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Political Killing in Kazakhstan

Political Killing in Kazakhstan

List of persons to be subjected to sanctions regarding the case of Dulat Agadil. 1. Introduction Dulat Agadil is a well-known human rights activist and blogger who lived in the village of Talapker near Nur-Sultan (Astana). Dulat Agadil was one of the most famous leaders of the protest movement in Kazakhstan (especially in the Kazakh-speaking […]

Observation Mission – Human Rights in Ukraine: Selected cases of persecution of civil society activists since 2014

Observation Mission – Human Rights in Ukraine: Selected cases of persecution of civil society activists since 2014

This report includes, among else, direct observations made during a human rights monitoring mission to Ukraine in the period between 16–19 March 2019. The mission was held at the invitation of representatives of Ukrainian civil society. The mission visited Odessa and Kyiv, where a number of meetings were held with civil society activists, human rights activists, experts, relatives of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, political refugees, Ukrainian officials, and diplomats accredited in the country. In addition to the meetings, the mission participants monitored a peaceful protest in Odessa on 16 March, 2019 and attended a round table in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 18 March 2019.

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.

Onet: Grant from the US Embassy in Poland to the Open Dialogue Foundation

Onet: Grant from the US Embassy in Poland to the Open Dialogue Foundation

he Open Dialogue Foundation, headed by Lyudmyla Kozlovska, received PLN 71,000 from the U.S. Department of State for the promotion of the rule of law in Poland. – at the same time, the Onet.pl news site pointed out that the President herself, who is a Ukrainian citizen, cannot come to Poland as her name is on the national list of undesirable persons.

naTemat: The foundation hated by PiS received support from the US

naTemat: The foundation hated by PiS received support from the US

The Open Dialogue Foundation will educate secondary school students in Poland in the rule of law, including the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary. It’s a new idea that was funded by the U.S. State Department through the U.S. Embassy.

Democracy Fitness – rule of law education with support from the US Government

Democracy Fitness – rule of law education with support from the US Government

Our new project, “Democracy fitness: transforming citizens into active stakeholders via exercising democracy”, financed by the State Department through the US Embassy in Warsaw, is aimed at secondary school students in Poland. The aim of the project is to strengthen the understanding of democratic values and processes as well as foster civic participation. Emphasis will be placed on educational activities in the area of the rule of law, including the separation of powers and independence of the judiciary. It is planned to start in September 2020.

Report: How Hate Kills. Hate Crimes in Poland in 2019

Report: How Hate Kills. Hate Crimes in Poland in 2019

The last five years have been a period of rapid changes on the political scene in Poland – in 2015, presidential and parliamentary elections were held, and the election campaigns often referred to the dangers of immigration, aroused fears of refugees or Islamists, and appealed to anti-Semitic and anti-Ukrainian sentiments. At the same time, Europe faced the challenge of receiving and integrating large groups of immigrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Although this process was not visible in Poland, it became a subject of lively public debate, accompanied by real government action in this field.

Hate unmasked: new report on hate crimes in Poland

Hate unmasked: new report on hate crimes in Poland

Over 70 instances of hate crimes on racist, homophobic, anti-semitic, xenophobicand other grounds. This grim record is a result of Open Dialogue’s latest investigation into hate crimes in Poland. The report covers the period stretching from January to December 2019, and complements the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) annual reporting on “hate incidents” across the OSCE area. Most alarmingly, the report reveals a hate crime-conducive environment with the authorities turning a blind eye, or – worst still – being complicit in endorsing and spreading intolerance, stigmatisation, discrimination or even incitement to violence.

ODF’s monitoring of the COVID-19 outbreak in Moldova

ODF’s monitoring of the COVID-19 outbreak in Moldova

As the COVID-19 outbreak started to spread in the Republic of Moldova, the Parliament declared the state of emergency on March 17, 2020. Yet, the provided rules, sanctions and restrictions are often unclear and limited.

