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

What lies ahead for Kazakhstan?

A contribution on perspectives for Kazakhstan, by Mick Whale, Secretary of Campaign Kazakhstan  The following analysis of the current situation in Kazakhstan by Mick Whale is written in a personal capacity. Mick, a teachers’ union activist in Britain, has visited Kazakhstan in recent years. Mick has met and discussed with many worker-activists across the country,

After fake elections a storm is brewing in Kazakhstan

  Andrei Prigor, Astana Parliamentary ‘elections’ took place this year on March 20th. In what has become a tradition, the election was held before it was due. In the whole period in which Kazakhstan has been independent, there has not been one parliamentary or presidential election that has gone ahead according to the period laid