Zhanara Akhmetova’s case

On May 26, 2020, seven MEPs addressed Ukrainian President Zelensky, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and the Head of the State Migration Service Maksym Sokoliuk with an appeal demanding the reevaluation of Zhanara Akhmetova’s asylum application and halting her extradition. Ms Akhmetova – a Kazakhstani journalist and oppositionist – and her 12-year-old son risk deportation from Ukraine as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision on May 14, 2020, which overturned its previous instance and rejected her asylum application.

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.

Mukhtar Dzhakishev, a Kazakhstani political prisoner and victim of torture, has been released from prison

Mukhtar Dzhakishev, a Kazakhstani political prisoner and victim of torture, has been released from prison

On March 19th 2020 a Kazakhstani political prisoner and a torture victim, Mukhtar Dzhakishev, has been released from prison. On March 3th, 2020, a court in Semey (Kazakhstan) ruled to free him on parole and under probation supervision. The decision came as a surprise since all previous release requests were rejected. During the past decade, Dzhakishev was denied the right to a fair and public trial, the right to defence, and the right to humane treatment, while the deterioration of his health was reported by international observers.

Bolat Atabayev needs help

Bolat Atabayev needs help

Famous Kazakhstani film director and public figure Bolat Atabayev is in serious condition at a clinic in Munich. For many years, Bolat Atabayev has been suffering from diabetes, and his kidney failure has worsened recently. Last week, the director went through several expensive surgeries. His condition is still severe and financial support is required to cover expensive treatment and rehabilitation.

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).

“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 […]

Unprecedented and unacceptable cooperation between Belgian authorities and Kazakhstan’s authoritarian regime

Unprecedented and unacceptable cooperation between Belgian authorities and Kazakhstan’s authoritarian regime

On October 1, 2019, at Kazakhstan’s mutual assistance request, Belgian police conducted a warrantless search (sic!) of Kazakh political refugee and lawyer, Botagoz Jardemalie’s apartment in Brussels. The officials seized numerous electronic devices and documents, which included privileged and confidential work relating to her advocacy as a human rights lawyer. One of the most worrying […]

Iskander Yerimbetov’s health now critical in detention facility

Iskander Yerimbetov’s health now critical in detention facility

Iskander Yerimbetov, Kazakhstani political prisoner and the brother of political refugee Botagoz Jardemalie, has been suffering from critical health condition in a Kazakhstani detention facility. His lawyers and family members reported that his health has deteriorated to a critical state.

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

Bundestag event and meetings in Berlin with Oleg Sentsov, CCL & FIDU

Bundestag event and meetings in Berlin with Oleg Sentsov, CCL & FIDU

Oleg Sentsov, former political prisoner gave his first speech abroad, in Berlin, after being released from Russian prison on September 7. To this purpose, on September 26, Frank Schwabe MP and Manuel Sarazzin MP welcomed Sentsov and our delegation to a parliamentary event at the Bundestag.

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

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

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.

The United Nations demanded the immediate release of Iskander Yerimbetov

The United Nations demanded the immediate release of Iskander Yerimbetov

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has considered information about violations during the criminal prosecution of Iskander Yerimbetov. The UN concluded that Yerimbetov’s detention and arrest were arbitrary, and that criminal prosecution and trial were accompanied by gross violations

The Iskander Yerimbetov case: The trial of the Kazakhstan regime’s hostage

The Iskander Yerimbetov case: The trial of the Kazakhstan regime’s hostage

The Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) organised a human rights observer mission to Kazakhstan. A series of meetings with activists, human rights defenders, relatives of political prisoners, and former prisoners who had been subjected to torture, was conducted in the course of the mission.

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!

