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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 Yerimbetov for this long-awaited day. This is […]

“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.

Letter in support of Global Magnitsky Enforcement

Letter in support of Global Magnitsky Enforcement

The Open Dialogue Foundation continues to reiterate its support in advancing the implementation and enforcement of Global Magnitsky sanctions in Europe and overseas. Therefore, together with other 50 leading human rights organisations, ODF has signed a series of letters addressed to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of continued congressional funding for this powerful foreign policy tool.

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 against Russian propaganda and military presence in Italy

ODF against Russian propaganda and military presence in Italy

In response to the arrival of (inappropriate) medical supplies from Moscow to the Pratica di Mare military airport, Italy, as well as of military means and high-ranking officers affiliated to the Russian Ministry of Defence to cope with the #COVID19 pandemic (March 22, 2020), ODF, together with other fifteen non-governmental organisations, promoted a letter of appeal addressed to Italy’s PM Giuseppe Conte.

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.

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.

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.

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?

“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.

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

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

We defend human rights, democracy and the rule of law. We stepped on the toes of many authoritarian and hybrid regimes which currently conduct targeted propaganda and disinformation campaigns against us. Would you like to form your own opinion? Find out what we have done so far.

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 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”

Court finds entry ban on Lyudmyla Kozlovska unjustified

Court finds entry ban on Lyudmyla Kozlovska unjustified

Last Friday, our Foundation‘s office received information that during a meetingbehind closed doors held on 16 April 2019, the Warsaw Administrative Court overturned the decision of the Office for Foreigners on the inclusion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, in SIS.

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.

Bartosz Kramek for Gazeta Wyborcza: PiS, Moldova – a common issue

Bartosz Kramek for Gazeta Wyborcza: PiS, Moldova – a common issue

The Open Dialogue Foundation won the trial with the “Gazeta Polska” magazine, so now editor Tomasz Sakiewicz threatens the judge. And the PiS propaganda attacks the Foundation using a grotesque report of the oligarchic and corrupt parliament of Moldova.

Alexis Prokopiev, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés visited Warsaw

Alexis Prokopiev, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés visited Warsaw

Last weekend, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés and a human rights defender – Alex Prokopiev, visited Warsaw. On that occasion, he met the representatives of Polish civil society and took part in a weekly pacific protest held by street opposition activists in defense of the Constitution.

Alexis Prokopiev’s of Russie-Libertés on a short visit to Warsaw

Alexis Prokopiev’s of Russie-Libertés on a short visit to Warsaw

Last weekend, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés and a human rights defender – Alex Prokopiev, visited Warsaw. On that occasion, he met the representatives of Polish civil society and took part in a weekly pacific protest held by street opposition activists in defense of the Constitution.

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

Russia: Stop the prosecution of lawyers and human rights defenders

Russia: Stop the prosecution of lawyers and human rights defenders

Lev Ponomaryov and Emil Kurbedinov were subjected to shocking cases of administrative arrest for posting on social networks. In this way, the authorities continue to apply the policy of intimidation and punishment of individuals who dare criticise the actions of the regime.

Forbes: The Magnitsky Law Is Taking Over The European Union

Forbes: The Magnitsky Law Is Taking Over The European Union

As a long-standing promoter and advocate of the Global Magnitsky Act, ODF warmly welcomes the news that, on December 10, 2018 the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs voted unanimously in favour of an EU-wide sanctions regime, based on a proposal submitted by the Dutch government.

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”

Collective complaint: Be quiet! Or be charged with extremism

Collective complaint: Be quiet! Or be charged with extremism

This report is a collective complaint on behalf of 129 citizens of Kazakhstan who have fallen victim to arbitrary detention, criminal prosecution, torture, ill-treatment, threats and surveillance. All were accused of supporting the peaceful opposition movement “Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan”.

Save Oleg Sentsov: time is ticking

Save Oleg Sentsov: time is ticking

I am writing this to ring the alarm about Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner who is now in deadly danger in a Russian prison, on a hunger strike. If no urgent measures are taken, he will die in his attempt to liberate his fellows in misery – other Ukrainian political prisoners.

