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2014-07-21 has added:  Coalition Against Torture, Int.Partnership for Human Rights, Article 19, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Amnesty International viewings: 12
Anti-torture and other human rights groups vulnerable in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Existing NGO legislation in all three countries does not provide sufficient safeguards to activists and groups to freely exercise their human right to freedom of association and the organizations issuing this statement are concerned that new legislation is being prepared to further limit the space in which groups and activists can operate.

 
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2014-07-17 has added:  IPHR, KIBHR, Nota Bene, Turkmen Initiative viewings: 19
Protection of fundamental rights in Central Asia: Update on developments in April-June 2014

A new monitoring report, which has been prepared in the framework of a joint project implemented by three Central Asian NGOs and one Brussels-based NGO, provides an overview of developments affecting the protection of fundamental rights in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in April-June 2014. The report covers major developments and individual cases in the areas of freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, equality before the law and non-discrimination, as well as access to justice of vulnerable groups.

 
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2014-06-26 has added:  Civil society organizations viewings: 29
Local and international civil society organizations call on Central Asian states to end torture and impunity

The NGOs issuing this statement are concerned about the failure of Central Asian authorities to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations into all allegations of torture and other ill-treatment resulting in impunity of the perpetrators in the vast majority of cases.

 
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2014-06-19 has added:  Kazakhstani and International NGOs viewings: 71
Civil society appeal to veto the new Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes, as well as the new Code on Administrative offences adopted by the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The new Code on Administrative Offenses adopted by the parliament seriously restrict human rights in violation of Kazakhstans Constitution and international agreements ratified by the country.   

 
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2014-05-22 has added:  KIBHR viewings: 60
Joint recommendations on improving efforts to eradicate torture in Central Asia

After the regional workshop on implementing human dimension commitments and enhancing the role of civil society in the work of the OSCE (Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 20-21 may 2014) a row of Central Asian and Western human rights defending NGO presented its recommendations to the OSCE and to authorities of Central Asian republics.

 
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2014-05-11 has added:  Kazakhstani NGOs viewings: 143
Statement on impairment of human rights present in the draft Codes of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Closely following the discussions and taking active part in the work on the drafts of Criminal, Criminal Procedure and Penal Codes, as well as Civil Procedure Code and Code of Administrative Offences of the Republic of Kazakhstan we have to regret that the said documents significantly restrict and undermine human rights while proposals made by civil society are ignored.

 
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2014-04-16 has added:  IPHR, KIBHR, TI, Nota Bene viewings: 112
New project launched in support of fundamental rights in Central Asia

These areas of human rights protection are currently characterized by serious and systematic violations in the target region.

 
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2014-07-03 has added:  Joint statement by KIBHR, Nota Bene, TIHR, IPHR viewings: 18
Statements for OSCE conference on freedom of expression

On 3-4 July 2014, representatives from the 57 OSCE participating States, civil society and international organizations will gather in Vienna for a two-day conference on the promotion of freedom of expression. International Partnership (IPHR) will participate in this conference and has prepared two statements for it, in cooperation with partner organizations. The first statement draws attention to concerns regarding restrictions on media pluralism, internet censorship, and harassment of journalists and other critical voices in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The second statement deals with current challenges to freedom of expression in Ukraine.

 
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2014-05-21 has added:  RFERL viewings: 42
Antigay activists build wall in Kazakhstan's largest city

Dozens of antigay activists have built a brick wall in front of a gay nightclub in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to protest same-sex marriage.

 
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2014-05-15 has added:  Delegation of the subcommittee of the EP on human rights viewings: 57
Final report by the Chair of the DROI Delegation (Delegation of the subcommittee of the EP on human rights to the RK)

Members inquired about the tragic events of Zhanaozen, their causes and their aftermath. After expressing concern about the conditions of detention in the countrys jails and visiting a penal colony- they called for further improvement of those conditions in the framework of the on-going reform of the penitentiary system to meet international standards. They also called on the authorities to review the cases of prisoners convicted on grounds that could be considered to be politically motivated. In that context the transfer of Ms. Roza Tuletaeva to an open colony and of Mr.Kozlov to a detention centre closer to his place of residence are positive first steps.

 
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2014-04-29 has added:  Campaign Kazakhstan viewings: 60
Vadim Kuramshin, a human rights defender, beaten and intimidated in prison

Vadim Kuramshin, the renowned political prisoner in Kazakhstan, has been badly beaten and intimidated. Before his imprisonment, he was an active campaigner against torture in the prisons and prison colonies of Kazakhstan.

 
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2014-04-28 has added:  By Gaziza BAITUOVA, IWPR viewings: 74
Kazak authorities chip away at free expression

Media rights activists in Kazakstan are concerned at legislative changes that seem designed to further restrict freedom of expression, especially on the internet.

 
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2014-04-28 has added:  By Felix CORLEY, Forum 18 News Service viewings: 101
Jailed over Easter; new deportation order

Imprisoned for six days over Easter was Council of Churches Baptist Denis Yenenko. He refused to pay a fine imposed to punish him for leading worship without the compulsory state permission. Meanwhile Jehovah's Witness Yuri Toporov, a Russian citizen, has lost his appeal against a fine and deportation to punish him for addressing his own religious community without state registration as a "missionary".

 
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2014-04-28 has added:  Hugh WILLIAMSON, Europe and Central Asia director, Human Rights Watch viewings: 58
Newspaper closing a blow to free speech

This absurd case displays the lengths to which Kazakh authorities are willing to go to bully critical media into silence. The European Union and the United States should make it clear that they will not sit quietly as the Kazakh authorities muzzle whats left of Kazakhstans independent and opposition media.

 
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