Mass protests in early January 2022 in Kazakhstan took place in 48 cities and over 40 localities. Growing repression, the deteriorating economic situation and bogus reforms caused this unprecedented social upheaval in the modern history of independent Kazakhstan.
- Arbitrary detentions
- Mass detentions
- Freedom of speech
- Civil liberties
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of association
- Freedom of religion
- Rule of law
- Hate speech and hate crimes
- Prisoners' rights
- Political prisoners
- Political refugees
- Expulsions and entry bans
- Fair trial
- Political persecution
- Death penalty
- Punitive psychiatry
- Schengen Information System
- COVID-19 pandemic
- Rights of soldiers and veterans
- Humanitarian aid
- International law
- Magnitsky Act
- Attacks on activists
- Selective justice
- Judiciary independence
- Persecution of lawyers
- Polish-Ukrainian relations
- Law enforcement and security
- Enforced disappearances
- War crimes
- transnational repression
Topic: Mass detentions
Kazakhstan: unprecedented acts of the regime’s terror against civilians and the Russian-led CSTO’s military intervention
This report is based on data, video and photo materials from eyewitnesses, activists, human rights defenders, peaceful protesters from more than 60 cities and villages in Kazakhstan, where protests were held. It also contains references to statements of the US, the EEAS, international organisations such as the UN, the OSCE, media outlets. In order to ensure safety of eyewitnesses, their names are not mentioned. Co-authors of this report, Raigul Sadyrbayeva and Aiya Sadvakasova, have been arrested under politically motivated criminal cases for their human rights activities. The authors of this report express their gratitude for all informants and volunteers, who contributed to this report despite risking their lives and freedom. The authors of the report extend their condolences to families, relatives and friends of those who lost their lives during these mass repressions. We strongly believe that the truth must be unravelled and perpetrators must be held accountable.
ODF and 10 partners release an appeal about protests in Kazakhstan
On 5 January 2022, 10 Human Rights NGOs, including the Open Dialogue Foundation, issued an appeal on the current protests taking place in Kazakhstan. Against the backdrop of the massive street protests against the government and the Nazarbayev regime, which were met with widespread repression, ODF and its partners have condemned the government’s violence and […]
Compromise with Evil: Appeal by human rights defenders to condemn China’s policy towards the Uyghurs
The signatories of this appeal are concerned about events in China, and the reaction to them by Ukraine. On 22 June, 40 countries, including the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Ukraine and Japan, have called on the Chinese government to allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other international observers […]
The purpose of the coalition and Facebook group #ActivistNotExtremists is to collect information and organise legal and humanitarian aid for all those who have been politically persecuted for participating in peaceful protests in Kazakhstan. The monitoring is a part of the civil society control for the implementation of the international obligations undertaken by the Kazakhstani […]
Voices of Kazakhstan #5 post-election review of electoral irregularities
Electoral fraud, obstruction of independent observers & massive arbitrary arrests. Welcome to elections in Kazakhstan Kazakhstan fails to meet OSCE standards for democratic elections – in its statement of preliminary findings and conclusions the observation mission points out to: lack of competition, limiting voters’ fundamental rights & freedoms, and the politicized Central Electoral Commission (CEC). […]
Servants of the regime: sanction list of persons accountable for gross human rights violations in Kazakhstan
In authoritarian Kazakhstan, civil society representatives are subjected to arbitrary detention, criminal prosecution, imprisonment and torture for public and human rights activities, participation in peaceful protests and criticism of the authorities through social networks.
Servants of the Regime: Who Prosecutes Peaceful Protesters in Kazakhstan
The Open Dialogue Foundation has managed to gather the names of 136 police officers, investigators, security officers, prosecutors and judges who participated in politically motivated prosecutions of peaceful protesters.
Kazakhstan After the 6th of July 2019: Authorities Persecute and Imprison the Participants of Peaceful Protests
On 6 July 2019, rallies were planned in various cities of Kazakhstan to demand that the results of the presidential election be cancelled and Nazarbayev be deprived of power, as well as against Chinese expansion. Law enforcement agencies detained about 700 peaceful protesters in different places.
PACE Assembly: all forms of cooperation with Kazakhstan must be reconsidered in response to its rigged presidential election and mass arrests
The Summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe took place between June 24 and June 28, in Strasbourg. On this occasion, 32 members from various national delegations (eg. Italy, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal and others) signed the Written Declaration no. 682.
Lists of persons detained and held liable for alleged participation in protests from 1 May to 12 June 2019
The Open Dialogue Foundation monitors cases of persecution during peaceful protests in Kazakhstan. This article contains the lists of persons detained and convicted from 1 May to 12 June 2019. The lists were compiled based on information from the Facebook group #IHaveAChoice #ActivistsNotExtremists.
Election in Kazakhstan: Gross falsifications and mass arrests of peaceful protesters
Nazarbayev’s protege Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev expectedly won the presidential elections in Kazakhstan. The elections were fully controlled and constituted merely an imitation of the electoral process. A lack of trust in the election results is not only due to the lack of legislative conditions for fair
Presidential elections in Kazakhstan: a simulated handover of power in a void of political competition
On 19 March 2019, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who served as President for 30 years, resigned. According to the law, his position was taken by the head of the upper house of parliament – the Senate – Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev.
A turbulent February in Kazakhstan: hundreds of detained and persecuted participants of peaceful assemblies
In February 2019, mass peaceful protests, unprecedented in their scale and nature of demands, were held in different regions of Kazakhstan. Protesters complained of poverty and corruption, demanding reforms, improvement of social security and the resignation of the President.
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!