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8 June 2021 / kazakhstan

Repressions Against Independent Unions in Kazakhstan Continue

Last week, on June 02, 2021, a meeting took place between representatives of the Oil Construction Company Workers’ Union affiliated to the Sectoral Fuel and Energy Workers’ Union with the management of the JSC “National Company “KazMunaiGas”. During the meeting the Union raised the issue of the refusal of the management of a subsidiary of “KazMunaiGas” to comply with the existing CBA, as well as a number of other issues.

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Kyrgyzstan: controversial trade union law vetoed
1 June 2021 / kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: controversial trade union law vetoed

The law on trade unions that would seriously undermine freedom of association in Kyrgyzstan and deprive unions of their independence was vetoed by the President on 27 May.

Cotton campaign page summary on Turkmenistan
1 June 2021 / International

Cotton campaign page summary on Turkmenistan

Comments Concerning the Ranking of Turkmenistan by the United States Department of State in the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report February 2020 | by the International Labor Rights Forum on behalf of the Cotton Campaign

Kazakhstan: over 2,000 citizens have been illegally detained over the past 6 years
25 May 2021 / kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: over 2,000 citizens have been illegally detained over the past 6 years

The pre-trial investigation authorities don’t pay due attention to the issues of proving the guilt of the suspect before bringing him/her to justice. As a result of this negligence, more than two thousand citizens have been illegally detained over the past six years. Such a verdict is contained in the Concept to the draft “On amendments and additions to certain legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan concerning the implementation of a three-tier model with delineation of powers and areas of responsibility between law enforcement agencies, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Court”, which was presented by the General Prosecutor’s Office of the republic.

Authorities in Kazakhstan Can’t Take a Joke
20 May 2021 / kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan Can’t Take a Joke

Temirlan Ensebek, a 25-year-old from Almaty, Kazakhstan, is under criminal investigation on charges of “disseminating knowingly false information” in connection with the satirical Instagram account Qaznews24, which he ran for a few weeks in April. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. On May 15, police detained Ensebek for questioning, carried out a search of his home, and confiscated two mobile phones and a laptop. After several hours of questioning, Ensebek was released. His lawyer, Zhanara Balgabaeva, told Human Rights Watch that she and Ensebek had to sign nondisclosure agreements.

New FAO-led food security and nutrition report for Europe and Central Asia elaborates on the costs of a healthy diet
17 May 2021 / International

New FAO-led food security and nutrition report for Europe and Central Asia elaborates on the costs of a healthy diet

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ILO calls for resilient occupational safety and health systems for future emergencies
29 April 2021 / International

ILO calls for resilient occupational safety and health systems for future emergencies

Better national occupational safety and health policies, institutional and regulatory frameworks, that are also integrated into crisis response, are needed, says the International Labour Organization.