U.S. Statement on Iskander Yerimbetov’s case

U.S. Statement on Iskander Yerimbetov’s case

On 8 November 2018, the US Mission to the OSCE made an official statement on the case of Iskander Yerimbetov: “The United States is concerned by allegations of mistreatment while in custody and procedural irregularities in the trial of Kazakhstani businessman Iskander Yerimbetov”

Kazakhstan’s special services are shadowing activists in Ukraine

Kazakhstan’s special services are shadowing activists in Ukraine

Civil society activists from Kazakhstan and Russia who are seeking political asylum in Ukraine, have faced secret surveillance and threats from unidentified persons. The activists claim that Kazakhstan’s special services are involved in this matter.

Каzakhstan: More than 700 miners go on strike

Каzakhstan: More than 700 miners go on strike

On 11 December 2017, miners of four mines in the city of Shakhtinsk, Karaganda Province, refused to return to the surface and announced the beginning of a protest action. They put forward a number of demands, the main of which is a 100% increase in salaries.

Ukraine is in haste to transfer Zhanara Akhmetova to Kazakhstan

Ukraine is in haste to transfer Zhanara Akhmetova to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstani opposition journalist Zhanara Akhmetova was detained in Kiev on 21 October 2017 with gross violations of the Ukrainian legislation. On 24 October 2017, the court ruled on her temporary arrest for 18 days. In protest against the decision, Akhmetova went on a hunger strike.

“Members of PACE warn Interpol of persistent violations”

“Members of PACE warn Interpol of persistent violations”

On 11 October, 2017, Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) addressed the Secretary of Interpol, Mr Jürgen Stock, and the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (CCF) in a bid to warn against abusive use of the international arrest warrant.

The Report: The case of Muratkhan Tokmadi

The Report: The case of Muratkhan Tokmadi

Through the use of torture, the NSC is forcing Tokmadi to give false testimony confirming that 13 years ago, he ‘committed murder’ ‘at the instruction’ of opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov

ODF addressed PACE to protect human rights in Kazakhstan

ODF addressed PACE to protect human rights in Kazakhstan

Strategic cooperation between the Council of Europe and Kazakhstan in the field of criminal and constitutional justice, human rights and democratic citizenship has so far been an essential monitoring tool in bringing Kazakhstani institutions in line with European standards.

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.

Journalist Zhanbolat Mamay was beaten in Kazakhstani detention centre

Journalist Zhanbolat Mamay was beaten in Kazakhstani detention centre

Zhanbolat Mamay refused to give ‘self-incriminating testimony’ on the case of BTA Bank. After that he was beaten in detention centre and was threatened with reprisal. Zhanbolat Mamay has become yet another victim of the criminal case against the opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov.

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.

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.

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.

Europe at Nazarbayev’s service

Europe at Nazarbayev’s service

Due to its strategic location and tremendous potential in terms of natural resources, such as oil, natural gas and uranium, Kazakhstan – despite its exacerbating issues surrounding respect for human rights – remains an important partner for European countries.

Anna Koj on the presidential elections in Kazakhstan

Anna Koj on the presidential elections in Kazakhstan

The current President being the only one promoted in the media, and the absence of any political agenda for Nazarbayev’s puppet opponents – Anna Koj of the Open Dialog Foundation talked about the electoral campaign before the presidential elections in Kazakhstan, in an interview with Radio Radicale.

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.

The Social Democrats intervene on Mukhtar Ablyazov’s case

The Social Democrats intervene on Mukhtar Ablyazov’s case

On 11 March, 2015, Members of the European Parliament from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (Social Democrats), intervened in the case of Mr Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakh dissident and the main political opponent of the current President of Kazakhstan.

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.

Do Rzeczy weekly on the use of Interpol by authoritarian regimes

Do Rzeczy weekly on the use of Interpol by authoritarian regimes

The efforts of the Open Dialog Foundation which, in its activities, opposes the use of Interpol by authoritarian countries, standing up in the defence of political refugees and pleading for a reform of Interpol, have not gone unnoticed by Do Rzeczy.