ODF at an OSCE workshop in Prague: how to fight hate speech

ODF at an OSCE workshop in Prague: how to fight hate speech

On 22 November 2019, Foundation representatives took part in the workshop ‘Addressing Intolerant Discourse, Hate Speech and Hate Crimes in the Visegrád Group’ in Prague. The aim of the meeting was to exchange experiences and views regarding combating hate speech in the countries of the Visegrád Group.

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

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.

Hate crimes in Poland in 2018: selected cases

Hate crimes in Poland in 2018: selected cases

According to the analysis of the Ministry of Justice, in the first half of 2018, 890 cases of hate crimes were reported to Polish law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, not all criminal acts motivated by racial, xenophobic, homophobic hatred, etc., are reported to law enforcement authorities.

The Lyudmyla Kozlovska Case timeline [updated]

The Lyudmyla Kozlovska Case timeline [updated]

This is a non-exhaustive timeline of events preceding and following the expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, from the EU. This list will be updated as events unfold.

Lyudmyla Kozlovska receives residence permit in Belgium

Lyudmyla Kozlovska receives residence permit in Belgium

ODF is pleased to announce that our President, Ukrainian human rights activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska, exiled from the EU by Polish authorities back in August 2018 to international criticism, has today received a 5-year residence permit in Belgium.

Law and Justice’s campaign against the Open Dialogue Foundation

Law and Justice’s campaign against the Open Dialogue Foundation

Following the coming to power of Jarosław Kaczyński’s Law and Justice party and its president Andrzej Duda in 2015, the state of the rule of law and democracy in Poland steadily deteriorated, as universally acknowledged by the international community, including the first ever… (read more)

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.

ODF representatives made a 3-day visit to London

ODF representatives made a 3-day visit to London

A delegation of the Open Dialogue Foundation composed of its President Lyudmyla Kozlovska, Head of the Foundation Board Bartosz Kramek and its Public Affairs Director Marcin Mycielski have just returned to Brussels after a three-day visit to London where they were invited and hosted by KOD UK.

Freedom Square: The case of Lyudmyla Kozlovska is a test of our solidarity

Freedom Square: The case of Lyudmyla Kozlovska is a test of our solidarity

“Many people and organisations from the ‘pro-democratic side of the barricade’ have had dilemmas, or have openly opposed Lyudmyla’s support (…). But it is these very ‘controversies’ around Lyudmyla Kozlovska herself and the ODF that give us a better chance for our test. The solidarity test”.

Ukrainian NGOs call for support for Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Ukrainian NGOs call for support for Lyudmyla Kozlovska

“In our opinion, entering Lyudmyla Kozlovska into the Schengen Information System (SIS) and depriving her of the right to stay within the Schengen area is a dangerous precedent initiating a new way of persecution of civil activists in the EU Member States” – claims a group of Ukrainian NGOs.

Europe, do not give up on Poland!

Europe, do not give up on Poland!

“Just as in 1980 there could not be freedom without solidarity, today there can not be freedom without the rule of law!” – former President Lech Wałęsa appeals to the European Commission regarding the reform of the Supreme Court in Poland, which will come into force on 3 July 2018.

Petra De Sutter: The situation in Poland is unacceptable

Petra De Sutter: The situation in Poland is unacceptable

In the Council of Europe headquarters, the Open Dialog Foundation organized a debate devoted to the situation of the rule of law and civil society in Poland. The event was attended by Belgian parliamentarian Petra De Sutter who, after the debate, shared her thoughts and reflections on her website.

Unprecedented attacks on the Open Dialogue Foundation in Poland

Unprecedented attacks on the Open Dialogue Foundation in Poland

In the light of the recent developments in Poland, one of the most urgent problems is the attack on civil society by governmental administration bodies. Non-governmental organisations, critical of the state authorities have been subjected to unprecedented pressure.