MEPs write to the EU VP/HR concerned with lawyers endangered in Azerbaijan

MEPs write to the EU VP/HR concerned with lawyers endangered in Azerbaijan

On March 13, 2018, MEPs submitted a written question to the EU VP/HR, Ms Federica Mogherini, on the harassment and persecution of lawyers taking place in Azerbaijan. In their address, P. Auštrevičius, J. Ward and T. Zdechovský made reference to individual cases of persecuted lawyers.

The case of Almat Zhumagulov and Kenzhebek Abishev

The case of Almat Zhumagulov and Kenzhebek Abishev

1. Introduction In April 2017, opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov, along with his associates, announced the resumption of the activities of the ‘Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan’ (DCK) movement. The previous DCK movement was banned by a Kazakhstani court on charges of ‘extremism’ in 2005. According to Ablyazov, 32,000 people joined the DCK in 2007. In authoritarian […]

Russia deprived of its voting rights in PACE in 2018

Russia deprived of its voting rights in PACE in 2018

Success of Ukrainian NGOs. Once again, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has prevented the Russian delegation from returning to its ranks. This decision was appealed for by 40 Ukrainian NGOs and the Open Dialogue Foundation.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Open Dialog Foundation on the silent protest held on Putin’s birthday

Open Dialog Foundation on the silent protest held on Putin’s birthday

On 07.10.2016, Vladimir Putin’s 64th birthday, activists from Euromaidan Warsaw held a protest against the bloody policy of the President of Russia alongside activists from the ODF. Several dozen people brought along with them portraits of Ukrainian soldiers killed in the war in the Donbas.

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.

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 […]

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.

Jean-Claude Juncker’s statement on ‘promising reform’ in Kazakhstan calls into question the competence of representatives of the European Commission given their assessment of the real situation in the country

Jean-Claude Juncker’s statement on ‘promising reform’ in Kazakhstan calls into question the competence of representatives of the European Commission given their assessment of the real situation in the country

On 30 March, 2016, Jean-Claude Juncker met with Nursultan Nazarbayev – a dictator, who has single-handedly governed Kazakhstan for over 25 years. The President of the European Commission stated that his ‘good friend’ Nazarbayev was ‘sensitive’ to the problems of human rights.

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.

Nadiya Savchenko has begun dry hunger strike

Nadiya Savchenko has begun dry hunger strike

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.

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.

Kazakhstan: The oppression of journalists and bloggers

Kazakhstan: The oppression of journalists and bloggers

Kazakhstan demands that administrations of social networks disclose personal data of independent journalists, bloggers and political opponents. In retaliation for criticism, the authorities bring criminal charges of ‘spreading false information’ against inconvenient journalists.

Report:  ‘28 hostages of the Kremlin’

Report: ‘28 hostages of the Kremlin’

Within the framework of the human rights campaign ‘LetMyPeopleGo’,ODF and the Civic Initiative ‘Euromaidan SOS’, present a report about 27 Ukrainians and 1 citizen of a European country who have faced unlawful and politically motivated criminal prosecution in Russia and the occupied Crimea.

Report: The case of ‘Crimean terrorists’

Report: The case of ‘Crimean terrorists’

The Russian regime held a show trial involving opponents of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Oleg Sentsov and Aleksander Kolchenko were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on trumped-up charges of terrorism

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.

Press Briefing: When will Yarema be punished?

Press Briefing: When will Yarema be punished?

Participants of the press briefing presented a detailed report regarding the inactivity of the General Prosecutor’s Office and cited grounds for bringing the former General Prosecutor to liability. The briefing was held in the Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre (UCMC) on 19 March, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.

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”.

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.

SAVCHENKO LIST: persons involeved in persecution of N. Savchenko

SAVCHENKO LIST: persons involeved in persecution of N. Savchenko

The Open Dialog Foundation urges the imposition of personal sanctions against persons responsible for the kidnapping, arrest and imprisonment of Ukraine’s PACE delegate, people’s deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ukrainian citizen Nadiya Savchenko.

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.

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.

Freedom for Rafis Kashapov

Freedom for Rafis Kashapov

Nafis Kashapov, a refugee from Tatarstan, demanded on Plac Zamkowy in Warsaw, freedom for his brother Rafis, detained by the FSB in December 2014 having been accused of engaging in “anti-state activities”.

