KAZAKHSTAN INTERNATIONAL BUREAU FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND RULE OF LAW

Bone in the throat

Not being able to untwist the criminal case against the Petropavlovsk blogger on the incitement of social discord, the police immediately seized on three saving letters.

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A journalist is accused of inciting social hatred for his article about former President Nazarbayev and his family

Askhat Asan, a former staff journalist, who worked for the Kazakh-language newspaper “Zhas Alash“, was questioned as part of an initiated case after his publication affecting Nursultan Nazarbayev. It´s expected that the former editor of the publication may also become a defendant in this case.

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Shock and awe

A new distinctive characteristic of the Kazakh police, aside from habitual outrage tends to be the unreasonable physical treatment. The answer on the civil protests in relation with the death of Dulat Agadil in the temporary detention facility was a new splash of aggression from the physically tired and morally devastated security forces.

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Political prisoners and political persecutions in the Republic of Kazakhstan 2019

The image of the second president is based on reforms, but political persecution of citizens for the exercise of their rights and freedoms continues.

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“Will Kazakhstan become a law-abiding state, or will the witch hunt continue? ” (open appeal)

The situation with safety of human rights defenders, journalists and civil society activists has drastically turned to the worse as of late. In June 2019 alone, various threats and attacks were perpetrated against 11 organisations, 28 women, 49 men – human rights defenders, journalists, civil society activists.

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CCPR-Centre welcomes a Kazakh court's decision to release Mr Mukhtar Dzhakishev, victim of a human rights violation

CCPR-Centre takes note of the considerable time period between the Committee's decision in Mr Dzhakishev's favour and his, still subject to potential judicial revision, release.

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: UN human rights experts call for justice and rehabilitation

Victims of torture have a right to redress, including compensation and rehabilitation, the UN anti-torture mechanisms said today ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

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Resolution on the Human rights situation in Kazakhstan 2018

EP urges Kazakhstan to abide by its international obligations and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms; calls on the Kazakhstan’s authorities to put an end to human rights abuses and any form of political repression in accordance with the principles and articles 1, 4, 5 and 235 mentioned in the EPCA.

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Kazakhstan: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018

Human rights issues included torture; political prisoners; censorship; site blocking; criminalization of libel; restrictions on religion; substantial interference with the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association; restrictions on political participation; corruption; and restrictions on independent trade unions.

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World Report 2019. Kazakhstan

There was no meaningful improvement to Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record in 2018. Authorities did not allow peaceful protests that criticized government policies. Trade unions remained restricted from freely determining their structures. Some activists were released from prison, but politically motivated prosecutions continued. A court banned an opposition movement as “extremist” and authorities targeted its supporters. Impunity for torture and ill-treatment in detention persisted. Free speech was suppressed, and independent journalists harassed or prosecuted for their work.

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