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Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Kazakhstan

This virtual event will discuss the findings of an upcoming Foreign Policy Centre publication entitled Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Kazakhstan. The event and publication seeks to comprehensively examine the present human rights situation in Kazakhstan as the country continues to navigate the post-pandemic environment and power transition between former President Nazarbayev and President Tokayev. It will look at the emerging pressures on a political settlement that gave Kazakhstan’s citizens economic growth and relative stability, but demanded restrictions on political freedoms including continuing pressure on NGOs and restrictions on the right to protest.


The event and publication, the third in our Retreating Rights series, will address issues including: the political situation, governance, corruption, COVID response, human rights, civil society, media freedom, rule of law, labour rights, digital security, policing, nationalism, religious freedom, and women’s and minority rights. They will also explore the opportunities for international engagement with the country to respond to those challenges.


Listen to an audio recording of the event here and you can watch the video of the event here.

When July 22, 2021 2:00pm-3:30pm (BST)

The event will take place on Zoom.


Anna Gussarova, Director of the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies (CAISS)

Dr Khalida Azhigulova, Associate Professor (Law) at Eurasian Technological University

Tatiana Chernobil, Human Rights Law Consultant

Aigerim Kamidola, Independent Human Rights Lawyer and Researcher

Chair: Adam Hug, Director of The Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

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