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Kazakhstan: New regulations tightening control over people, while replenishing government coffers!

By Andrei Prigor, Astana On 22 December last year, the president of Kazakhstan signed amendments to the Administrative Code which mean everyone has to register with the police wherever they happen to be. This applies whether they are on a private visit, getting treatment somewhere, on a work visit or any other reason. Everyone has to

No to land privatisation! Release Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayanov!

Andrei Prigor, Astana, Kazakhstan In the spring of this year, Kazakhstan society was stirred up by the government making amendments to the law on land which would give foreigners the right to buy land. In an unprecedented development, all opposition movements, liberals and socialists and just activists came out against the law. In the city

Human rights activist, Azharkulova Kizdigoy, held in custody for seven months on trumped-up charge

  Azharkulova Kizdigoy has been an active member of the Coordination Committee of the association called “Leave the people their homes” since 2009. She is chair of the organisation in Shimkent, South Kazakhstan called “Protecting our homes”. For all of this time she has participated, together with members of the association,  in all the national

Embassy protests in solidarity with struggle against land privatisation and for democratic rights

Protesters from Campaign Kazakhstan held protests at several Kazakhstan embassies yesterday condemning the actions of the Nazarbeyev regime In London, Campaign Kazakhstan and the Socialist Party chanted “Free all political prisoners” and speeches of solidarity with protesters fighting against land privatisation and for democratic rights against the corrupt regime. The embassy locked the doors as soon

Letter to Press: Police action to foil ‘May21’ demonstrations will not abate anger

In a letter to the press, Secretary of Campaign Kazakhstan, Mick Whale, protests about police action in cities across Kazkahstan Protests called for in capitals worldwide! Dear Editor, The right to demonstrate is a fundamental right in a civilised modern democracy. The anti-democratic measures, which the Kazakhstan government have taken against its own people, in

Demonstrations across Kazakhstan planned for Saturday 21 May

Activists arrested – demands grow for president to resign By Elizabeth Clarke After confronting serious protests across the country, Kazakhstan’s President Nazarbayev quickly back-tracked on his plans to sell and lease land to Chinese interests. He announced a temporary moratorium and set up a commission involving some of the activists who had been involved in

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