Kazakh with political refugee status in Poland released from Spanish jail

Kazakh with political refugee status in Poland released from Spanish jail

A court in Madrid has ordered the release of the Kazakh dissident, Muratbek Ketebayev from custody. Thus, the judges found the arguments of the Spanish Embassy in Poland, which had confirmed the day before that he enjoys refugee status in Poland and called for his release. Ketebayev regained his fre

Kazakh oppositionist Muratbek Ketebayev arrested in Madrid

Kazakh oppositionist Muratbek Ketebayev arrested in Madrid

Another Kazakh dissident has been arrested by Spanish police on the basis of an Interpol letter, citing false criminal allegations as reasons for the detention. The court ordered the incarceration of Ketebayev in a detention facility for the pendency of the proceedings where the living conditions po

“Vaccine against the dictatorship virus” for Poroshenko

“Vaccine against the dictatorship virus” for Poroshenko

On December 22, 2014, near the building of Presidential Administration, activists of the Open Dialog Foundation and members of the Kazakhstani opposition staged a political performance entitled ‘Poroshenko’s vaccination against the dictatorship virus’.

Poroshenko “vaccinated against the dictatorship virus”

Poroshenko “vaccinated against the dictatorship virus”

On December 22, 2014, near the building of Presidential Administration, activists of the Open Dialog Foundation and members of the Kazakhstani opposition staged a political performance entitled ‘Poroshenko’s vaccination against the dictatorship virus’.

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.

Tomasz Makowski appeals to Francois Hollande’a

Tomasz Makowski appeals to Francois Hollande’a

In his letter to President of France, Francois Hollande, Member of the Polish Parliament, Tomasz Makowski, called for “a large measure of self-control in cooperation with the Republic of Kazakhstan until the country steps onto the path of respect for human rights and democratic change”.

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.

Conference on human rights violations and political repression in Kazakhstan

Conference on human rights violations and political repression in Kazakhstan

On Tuesday 2 December, 2014 in Paris, was held a press conference on human rights violations and political repression in Kazakhstan. The event organized by the Open Dialog Foundation and Reporters Without Borders was held in reference to the starting 3-day visit of French President François Hollande

Gazeta.pl: Protest in front of Kazakh Embassy

Gazeta.pl: Protest in front of Kazakh Embassy

The portal gazeta.pl reported on a protest by refugees and activists from Kazakhstan, which took place in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Warsaw on Thursday afternoon.

Roza Tuletayeva is free!

Roza Tuletayeva is free!

One of the leaders of the Zhanaozen strike movement, Roza Tuletayeva, will be granted early release, her daughter, Aliya Tuletayeva, told the Open Dialog Foundation. This decision was made in a cassation court session today. Tuletayeva currently remains in the colony.

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.

Kosma Złotowski in Mukhtar Ablyazov’s case

Kosma Złotowski in Mukhtar Ablyazov’s case

On Thursday, 30 October 2014, the Polish MEP Kosma Złotowski, a member of the EURONEST Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Assembly, has written to French, Ukrainian and Polish governmental representatives on the case of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh oppositionist and the main political opponent of the P

Conference: Misuse of the Interpol: A Time for Reform?

Conference: Misuse of the Interpol: A Time for Reform?

On 9th October 2014, the Open Dialog Foundation organised the conference in Madrid: “Misuse of the Interpol. A Time for Reform?”. The event was held in collaboration with the Spanish Bar Foundation (Fundación Abogacía Española) associated with the Spanish Bar Council, which hosted the seminar.

Conference: Misuse of the Interpol: A Time for Reform?

Conference: Misuse of the Interpol: A Time for Reform?

On 9th October 2014, the Open Dialog Foundation organised the conference in Madrid: “Misuse of the Interpol. A Time for Reform?”. The event was held in collaboration with the Spanish Bar Foundation (Fundación Abogacía Española) associated with the Spanish Bar Council, which hosted the seminar.

