Kazakhstan: Persecution of NGO for “failure to pay taxes” as authorities again clamp down on dissent

Index Number: EUR 57/6205/2017

The recent case brought against a human rights NGO for alleged failure to pay taxes is yet another attempt by the authorities in Kazakhstan to clamp down on the rights to freedom of expression and association. The case also sends a chilling message to other human rights and legal assistance NGOs that they could face reprisals simply for assisting people to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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