KAZAKHSTAN INTERNATIONAL BUREAU FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND RULE OF LAW

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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Kazakhstan: Judicial persecution of Union leaders continues

International trade unions continue their online campaign to support the trade union leaders in Kazakhstan. To date, over 6,000 signatures have been collected yet this is not enough to make a serious impact on the situation.

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UN decisions set important precedents in view of unrelenting rights violations

During this period, UN human rights bodies announced two important, precedent-setting decisions with respect to the exercise of fundamental freedoms in Kazakhstan. At the same time, the pattern of criminal prosecution of critical voices continued, with charges of economic crimes, “incitement” of discord and defamation being used for retaliatory purposes.

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Working Conditions and Ethnic Relations Ignored in Kazakhstan

Social tensions boiled in Kazakhstan as three died in a coal mine and hundreds of workers and locals fought in Astana.

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The World Expo and Human Rights in Kazakhstan

In 2016, Kazakhstan hosted the World Expo. Held in the capital, Astana, the event cost the government upward of $1 billion, boasted booths from more than 100 countries and an impressive list of attendees. This spending alone, when nearly half the population survives on $70 a month, can be considered damning for human rights in Kazakhstan.

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22nd known 2017 criminal conviction

Sunni Imam Abdukhalil Abduzhabbarov was jailed for eight years for inciting religious hatred "with serious consequences", charges he denied. He is the 22nd individual convicted in 2017. Seven others jailed have failed in their appeals. One of two criminal cases against atheist Aleksandr Kharlamov has been closed.

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Opposition newspaper editor freed, but banned from journalism

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards the sentence as a politically-motivated attempt to silence one of Kazakhstan’s few remaining critical voices.

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