Kazakhstan


Reinforced authoritarianism – sentencing of opposition activists, surveillance of citizens

This update covers developments on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kazakhstan from October to December 2018 and was prepared for the CIVICUS Monitor by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR) based on KIBHR’s monitoring of the situation in the country. Read more

Reinforced authoritarianism – sentencing of opposition activists, surveillance of citizens

Kazakhstan: Rapid shrinking of civic space and freedoms

This update covers developments on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kazakhstan from July to September 2018. It was prepared by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR) for the CIVICUS Monitor based on KIBHR’s monitoring of the situation in the country. Read more

Kazakhstan: Rapid shrinking of civic space and freedoms

Kazakhstan: Closure of independent media and peaceful protests hampered

Several violations of the rights to freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression took place during the last few months. Read more

Kazakhstan: Closure of independent media and peaceful protests hampered

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

In mid-March 2018, the movement Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, founded by a leading government opponent in exile, Mukhtar Ablyazov, was banned as “extremist” by court order. Following the court decision, the authorities unleashed a campaign against the movement’s members and alleged supporters by detaining, warning or opening criminal cases against those who had expressed support for the movement and disseminated information about its programmes on social media. Read more

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

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

During this period, the president signed new legislation that media and civil society groups have warned may further undermine independent and investigative reporting. Plans to introduce an automatic system for monitoring and tracking down “illegal” internet content also gave rise to free speech concerns. Read more

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

Kazakhstan: 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. Read more

Kazakhstan: Problematic draft laws and politically-motivated imprisonments

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. One outspoken social media user continued to be held in psychiatric detention, while one activist fled the country due to pressure. New, restrictive draft legislation affecting the activities of media and religious communities were under consideration, and authorities continued to interfere with the rights of residents to peacefully gather and voice concerns. Read more

UN decisions set important precedents in view of unrelenting rights violations

Litany of abuses continues, even under Expo-2017 spotlight

The Kazakh authorities continue to restrict civic freedoms and stifle dissent, despite being in the international spotlight during Expo-2017. Read more

Litany of abuses continues, even under Expo-2017 spotlight

Justice advocates and government critics continue to feel the heat in Kazakhstan

Following a spate of attacks, harassment and prosecutions Kazakhstan's embattled civil society continues to be targetted for exercising fundamental rights Read more

Justice advocates and government critics continue to feel the heat in Kazakhstan