Kazakhstan: Briefing Paper on the situation of human rights defenders

18.03.2014

(Geneva) - Kazakhstan is scheduled to be reviewed at the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review in October 2014.

Freedom of expression and assembly are severely restricted in Kazakhstan, with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recently expressing concern that the space for civil society and public criticism is shrinking rather than expanding, both in law and in practice. Internet freedoms have been severely curtailed in recent years, with a 2010 law enabling the blocking of domestic and foreign websites and the restriction of personal blogs and chat rooms.

(Geneva) - Kazakhstan is scheduled to be reviewed at the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review in October 2014.

Freedom of expression and assembly are severely restricted in Kazakhstan, with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recently expressing concern that the space for civil society and public criticism is shrinking rather than expanding, both in law and in practice. Internet freedoms have been severely curtailed in recent years, with a 2010 law enabling the blocking of domestic and foreign websites and the restriction of personal blogs and chat rooms.

Human rights defenders also face physical threats and attacks and the State has not done enough to combat impunity for such violations. There has still not been an adequate investigation into, or accountability for, the use of excessive and lethal force against striking mine workers and others in Zhanaozen, which resulted in at least 17 deaths.

This Briefing Paper on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Kazakhstan is intended to assist States and other stakeholders to formulate questions and recommendations regarding the protection of human rights defenders during the UPR.

For further information about the Briefing Paper or for any assistance or advice in the formulation of recommendations, please contact ISHR's Dr Heather Collister, on h.collister@ishr.ch

Photo: UN Photo/Pierre Albouy

Category:

Region
  • Asia
  • Europe
Topic
  • Human rights defenders
Mechanism
  • Universal Periodic Review
Country
  • Kazakhstan