KAZAKHSTAN INTERNATIONAL BUREAU FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND RULE OF LAW

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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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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Against torture together. Rasim Bayramov’s story

On 14 February 2016, after almost eight years of fighting to prove his innocence and trying to achieve justice, Rasim Bayramov died of complications resulting from illnesses he had contracted in prison.

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Land protests in Kazakhstan

On 21 May 2016 in several cities of Kazakhstan citizens planned to hold peaceful acts of protest demanding to fully abolish amendments to the Land Code, which increase the land lease term for foreigners and allow an option to purchase additional 7.14 million hectares.

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Justice for Rasim Bayramov

In February this year, Rasim Bayramov died at 33 years old of complications resulting from an illness he contracted in prison. Rasim had spent the last eight years of fighting to prove his innocence after being arrested and tortured by police in Kazakstan in order to force him to confess to theft. He was sentenced to five years' imprisonment after an unfair trial.

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