KAZAKHSTAN INTERNATIONAL BUREAU FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND RULE OF LAW

Statement on violations by Kazakhstan of its international obligations and constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of expression, and persecutions of journalists and civil society activists

Accusations of economic crimes or incitement of various kinds of discord that are not verified or backed with sufficient evidence, and are based on legally inadmissible expert opinions which are conjectural more than anything else, represent a direct threat to the freedom of speech and freedom of expression, and to the very existence of independent media and journalists’ and bloggers’ unhindered ability to do their job.

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EU urged to insist on concrete measures to address pressing human rights issues in Kazakhstan

Today the EU will hold the eighth round of its annual Human Rights Dialogue with Kazakhstan in Brussels.

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Right of Defence #7

The new issue of 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 July-September 2016.

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Punitive psychiatry gaining momentum in Kazakhstan

Authorities and totalitarian countries often utilize physicians and medicines to suppress dissenting citizens and political opponents. Modern Kazakhstan is no exception. Those criticizing Astana risk being declared insane and ending up in psychiatric institutions.

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Key UN body reviews Kazakhstan’s human rights record

The Committee will examine the Second Periodic Report submitted by Kazakhstan under this core human rights treaty and assess progress made by the authorities of the country since the first review in 2011.

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Criminal cases for meeting, criticising Muslim Board

Kazakhstan has detained Kuanysh Bashpayev for criticising the state-controlled Muslim Board, and Satimzhan Azatov for meeting Muslims without state permission. Both face criminal charges of "inciting religious hatred or discord", as does atheist Aleksandr Kharlamov facing a possible new trial. Bashpayev's trial opens 14 February.

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Special series on threats to civic space in Kazakhstan - part 2: Expression

In this second part, we focus on the freedom of expression and discuss the latest legal and practical developments related to the regulation of the media, political pressure on media houses, online censorship and attacks on journalists.

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Editor arrested in Kazakhstan

Police arrested Mamay, an outspoken government critic, an editor of opposition newspaper in Almaty on February 10, on suspicion of money laundering.

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Sharing beliefs "grave crime" requiring detention?

Kazakhstan's KNB secret police has arrested two Jehovah's Witnesses for discussing their faith with KNB informers. Teymur Akhmedov and Asaf Guliyev are in two months' pre-trial detention, although Akhmedov needs hospitalisation for cancer treatment. The Judge claimed this was to defend a "civilised society".

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Special series on threats to civic space in Kazakhstan - part 1: Association

In this first part, we focus on the freedom of association and discuss the latest legal and practical developments related to NGO regulation, reporting, taxation and foreign funding.

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