Donald Tusk must raise the issue of mounting restrictions on free speech and continuous repression of political opposition in Kazakhstan during his meeting with President Nazarbayev

Donald Tusk must raise the issue of mounting restrictions on free speech and continuous repression of political opposition in Kazakhstan during his meeting with President Nazarbayev

29.03.2016

Donald Tusk should use the occasion of the meeting not only to exchange political pleasantries but also to address the sensitive and uncomfortable issues in the EU, said Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation.

New names on “Savchenko List”

New names on “Savchenko List”

18.03.2016

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”

11.03.2016

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.

Open Dialog: Savchenko on dry hunger strike – personal sanctions must follow now

Open Dialog: Savchenko on dry hunger strike – personal sanctions must follow now

09.03.2016

Nadiya Savchenko was supposed to deliver her final word statement on March 3 during a hearing that was to set the date for the final verdict in her case to be announced. In an unexpected turn of events, she was not allowed to speak as the hearing was adjourned to March 9.

Nadiya Savchenko has begun dry hunger strike

Nadiya Savchenko has begun dry hunger strike

04.03.2016

On 4 March, 2016, Nadiya Savchenko officially went on a ‘dry hunger strike’, refusing even water. Such a radical move is a reaction to yesterday’s unlawful action of the court which did not permit the Ukrainian woman to deliver her final speech at the trial.

Discussions on media freedom in Kazakhstan at the European Parliament in Brussels

Discussions on media freedom in Kazakhstan at the European Parliament in Brussels

28.01.2016

On Tuesday, 26 January 2016, the Open Dialogue Foundation and the Estonian Member of the European Parliament Mrs Marju Lauristin (Socialists and Democrats) organised a high-level working breakfast at the European Parliament in Brussels dedicated to the topic of media freedom in Kazakhstan.

Yegor Sobolev calls for an investigation into the corrupt acts of Ukrainian investigators in the Mukhtar Ablyazov and Syrym Shalabayev cases

Yegor Sobolev calls for an investigation into the corrupt acts of Ukrainian investigators in the Mukhtar Ablyazov and Syrym Shalabayev cases

25.01.2016

On 14 January, 2016, MP Yegor Sobolev urged the General Prosecutor’s Office to carefully examine publicised incidents of abuse by Ukrainian investigators in the cases against Kazakh opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov and his relative Syrym Shalabayev.

The anniversary of the shooting: ‘The Zhanaozen list’ should end the impunity of perpetrators, guilty of torture and oppression

The anniversary of the shooting: ‘The Zhanaozen list’ should end the impunity of perpetrators, guilty of torture and oppression

16.12.2015

Four years ago, on 16 December, 2011, in the Kazakh city of Zhanaozen, riot police opened fire with live ammunition on the backs of unarmed oil workers, who had been protesting for higher wages and better working conditions for seven months.

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.

Human rights defenders write to Lithuanian authorities in support of Syrym Shalabayev

Human rights defenders write to Lithuanian authorities in support of Syrym Shalabayev

23.11.2015

Human rights defenders appeal to the office of the Prosecutor General, Ministry of Justice and President of Lithuania requesting recognition of political motivations behind persecution of a relative of the Kazakh dissident and urging not to allow S. Shalabayev’s extradition to Kazakhstan or Ukraine.

Report: Political persecution of Syrym Shalabayev

Report: Political persecution of Syrym Shalabayev

14.09.2015

Syrym Shalabayev, a relative of the Kazakh opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov, requests that Lithuania grants him political asylum and protection against extradition.

Report: Analysis of documents in the case of Ablyazov

Report: Analysis of documents in the case of Ablyazov

11.09.2015

Kazakhstan is orchestrating the Ukrainian and Russian investigations in the case of an opposition politician and applies illegal lobbying mechanisms in Europe.

A fourth birthday in prison: Authorities create unbearable conditions of detention for Kozlov

A fourth birthday in prison: Authorities create unbearable conditions of detention for Kozlov

11.08.2015

On 10 August, 2015, the Kazakh opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov celebrated his 55th birthday behind bars. Having been placed in strict conditions of detention, he is subjected to ill-treatment and faces the risk of being transferred to a different, more severe penal colony.

Following his release from solitary confinement, Vladimir Kozlov has been transferred to strict regime conditions for six months

Following his release from solitary confinement, Vladimir Kozlov has been transferred to strict regime conditions for six months

30.07.2015

The Kazakh authorities misinform the international community in order to avoid criticism for their persecution of political prisoner V. Kozlov.

Political prisoner Vladimir Kozlov placed in solitary confinement and has gone on hunger strike

Political prisoner Vladimir Kozlov placed in solitary confinement and has gone on hunger strike

21.07.2015

A Kazakhstani political prisoner is being subjected to ill treatment. Vladimir Kozlov has been systematically denied a transfer to milder conditions of detention and release on parole.

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