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The National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan or KNB Saturday issued a statement announcing the detention of its former chief Karim Massimov on suspicion of high treason. A pre-trial investigation into the treason allegations has been launched by the KNB. The KNB, which replaced the Soviet KGB as Kazakhstan’s intelligence agency, is engaged [...]

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JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan are filing reports with JURIST on the situation there after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. Here, a lawyer in Kabul offers his personal observations and perspective on the recent regional meeting on Afghanistan convened in Moscow by neighboring states concerned about the situation in [...]

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Amnesty International on Wednesday reported a global decline in state executions in 2020 due to the pandemic. The report details a global review of death penalty rates from January 2020 through December 2020, which fell by 26% as compared to 2019. Despite the trend, many countries — including Egypt and the United States — significantly [...]

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A court in southern Kazakhstan on Thursday sentenced two activists to two years of probation for their involvement with banned political groups. The court in Taraz found both Nazira Lesova and Nazira Lepesova guilty of organizing and participating in prohibited demonstrations as part of their activities with the groups Koshe (Street) Party and the Democratic Choice [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged the EU to press for human rights reforms in Central Asia during an upcoming meeting. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU, was set to have a virtual meeting with foreign ministers of five Central Asian countries—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—at the 16th EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting [...]

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Following the arrest of dozens of protesters during demonstrations on Kazakhstan’s Independence Day on Monday, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced Friday that the nation would begin moving toward liberalizing laws about rallies and the formation of political parties. Rallies without official approval are illegal in Kazakhstan, which prompted the arrests at Monday’s demonstrations in the capital [...]

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