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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.

Zhanara Akhmetova risks extradition: a test for the new authorities of Ukraine

Zhanara Akhmetova risks extradition: a test for the new authorities of Ukraine

In case of the extradition of Akhmetova, Ukraine would violate several ratified international conventions. For the new government, this case would become one of the first serious exams in the observation of the rights of refugees and extradition procedures. Will the new authorities of Ukraine pass the test in the cooperation with dictatorial regimes?

The protection of political refugees and illegal extraditions: debate in Kyiv

The protection of political refugees and illegal extraditions: debate in Kyiv

On 10 December 2019, in Kyiv, a discussion was held on the topic: “How to protect political refugees from illegal extraditions and misuse of interstate legal assistance?”. The event was held as part of the 4th National Human Rights Non-Conference. The Open Dialogue Foundation, the Right to Protection Charitable Foundation, the Kharkov Institute of Social Studies, and the Human Rights Agenda Coalition were among the organisers of the event.

PACE adopts ODF’s amendments to its report on INTERPOL reform and extradition proceedings

PACE adopts ODF’s amendments to its report on INTERPOL reform and extradition proceedings

On November 29, 2019, the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) met in Strasbourg to discuss, among other items, the INTERPOL reform and extradition proceedings. A delegation of ODF, represented by Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Ana Ursachi, Moldovan lawyer and human rights defender, arrived at Palais de l’Europe to support the debate.

They’ve Come For You: Misuse of Extradition Procedures and Interstate Legal Assistance

They’ve Come For You: Misuse of Extradition Procedures and Interstate Legal Assistance

In the present document, the Open Dialogue Foundation, the Italian Federation for Human Rights, the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, the Human Rights Defenders e.V. and the Kharkiv Institute for Social Research attempt to fill the gaps in the PACE report and propose recommendations with respect to improving cooperation among the member states of the Council of Europe in the sphere of extradition.

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.

Open Democracy on Interpol reforms postulated by ODF

Open Democracy on Interpol reforms postulated by ODF

Non-democratic states continue to issue international arrest warrants for dissidents, journalists and political opponents. The fact that the problem is continuing to be present means that regimes adapt their conducts and ultimately the new reforms do not catch up with the reality.

An appeal from victims of abusive Red Notices – video

An appeal from victims of abusive Red Notices – video

This film was prepared in cooperation with Destination Justice in order to attract attention to the problem of Interpol that is frequently misused by authoritarian regimes. It was screened at our Interpol side event during Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 organised by OSCE ODIHR in Warsaw

Publico: INTERPOL as a tool for political repressions

Publico: INTERPOL as a tool for political repressions

In Spain, more Turkish dissidents fall victim to the abuse by Ankara of INTERPOL mechanisms. Increasingly frequently, Turkish authorities accuse their critics of criminal offences and demand their extradition. In Granada, upon a request from Turkish authorities, the writer Dogan Akhanli was arrested

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.

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.

In their appeal to the Czech authorities, Russian human rights defenders made a stand in defence of Tatiana Paraskevich

In their appeal to the Czech authorities, Russian human rights defenders made a stand in defence of Tatiana Paraskevich

(Translation from Russian) Supreme Public Prosecutor, of the Czech Republic, Pavel Zeman Jezuitská 4, Brno, CZ-660 55 Czech Republic, [email protected]; Head of Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior  of the Czech Republic, Tomáš Haišman 21/ОАМ, Nad Štolou, 3, Praha 7, CZ-170 34 [email protected]; [email protected]; Minister of Justice of the Czech […]

Report: France should not allow the deadly rendering of the Kazakh oppositionist

Report: France should not allow the deadly rendering of the Kazakh oppositionist

1. Introduction The political context of the case of Mukhtar Ablyazov has been repeatedly referred to in the statements of human rights organisations, members of the European Parliament and the PACE. Russia and Ukraine are not safe countries for extradition as these countries do not guarantee the right to a fair trial or adequate conditions […]

Petro Okhotin on the need to reform Interpol

Petro Okhotin on the need to reform Interpol

Deputy of the Ukrainian Svoboda party, Oleg Osuhovsky, and Petro Okhotin of the Open Dialog Foundation talked at the Verkhovna Rada about the abuse of Interpol mechanisms by façade democracies such as Kazakhstan and Russia.

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.

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.