05 May, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
Repression and violent physical attacks against leaders and activists of the independent trade unions in Kazakhstan continue unabated.
18 April, 2018
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
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
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
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.