KAZAKHSTAN INTERNATIONAL BUREAU FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND RULE OF LAW

Calling for an End to Torture in Central Asia on International Anti-Torture Day

On 26 June, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Coalitions against Torture in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights and International Partnership for Human Rights are calling on the authorities of all five Central Asian countries to prevent torture, punish the perpetrators and provide reparation including compensation to the victims.

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In Kazakhstan the right to form and join trade unions is grossly violated and working activists are subjected to persecution

We call on the authorities to release Nurbek Kushakbayev and Amin Yeleusinov, to terminate the criminal case against Larisa Kharkova, to revise the Law on Trade Unions which does not meet international standards and obligations of Kazakhstan in the framework of the conventions of International Labour Organisation and, in general, its attitude towards non-commercial organisations.

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Statement on an assault on Ramazan Yesergepov

We are flummoxed and concerned by what the investigators seem to have been trying to picture as nothing more than a domestic conflict at the Almaty railway station.

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Right of Defence #9

A quarterly electronic bulletin dedicated to the situation in Kazakhstan in relation to those who defends the rights of other members of society. This issue covers the situation in January-March 2017.

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Right of Defence #8

This quarterly electronic bulletin dedicated to the situation in Kazakhstan in relation to those who defends the rights of other members of society. This issue covers the situation in October-December 2016.

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Jehovah’s witnesses in Kazakhstan fear repeat of Russia ban after ‘scary’ crackdown

After operations at its headquarters were suspended last week, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kazakhstan fear their country’s government is going down the same path as neighboring Russia, where the Christian group was effectively banned earlier this year.

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Journalist and press freedom defender stabbed in Kazakhstan

He had been scheduled to meet with officials from the Lithuanian and German embassies in Astana to discuss his past imprisonment and the case of Zhanbolat Mamay, the editor of the independent newspaper Sayasi kalam/Tribuna, who has been jailed since February.

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Trades unionists have launched an international campaign for the release of Kazakhstan labour activist

Kushakbayev is a trade union safety inspector at Oil Construction Company (OCC), an oilfield service firm based in Mangistau, western Kazakhstan. He is also deputy president of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan, which the government banned last year.

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New constitutional amendments - a false hope for democratisation

Kazakhstan’s parliament recently adopted constitutional amendments that President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed into law on 10th March 2017. The amendments have been described as a step forward in strengthening democratic governance in the country by delegating some presidential powers to the legislature.

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New initiative tracks civic space worldwide, FSU countries among the least free

Among the Central Asian countries, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are rated as closed, Tajikistan as repressed and Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as obstructed.

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