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Kazakhstan at a Crossroads

Kazakhstan at a Crossroads

Date: Tuesday February 2nd 2010, 6pm-7.45pm

Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Houses of Parliament.

2010 is a vitally important year for Kazakhstan and for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). For the first time a Central Asian nation has taken the leadership role of a major international political organisation, but Kazakhstan is also be the first non-democracy to become the OSCE's Chairman-in-Office. Kazakhstan is under the international spotlight to an extent it has not seen since independence. In light of this the FPC hosted a major Westminster Seminar, supported by the Civil Activity Fund, to discuss Kazakhstan's OSCE Chairmanship, the current human rights and political situation in the country and the role the international community can play to support reform in the country.

Speakers included:

  • Chris Bryant MP, Minister for Europe
  • Iva Dobichina, Director of Central Asia Programmes, Freedom House
  • Bakhytzhan Ketabayev, Head of K+ Satellite TV Channel, and member of the Civil Activity Fund
  • Vera Tkachenko, Director, Legal Policy Research Centre
  • Mike Gapes MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (Chair)

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