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14 January, 2020 / kazakhstan
They shot to kill: eight years on from massacre of Kazakhstan’s striking oil workers

They shot to kill: eight years on from massacre of Kazakhstan’s striking oil workers

Eight years after the infamous massacre of striking oil workers and their supporters at Zhanaozen in western Kazakhstan, human rights defenders in the oil-rich republic are still seeking answers. How many victims were there, on top of the 16 dead and nearly 100 wounded acknowledged by the authorities? Who gave the order to open fire? What was the role of agents provocateurs? And Kazakhstan’s beleaguered trade union movement continues to count the cost of the killings – which brought to an end an eight-month strike, the longest and largest in the country’s history, and heralded a crackdown on all forms of opposition.
17 December, 2019 / kazakhstan

Recommendations to Kazakhstan as part of the UPR: special attention devoted to migrant rights

In anticipation of International Migrants Day on December 18, ADC Memorial, Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan, and the International Legal Initiative welcome recommendations to improve implementation of international treaties and realize fundamental human rights that Kazakhstan received as part of the Universal Periodic Review. Members of international delegations devoted special attention to the spheres of employment and migration, which are both important for the country since, as a receiving country, Kazakhstan has almost one million migrants (approximately seven percent of the population) who regularly face violation of their rights in various areas of life and have fallen victim to various forms of exploitation and human trafficking.
21 October, 2019 / kazakhstan
Kazakhstan: union leader Erlan Baltabay imprisoned again

Kazakhstan: union leader Erlan Baltabay imprisoned again

The ITUC is calling for the release of Erlan Baltabay, a leader of the Independent Oil and Energy Workers’ Union in Kazakhstan, who has been returned to prison to serve a new 5-month term. Baltabay was released from prison in August, following a special decree by Kazakhstan’s President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, that he be released on humanitarian grounds.
23 September, 2019 / kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Doing Everything To Keep Zhanaozen Activists Away From Proposed Rally

Kazakhstan Doing Everything To Keep Zhanaozen Activists Away From Proposed Rally

Following a wave of antigovernment protests across Kazakhstan earlier this month, activists from the volatile city of Zhanaozen say authorities are taking extraordinary measures to prevent them from attending another rally.
11 August, 2019 / kazakhstan
Kazakh trade union leader freed after global union effort

Kazakh trade union leader freed after global union effort

The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym Tokayev issued a decree on the evening of August 9th pardoning trade union leader Erlan Baltabay, leader of the Fuel and Energy Workers' Union and vice-president of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KNPRK), from custody. Baltabay was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment on July 17, 2019, on embezzlement charges that the international labor movement condemned as being politically motivated. His sentence also included a prohibition on trade union activities for an additional seven years after his jail term
24 July, 2019 / kazakhstan
IndustriALL calls for release of Kazakh trade union leader

IndustriALL calls for release of Kazakh trade union leader

IndustriALL Global Union is calling for the immediate release of Kazakh trade union leader, Erlan Baltabay, after he was sentenced to seven years in prison by a Kazakh court on 17 July.
17 July, 2019 / kazakhstan
International condemnation as repression deepens in Kazakhstan

International condemnation as repression deepens in Kazakhstan

The ITUC has harshly condemned the sentencing of Kazakhstan trade union leader Erlan Baltabay. Efforts to improve freedom of association for working people are once again jeopardised; but the country’s new leadership could still intervene.
26 June, 2019 / kazakhstan
Trade Union Leader Faces Prison Time in Kazakhstan Authorities Should Take Urgent Steps to Address ILO Concerns

Trade Union Leader Faces Prison Time in Kazakhstan Authorities Should Take Urgent Steps to Address ILO Concerns

As pressure built against Kazakhstan at the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conference in Geneva this month to address the country’s poor record on trade union rights, authorities back home are seeking to jail an independent trade union leader.
26 June, 2019 / kazakhstan

ITUC letter to President Tokayev re violations of ILO Conv. 87/trial E. Baltabay

Here you can find a letter sent by ITUC to the President of Kazakhstan regarding violations of ILO Convention 87.
11 June, 2019 / kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s Workers’ Rights Crackdown Under Fresh Scrutiny Reforms Urgently Needed to Protect Unions and Employees

As the International Labour Organisation (ILO) celebrates its Centenary this week, one of its key committees decided today to examine once again the grim situation for labor rights in Kazakhstan.
The move is not a surprise. In the two years since the ILO’s Committee on the Application of Standards, which examines how states comply with ILO treaties, last reviewed Kazakhstan, its government has dragged its feet on much-needed legal reforms and continued to try to silence critical voices in the workplace.