Kazakhstan

1 December 2016
More of the Same

Kazakhstan jails activists, plans a Great Firewall to stifle online dissent. From The Conversation. 

By Nurseit Niyazbekov
 
29 November 2016
Kazakh Land Reform Protesters Sent to Prison For Five Years

The predictable conviction of the two activists highlights Astana’s disregard for rights to peaceful assembly.  

 
24 November 2016
Nursultan-burg, Here We Come

Kazakh lawmakers back renaming the capital after the president, a move that still needs Nazarbaev's blessing. 

 
21 October 2016
Kazakhstan School Hijab Ban Upheld Premium

Adopted in January, the ban, which prohibits any kind of religiously affiliated clothing, has not deterred students from wearing hijabs until now.

 
20 October 2016
Fate of Kazakh Land Reform Protesters Likely ‘Sealed’ Premium

Observers feel a guilty verdict is inevitable, as critics accuse government of launching a smear campaign against activists through friendly media. 

 
14 October 2016
Land Rights Activists on Trial in Kazakhstan Premium

Human rights watchdogs are asking for their release, arguing that their protests did not breach any law. 

 
4 October 2016
Activists Condemn Sentencing of Top Independent Kazakh Journalists Premium

The imprisonment of Seytkazy and Aset Matayev could spell the end of an institution that had served as a haven for independent reporters and activists.

 
22 September 2016
New Cities for a New Road Premium

Spanking new towns and ports are popping up along the route of China’s New Silk Road from Asia to the Caucasus and Europe.

 
19 September 2016
Proxy War for the Soul of Kazakhstan
Once a high roller on the political scene, now a wanted man, a former Almaty mayor makes his case for heroic status alongside the country’s founding father.
By Robert A. Saunders
 
13 September 2016
Why Did the Kazakh Leader Reshuffle His Cabinet?
Economic weakness and succession concerns might have influenced Nazarbaev’s decision to demote long-serving premier.
 

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