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Instagrammer Faces Criminal Prosecution for Satirical News

Temirlan Ensebek, a 25-year-old from Almaty, Kazakhstan, is under criminal investigation on charges of “disseminating knowingly false information” in connection with the satirical Instagram account Qaznews24, which he ran for a few weeks in April. If…
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Kazakhstan’s Partners Should Condemn Government’s Stifling of Free Association

Correction: The dispatch was updated to remove reference to legal amendments adopted in 2015. The changes to the administrative code requiring nongovernmental organizations to report on receipt and expenditure of foreign funds was adopted in July 2016…
From left to right: the head of Erkindik Kanaty, Elena Shvetsova, with lawyers Olga Enns and Roman Reimer, in the office of the deputy head of the tax department, Erlik Mukanov, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, January 18, 2021.
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Lawmakers Have Opportunity to Strengthen Flawed Law

Ainagul from Aktobe, Gulnara from Kostanai, Arailym from Almaty, and Madina from Karaganda: these women from cities across Kazakhstan share a painful connection. They are all survivors of domestic violence at the hands of their abusive partners or…
Participants protest against discrimination and gender-based violence during a rally held by members of feminist organizations and social activists in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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Government Should Ensure Protection for Survivors During COVID-19 Lockdown

While Kazakhstan authorities fight the spread of coronavirus by putting much of the country under lockdown, they should ensure domestic violence victims can still access refuge and services despite quarantine measures. On…
A woman rides a bus wearing face protective mask amid concerns over the coronavirus, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, March 16, 2020.
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UN Body Criticizes Domestic Violence Record, Urges Protection for Women with Disabilities

The United Nation’s top women rights body has criticized Kazakhstan’s government over its poor record on domestic violence and protecting women with disabilities. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has…
Participants protest against discrimination and gender-based violence during a rally held by members of feminist organizations and social activists in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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Crackdown on Independent Trade Union Movement Continues

October 31, 2019 Update: On October 16 Erlan Baltabay was jailed again for five months, as a penalty for not paying the fine imposed. August 15, 2019 Update: Erlan Baltabay was released from prison on August 9 under a pardon…
Erlan Baltabay, leader of the independent trade union “Decent Labor,” at his trial in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
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Ethnic Kazakh Woman Denounced ‘Political Reeducation’ Camps

Sayragul Sauytbai, an ethnic Kazakh woman with Chinese citizenship, is one of few people who have dared to speak publicly about China’s abusive “political reeducation” camps across Xinjiang. Earlier this year, Sauytbai fled Xinjiang to…
Ethnic-Kazakh Chinese citizen Sayragul Sauytbay in court in Zharkent, Kazkhstan, July, 2018.
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Kyrgyz Government Flagrantly Denies Activist’s Rights, Violates Their Obligations

  Kyrgyzstan has extradited a Kazakhstan activist back to his country – even though he faces politically-motivated criminal charges and is at risk of being tortured. It is utterly outrageous. Kyrgyz officers took Murat Tungishbaev away…
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The rapid spread of the Zika virus has raised concern among public health officials across the Americas. The World Health Organization warned Sunday that the virus is likely to spread further across the region. At first glance,…
A woman walks away from her apartment as health workers fumigates the Altos del Cerro neighborhood as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Soyapango, El Salvador January 21, 2016.
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In Kazakhstan, doing your job can come at great personal cost – especially for those who openly question and criticize government authorities and leaders. In recent years, journalists, labor activists, lawyers, and opposition figures have all been…
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As soon as tomorrow, a court in eastern Kazakhstan will rule on whether to convict and imprison a journalist and civil society activist  for “inciting religious discord” for articles he published that were critical of world religions. Kazakh law sets out…