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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Information statement

On 21 February 2017, Mr. Mamai informed his attorney that he had been beaten in the cell and subjected to psychological pressure, of which he personally wrote a statement addressed to his attorney.

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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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