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Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding Children’s Rights and Alternative Care June 30, 2021 Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of the Child ahead of its upcoming Day of…
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

We welcome the first report of the Independent Expert on SOGI-related violence and discrimination. We recognize that some States opposed creation of the mandate, but are encouraged that it was reaffirmed by the General Assembly with support from all UN…
Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017.
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Statement delivered under Item 6

Kazakhstan’s UPR took place against the backdrop of a serious decline in its rights record, with authorities cracking down on free speech and peaceful dissent, imprisoning government critics, and tightening controls over freedom of association, religion,…
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Placing Human Rights at the Heart of EU Action

It is five years since the EU adopted its Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia. As EU foreign ministers prepare to take stock of progress so far, we, the undersigned civil society organizations, would like to suggest ways to improve the…
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Summary This submission highlights a number of key areas of concern regarding Kazakhstan’s compliance with its international human rights obligations.  In the past several years the government has made a number of important and welcome steps, but these…
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Human Rights Watch Memorandum

In seven months, Kazakhstan will take on the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the first Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) country to lead the organization. It is therefore an important time for…
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Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Thank you, Chairman Hastings and the other members of the Commission, for allowing me to submit this written statement. Human Rights Watch is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute our findings and recommendations to this hearing on Kazakhstan. The…
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May 2008

Kazakhstan’s chairmanship risks undermining the integrity of the OSCE’s human rights principles. Therefore we urge you to hold Kazakhstan to its public pledges to implement reforms. In doing so the OSCE would be helping the pro-reform forces within…
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Kazakh authorities need to conduct a thorough investigation into last weekend’s attack on a German journalist and bring the perpetrators to justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Marcus Bensmann, an independent investigative journalist whose reporting…
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Human Rights Watch Submission to the EBRD

Kazakhstan's vast energy wealth has made it an important geostrategic partner for many countries and institutions and raised the political stakes inside the country significantly. As a consequence, in recent years the government undermined freedoms to…
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U.S. President George W. Bush will be traveling to Africa from July 7-12, visiting Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria. This packet from Human Rights Watch includes material for each stop along the way. A brief overview of the Bush…
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On the Occasion of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Warsaw

Freedom of expression, and media freedoms in particular, are in danger in many OSCE participating states. In too many countries, severe restrictions and abuse afflict brave journalists whose writings focus on sensitive…