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Kazakhstan: closure of independent media and peaceful protests hampered

This update covers developments on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kazakhstan from March to June 2018.

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New report sheds light on the plight of Kyrgyz migrant workers and their family members

The report points to pervasive corruption within migration police services and increased discrimination in Kazakh society against migrants leading to their inability to formalize their presence on the territory of Kazakhstan.

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Blocking of news website and detention of journalists in Kazakhstan of grave concern, says OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir today criticized the temporary detention of journalists and editors from Ratel.kz and Forbes Kazakhstan, and the blocking of the Ratel.kz webpage in Kazakhstan.

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Kazakhstan: State vilifies opposition movement and its alleged supporters as “extremists”

This update covers developments on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kazakhstan from January to March 2018.

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Kazakhstan outlaws exiled banker's political movement

Kazakhstan has effectively outlawed a political movement created online by an exiled opponent of Nursultan Nazarbayev, after it called for street protests against the country’s long-term president.

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Kazakhstan: strikes, arrests and fears of new restrictions on fundamental freedoms

This update covers developments on the freedoms of expression, association and assembly in Kazakhstan from November 2017 to January 2018.

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World Report 2018. Kazakhstan

As the Kazakh government hosted high-profile international events, including EXPO 2017, an annual international exhibition, and several rounds of Syria peace talks, its human rights record further deteriorated.

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EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (Resolution)

European Parliament non-legislative resolution of 12 December 2017 on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Kazakhstan, of the other part.

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Problematic draft laws and politically-motivated imprisonments

Civil society fears that draft legislation on communications, lawyers and religious practice currently under consideration in Kazakhstan may result in new restrictions on fundamental rights. While an imprisoned journalist and a blogger were recently granted early release on parole, many other individuals remain behind bars because of their free exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms. Calls by UN bodies, human rights organisations and the international community for their release have gone unheeded.

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The list of Kazakhstani political prisoners and persons subjected to politically motivated prosecution by Kazakhstan

In this report, the Open Dialog Foundation has presented more than 35 cases of politically motivated prosecution by Kazakhstan.

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