Families of Kazakh dissidents met with Polish MPs

Families of Kazakh dissidents met with Polish MPs

Askar Aidarkhan – son of the incarcerated poet and civil activist, Aron Atabek, and Ekaterina Kuramshina – the wife of Vadim Kuramshin, human rights activist sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment, met in Warsaw with Polish MPs in late September and early October.

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.

Urgent! Negative Internet Campaign against M. Ablyazov

Urgent! Negative Internet Campaign against M. Ablyazov

According to the Open Dialog Foundation, an internet campaign has been launched against Mukhtar Ablyazov, the Kazakh dissident who is the chief opponent of Kazakhstan’s President, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Meeting with A. Pavlov

Meeting with A. Pavlov

President of the Open Dialog Foundation, Lyumydla Kozlovska, together with the MP Tomasz Makowski, met, on 3-4 August, the former associate of the Kazakh dissident M. Ablyazov, A. Pavlov. The meeting took place in Madrid and Spanish media were present too.

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.

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.

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 […]

Ngo.pl: Warsaw kicked the dictator’s ball!

Ngo.pl: Warsaw kicked the dictator’s ball!

The Internet portal ngo.pl publishes a report on the event organised by the Open Dialog Foundation on the occasion of 74th birthday of the Kazakhstan president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been ruling the country with an iron fist for 20 years.

Score a goal against the dictator!

Score a goal against the dictator!

The Open Dialog Foundation is celebrating the birthday of the Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev for the third time. This year the Wilanów City Beach hosted a football match in which ‘team democracy’ came up against ‘team dictator’.

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.

Report: Torture in Kazakhstan

Report: Torture in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is party to the Convention against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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.

Kazakh opposition politician Muratbek Ketebayev

Kazakh opposition politician Muratbek Ketebayev

One of the leaders of the Alga! party along with Vladimir Kozlov, a former colleague of Mukhtar Ablyazov. He sought the support for the striking oil workers in Zhanaozen. He was accused of preparing terrorist attacks together with Alexandr Pavlov and Mukhtar Ablyazov in Almaty in 2012.

Report on misuse of the Interpol system

Report on misuse of the Interpol system

Kazakh authorities are exploiting the legal mechanisms of the International Criminal Police Organisation in order to persecute opponents of the regime.

Observation mission members write to OSCE

Observation mission members write to OSCE

On July 1st 2013, members of the parliamentary observation mission to Kazakhstan organised by the Open Dialog Foundation submitted their letter to President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Wolfgang Grossruk.

Kazakhstan’s silenced voices in Finland

Kazakhstan’s silenced voices in Finland

On 11 May, the Finnish Centre for Art and Design in Fiskars held an exhibition of photographs from Kazakhstan, entitled ‘Silenced Voices’. The author, photographer and journalist, Kukka Ranta, visited Kazakhstan in autumn 2012 during the mission, organised by the Open Dialog Foundation

Supreme Bar Council’s Mission to Kazakhstan comes to an end

Supreme Bar Council’s Mission to Kazakhstan comes to an end

On 30 April, 2013, an eight-day mission of the Supreme Bar Council to Kazakhstan came to an end. The Open Dialog Foundation was the initiator of the enterprise, as it had addressed the Commission and External Image of Pro Bono Activities with the SBC with a request to organise the mission

Mr. President, remember about human rights!

Mr. President, remember about human rights!

While the President of Finland was holding a meeting with Kazakh President in Astana, in Helsinki, journalists were making efforts to influence their leader. ‘Niinistö, do not forget about human rights’ – was the title of an article written by Kukka Ranta, who managed to visit Zhanaozen

Kazakh security services on guard of Nazarbayev’s regime

Kazakh security services on guard of Nazarbayev’s regime

Criminal prosecution is one of the main instruments of political struggle in Kazakhstan; with this method, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has successfully eliminated his political opponents and critics for many years. National security services assist him in these endeavours

Kazakhstan journalism ban enacted

Kazakhstan journalism ban enacted

The Appellate Court deemed the newspapers: ‘Vzglyad’ and “one media outlet ‘Respublika’” extremist. In violation of international treaties and domestic law, the Kazakh authorities have imposed censorship and prohibition of professional activities on individual journalists.

