Kazakhstan - IFEX Member Campaigns
Twenty-seven IFEX members appeal for end to impunity in recent brutal attacks on journalists in Kazakhstan, including near-fatal attack on Luqpan Akhmedyarov in April.
Twenty-nine IFEX members have signed a letter to the Prosecutor General about the detention of editor Igor Vinyavsky, whose detention is believed to be politically motivated, calling for him to be released and for the evidence leading to his arrest to be made public.
ARTICLE 19 opposes this candidacy due to the poor human rights record of the Kazakh government and its failure to implement recent pledges to improve press freedom.
Kazakhstan's authorities have failed to fulfil their commitment to review the defamation legislation and adopt access to information legislation.
CPJ noted that not only has Kazakhstan not kept its promises but the press freedom situation has possibly degenerated further over the past two years.
Kazakhstan, the current chair of the OSCE, has failed to decriminalise libel and has passed new, restrictive Internet and privacy laws, CPJ noted.
On 12 April 2010, US President Obama will be meeting in Washington with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
(Adil Soz/IFEX) - The following is a joint letter to the Deputies of Parliament by twenty-two IFEX members:
Rinata Alibekova was recently hired as the IFEX Central Asia Project Coordinator and is based at the office of IFEX member Adil Soz, in Kazakhstan. In her role, Rinata is seeking to initiate new advocacy efforts while supporting ongoing activities across the region with organisations in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, working together to advocate for freedom of expression in Central Asia.