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Solidarity campaigns

05 May, 2022
Kazakhstan: Free the worker activist Erzhan Elshibayev

Kazakhstan: Free the worker activist Erzhan Elshibayev

Erzhan Elshibayev, a human rights defender and a worker activist in Kazakhstan has been in prison for over two years now. He is one of the organisers of the 2019 rallies in the town of Zhanaozen to demand higher wages for local workers and the creation of jobs for the unemployed. Zhanaozen is a town in Western Kazakhstan located in the centre of the richest oil bearing region. Yet, for many years, the unemployment rate in the town remains one of the highest in the country.
26 April, 2022
Belarus: Biggest attack on a trade union in Europe this century

Belarus: Biggest attack on a trade union in Europe this century

April 19 was marked a black day in the history of the independent trade union movement in Belarus. The State Security Service (KGB) arrested more than a dozen trade union activists, including almost all the Union leaders. Among them were President of Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) Alexandr Yarashuk, vice-president Siarhei Antusevich, and the head of the Free Belarusian Trade Union Mikalaj Sharakh.
26 August, 2020
Belarus: Stop the violence - defend democracy and human rights

Belarus: Stop the violence - defend democracy and human rights

I support the workers of Belarus, who are exercising their right to industrial action in defence of democracy and human rights. I condemn all forms of repression against workers' and members of their families. The wave of violence must be stopped.
02 November, 2019
Kazakhstan: Trade unionist Erlan Baltabay imprisoned - again!

Kazakhstan: Trade unionist Erlan Baltabay imprisoned - again!

In July this year, Erlan Baltabay, a leader of the Independent Oil and Energy Workers' Union in Kazakhstan, was sentenced to seven years in prison on politically motivated charges.
01 August, 2019
Kazakhstan: Erlan Baltabay sentenced to 7 years in prison for union activity

Kazakhstan: Erlan Baltabay sentenced to 7 years in prison for union activity

We need your support! Please, join us in calling upon the Kazakh authorities to put an end to persecution and violence against independent trade union leaders, and to ensure freedom and safety for trade union activists in the country.
19 November, 2018
Kazakhstan: Stop repression and physical attacks on leaders of independent unions; hands off Larisa Kharkova, Erlan Baltabai and Dmitriy Senyavskiy

Kazakhstan: Stop repression and physical attacks on leaders of independent unions; hands off Larisa Kharkova, Erlan Baltabai and Dmitriy Senyavskiy

Repression and violent physical attacks against leaders and activists of the independent trade unions in Kazakhstan continue unabated.
18 April, 2018
MALOKHAT STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP

MALOKHAT STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP

Last November her home was raided by Uzbek police and some of her belongings were confiscated. The police were searching for her cell phone and computer. She was targeted for her work to end forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry.
02 February, 2018
FREE GASPAR MATALAEV

FREE GASPAR MATALAEV

On October 4, 2016, human rights activist Gaspar Matalaev was arrested in Turkmenistan, Central Asia. He has reportedly been subjected to torture by electric current to force him to confess to false charges of minor fraud. Repeated promises of his release have been broken.
02 December, 2017
MALOKHAT URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP

MALOKHAT URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP

On November 12, Uzbek police raided the home of human rights activist Malokhat Eshonkulova and confiscated some of her belongings, including electric heaters, in a nearly 11-hour search for her computer and cell phone. Malokhat is being targeted for her work monitoring forced and child labor in Uzbekistan’s government-run cotton harvest.
28 August, 2017
Give support to the independent trade unions of Kazakhstan

Give support to the independent trade unions of Kazakhstan

The independent trade unions remain under pressure in Kazakhstan. After the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KNPRK) was de-registered by court order and its bank accounts, equipment and property seized, persecution of union leaders began. In April 2017 Nurbek Kushakbayev, Vice-President of the KNPRK, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Then, in May, Amin Eleusinov, President of the Oil Construction Company Workers’ Union, was sentenced to two years behind bars. Both sentences include deprivation of the right to professional and public activity for 3 years.