Kazakhstan

Changes ahead or status quo? Presidential promises amidst ongoing prosecution of political activists

During December 2019 there were numerous detentions of citizens participating in unsanctioned demonstrations, especially on Kazakhstan’s Independence Day on 16th December 2019, which is marked every year with demonstrations and small-scale pickets across the country. The detentions illustrate that the worrying trend of detaining anyone who demonstrates public dissent continues. However, on 20th December 2019 President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev made several statements which alluded to potential positive changes in the situation for civil society, media and activists in Kazakhstan.
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Changes ahead or status quo? Presidential promises amidst ongoing prosecution of political activists

Kazakhstan: Civil society activists intimidated, harassed and imprisoned

Fundamental freedoms have continuously been severely restricted in Kazakhstan.
Civil society activists, bloggers, protest participants and others - who criticised authorities in power - faced intimidation and harassment, including prosecution on charges brought against their legitimate exercise of freedom of expression, association and assembly. Read more

Kazakhstan: Civil society activists intimidated, harassed and imprisoned

Kazakhstan: A tightening grip on civil society: ongoing persecution of activists across the country

During the period covered by this report, Kazakhstan witnessed reinforced persecution of civil society activists, journalists and other citizens exercising their fundamental rights. This includes the prosecution of numerous civil society activists, journalists and other individuals in retaliation for expressing their opinion, engaging in online activities or participating in peaceful demonstrations on socio-economic and political issues. The reporting period also saw the continued denial of state registration for NGOs working on issues that are sensitive to the authorities. Read more

Kazakhstan: A tightening grip on civil society: ongoing persecution of activists across the country

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