Debate “Attack against the rule of law and civil society in Poland”

Debate “Attack against the rule of law and civil society in Poland”

On 13.09.2017, at the National Stadium in Warsaw, during the international conference 2017 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting which was an OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights event, we organised a discussion panel on the attack on the rule of law and civil society in Poland.

Bartosz Kramek for Puls Biznesu: For Ukraine, Poland is the gate to the EU

Bartosz Kramek for Puls Biznesu: For Ukraine, Poland is the gate to the EU

Low living standards, war, corruption – these and other factors prompt Ukrainians to leave their country. Those who decided to start a new life in Poland, increasingly frequently consider establishing a business here. Organisations, such as Open Europe Group, offers them support.

Report on the results of the training trip to Kyiv

Report on the results of the training trip to Kyiv

On May 05, 2016 European Exchange and ODF launched the project entitled ‘Support for young people as astimulusfor the strengthening of democracy in Ukraine’. The project is aimed at motivating the Ukrainian youth to participate directly in political and civic processes in Ukraine.

Report on the results of the training trip to Kyiv

Report on the results of the training trip to Kyiv

On May 05, 2016 European Exchange and ODF launched the project entitled ‘Support for young people as a stimulus for the strengthening of democracy in Ukraine’. The project is aimed at motivating the Ukrainian youth to participate directly in political and civic processes in Ukraine.

Report on the results of educational tour to Berlin

Report on the results of educational tour to Berlin

From 5 September, 2016 to 9 September, 2016 the Open Dialog Foundation, the European Exchange and the International Renaissance Foundation organised an educational tour for Ukrainian students from Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro and Ivano-Frankivsk to Berlin.

Report on the results of educational tour to Berlin

Report on the results of educational tour to Berlin

From 5 September, 2016 to 9 September, 2016 the Open Dialog Foundation, the European Exchange and the International Renaissance Foundation organised an educational tour for Ukrainian students from Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro and Ivano-Frankivsk to Berlin.

Tygodnik Powszechny about Artur Deska and his help to refugees from the Crimea

Tygodnik Powszechny about Artur Deska and his help to refugees from the Crimea

On the 21st October, “Tygodnik Powszechny” weekly featured an article on the community of Crimean Tartars who in 2014 were forced to leave the Russian occupied peninsula and settled in Drohobych. There, they were looked after by Artur Deska – adviser to the Management Board of the Open Dialog Founda

The Vyshyvanka Parade –  integrating and strengthening ties

The Vyshyvanka Parade – integrating and strengthening ties

On 22 May, 2016, participants of the Vyshyvanka Parada, an event, held in the capital city for the fourth time, walked approximately 6 kilometers along the streets of Warsaw. It couldn’t have been missed by members of the Open Dialog Foundation.

The war is on and requires the will to fight too, until we win

The war is on and requires the will to fight too, until we win

The recurring question, whether there will be war or not is a rhetorical one, because the war in Ukraine has been going on for many months now. We may not turn a blind eye to that – a discussion about facts is a waste of time; the situation requires action.

Kazakhstan nationalises pension funds

Kazakhstan nationalises pension funds

The creation of a new single pension fund in Kazakhstan is officially aimed at improving the state pension system. However, such a reform, in addition to the nationalisation of private savings funds, will concentrate most of the mandatory and voluntary pension savings in the hands of the state.

Eurodeputies took part in events of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe

Eurodeputies took part in events of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe

The Open Dialog Foundation in collaboration with the KCFE is publishing a series of photographs which constitute the archive of the introduction to the programme, namely “Chess in European schools.” The pictures depict chess matches which took place on the 18th of January, the 31st of January and on the 1st of February, 2012 in […]

Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton following her meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov

Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton following her meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made the following statement today: “Kazakhstan is an important partner for the EU in Central Asia and the EU has good relations and dialogue with Kazakhstan, which are important to maintain for exchanging our views and concerns. My meeting […]