Kazakhstan

Freedom House condemns the lawsuits filed by the General Prosecutor's office in Kazakhstan against media outlets K+, Respublika, StanTV, and Vzglyad, as well as the opposition political parties Alga and the Popular Front and is increasingly concerned about the state of freedom of expression and association in the country.

Freedom House denounces a Kazakhstani court decision to sentence the owner and chief editor of Alma-Ata Info newspaper to three years in prison and calls for the country's appeals court to overturn his conviction and release him immediately.

Freedom House urges participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to make clear that the decision of Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev to sign a repressive new internet law does not bode well for the success of Kazakhstan’s upcoming chairmanship of the OSCE.

A new Freedom House website examines the human rights and democracy promotion work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with a special emphasis on Kazakhstan’s upcoming chairmanship of the international body.

Freedom House urges the parliament and president of Kazakhstan to prevent the passage of a bill that would give the government almost unlimited authority to censor domestic and international websites.

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