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

In partnership with the International Trade Union Confederation, IndustriALL, KNPRK - the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan ,Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR), Industri Energi and the Arthur Svensson Foundation.

Repression and violent physical attacks against leaders and activists of the independent trade unions in Kazakhstan continue unabated. On 25 September 2018, a trumped-up criminal case was brought against Erlan Baltabai, leader of the Fuel and Energy Workers' Union, affiliated with the banned Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KNPRK). Now Baltabai, like other independent union leaders before him, faces criminal charges, based on the interference of the state into internal trade union affairs, hence violating ILO Convention 87. On 10 November 2018, Dmitriy Senyavskiy, leader of the local branch of the Fuel and Energy Workers' Union in the Karaganda Region, was attacked and brutally beaten by a group of unknown persons. 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 activities in the country.

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