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

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.

Sentenced to Death

Sentenced to Death

He had been waiting for an official decision concerning his refugee status for a year. A few days ago he discovered that he could not rely on the Polish authorities for help.

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

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.

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.

Paris forum “For our freedom and yours”

Paris forum “For our freedom and yours”

On 4th October, upon an invitation from human rights organisations such as ACAT France, Amnesty International France, FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights the Russie-Libertés association and Collectif Euromaidan France, representatives of the Open Dialog Foundation took part in a Paris f

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.

Petro Okhotin: Nadia Savchenko remains in custody

Petro Okhotin: Nadia Savchenko remains in custody

The representative of the Open Dialogue Foundation Petro Okhotin, who has currently been staying in Voronezh to observe the trial of an Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, made a comment on her case at Hromadske TV.

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.

Support for refugees from Crimea

Support for refugees from Crimea

Thirteen Tatar families who were resettled from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea are now under the care of “CARITAS SDD UGKC“ in Drohobytsch, thanks to a project financed by the Open Dialogue Foundation.

Polish Bar Council: Kazakhstan does not observe human rights

Polish Bar Council: Kazakhstan does not observe human rights

The persecution of political opponents and independent journalists, torture during interrogations, non-compliance with laws and corruption in the justice system – this was the situation observed by representatives of the Polish Bar Council who went on a mission into Kazakhstan

Political persecution against the Kazakhstan dissident Aron Atabek

Political persecution against the Kazakhstan dissident Aron Atabek

The well-known Kazakhstan dissident and poet as well as political prisoner Aron Atabek has been behind bars for over six years now. For a number of years, he has been kept in a solitary confinement cell in oneof the most rigid regime prisons of the country.

Demonstration in defence of refugees

Demonstration in defence of refugees

On the 26th February in Paris, a demonstration was held in defence of political refugees from countries of the former Soviet Union. The protesters gathered near the building of the French Ministry of Justice.

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.

The story of Kazakhstan democratic choice opposition movement

The story of Kazakhstan democratic choice opposition movement

The story of KDC is an outstanding illustration to the very core issues of the Kazakhstan authoritarian regime, where all the power lies in the hands of a closed circle of decision makers with the President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the head

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

About Kazakhstan and visa problems in the Polskie Radio 24 (Polish Radio 24)

About Kazakhstan and visa problems in the Polskie Radio 24 (Polish Radio 24)

On 26 April, the Polish Radio 24 hosted Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek from the Open Dialog Foundation. The broadcast was held on the occasion of an opening of an international conference in Astana, devoted to the future of the region after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan

The Republic of Kazakhstan does not observe human rights

The Republic of Kazakhstan does not observe human rights

The persecution of political opponents and independent journalists, torture during interrogations, non-compliance with laws and corruption in the justice system – this was the situation observed by representatives of the Polish Bar Council who went on a mission into Kazakhstan

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

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.

Human rights defender Asel Nurgaziyeva incarcerated for 12 days

Human rights defender Asel Nurgaziyeva incarcerated for 12 days

A court has sentenced Asel Nurgaziyeva to 12 days of incarceration, having accused her of disorderly conduct and disobeying police officers. The circumstances of the human rights defender’s arrest remain unclear. Nurgaziyeva’s lawyer claims provocation.

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).

Kazakhstan: Ensure Fair Trial for Opposition Activists, Oil Worker

Kazakhstan: Ensure Fair Trial for Opposition Activists, Oil Worker

(Moscow) –­ Kazakhstan authorities have an obligation to ensure that the trial of two political opposition activists and an oil worker, starting on August 16, 2012, is fair and public and that the defendants’ due process rights are fully respected, Human Rights Watch said today.

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”.

Opening of photo exhibition in Radomsko “Kazakhstan, is it you?”

Opening of photo exhibition in Radomsko “Kazakhstan, is it you?”

On the 24th of July 2011 a photo exhibition “Kazakhstan is it you?” was opened in Radomsko. The organisers of the exhibition are the Open Dialog Foundation and the Office of the Deputy to the Seym, Krzysztof Maciejewski (member of Polish-Kazakhstanian Parliamentary Group)…