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Kazakhstan OSCE - 2010

Kazakhstan OSCE - 2010

New report details unfulfilled promises during Kazakhstan’s year as Chair-in-Office of the OSCE.

The report Kazakhstan – OSCE 2010: Progress or Regress? On Completion of Kazakhstan’s OSCE Chairmanship tells the story of unfulfilled promises during Kazakhstan’s year as Chair-in-Office of the OSCE. It is published by Freedom House in co-operation with a coalition of Kazakhstani human rights organizations, OSCE 2010: Kazakhstan NGOs Coalition. Norwegian Helsinki Committee Central Asia Program Coordinator, Lene Wetteland, submitted the final chapter to the report: Kazakhstan OSCE Chairmanship – a Hollow Diplomatic Victory.

Evgeniy Zhovtis, Director of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law and 2010 Sakharov Freedom Award laureate, has submitted an introduction to the report. The fact that he remains incarcerated at the time of writing is part of the catalogue of unmet commitments that the report documents. The report gives an overview of the human rights situation in Kazakhstan, and include chapters detailing the situation with specific human rights, such as the right to life, combating torture, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression and dissemination of information, freedom of peaceful assembly, democratic institutions (political parties), and elections. A final chapter looks at Kazakhstan’s OSCE Chairmanship, portraying it as “a hollow diplomatic victory”.

The full report can be downloaded here.