Askar Moldashev sentenced to suspended prison term

Askar Moldashev sentenced to suspended prison term

The prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to prove Askar Moldashev’s guilt; he had previously faced charges of drug possession. During the trial, gross procedural irregularities and inconsistencies in the evidence were revealed.

Kazakhstan: a “bitter pill” for investors in the pharmaceutical market

Kazakhstan: a “bitter pill” for investors in the pharmaceutical market

Special Edition. Corruption and unpredictable government policies pose serious obstacles to the work of investors in Kazakhstan. The change in the rules of cooperation with foreign investors in the pharmaceutical sector, made by the state, calls into question their further presence in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: A change of key players in the oil sector

Kazakhstan: A change of key players in the oil sector

The oil industry in Kazakhstan, which is one of the most promising in the world, is now undergoing substantial changes. Recently, foreign companies have more and more frequently denied their participation in projects relating to oil production in the Caspian shelf

Kazakhstan: society criticises the draft of the new criminal law

Kazakhstan: society criticises the draft of the new criminal law

It is planned that on 1 January, 2014, Kazakhstan will introduce a new Code of Criminal Procedure. Human rights activists and lawyers fear that the new criminal legislation will unreasonably enhance the powers of the police and create conducive conditions for violations of human rights.

Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan: Wind of change

Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan: Wind of change

We present to you an information booklet, devoted to the turbulent situation in the Republicof Kazakhstan – the largest country in Central Asia and the third largest economy in the CIS (after Russia and Ukraine).

Askar Moldashev has been arrested

Askar Moldashev has been arrested

We have just acquired information that Askar, the older brother of Daniyar Moldhashev, the President of the LLP and publisher of the ‘Golos Respubliki’ newspaper, has been arrested by officers of the National Security Committee. He has been arrested ostensibly for drug possession.

Каzakhstan: how to pass a test on democracy?

Каzakhstan: how to pass a test on democracy?

In early March 2012 the international community placed high expectations on Kazakhstan. But the situation began to change dramatically after the prominent opposition leaders

Zhanaozen

Zhanaozen

Special correspondent of ‘Novaya gazeta’ Elena Kostyuchenko is reporting about the situation in Zhanaozen

Pre-term elections as a way of maintaining power?

Pre-term elections as a way of maintaining power?

On 10.11.2011, the deputies of the 4th convocation of the Majilis Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan appealed to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan requesting the dissolution of Parliament.

Communiqué concerning the case of V.Kozlov

Communiqué concerning the case of V.Kozlov

On April 1 of the current year, at 10.00 am, a trial will be held at the Almaty City Court, concerning the so-called “tax case” of Vladimir Kozlov, leader of the opposition People’s Party “Alga!”, in the state registration process.

Police is the tool of struggle against heterodoxy

Police is the tool of struggle against heterodoxy

On the morning of 3/22/2011 at railway stations of cities of Kokshetau, Kyzylorda, and Astana police officers have withdrawn posters and stickers calling citizens of Kazakhstan to boycott preterm presidential election coming on April 3rd.

Attacks on the Press 2010: Kazakhstan

Attacks on the Press 2010: Kazakhstan

New laws restrict online news media, shield government officials from scrutiny. OSCE chairman Kazakhstan undermines organization with repression at home.

Taxes – repression tool against mass media in Kazakhstan

Taxes – repression tool against mass media in Kazakhstan

Vzglyad newspaper (Ayna Ltd.) was charged the amount of 30 million 854 thousand 629 tenges.
Golos Respubliki (ADP Ltd.) was charged 12 million 803 thousand 530 tenges.
Azat and Alga newspapers (Kiyal Ltd.) were charged 26 million 298 thousand 250 tenges.