08ASTANA867, KAZAKHSTAN: OUTREACH ON DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND

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08ASTANA867 2008-05-06 03:36 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO5992
RR RUEHAST
DE RUEHTA #0867 1270336
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 060336Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2339
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY 0414

UNCLAS ASTANA 000867 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA) 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FOR THE AMBASSADOR FOR DRL A/S KRAMER 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM KDEM KIRF PREL KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN:  OUTREACH ON DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND 
DISSIDENTS 
 
REF: State 108924 
 
1. (SBU) In response to reftel, there are no high profile dissidents 
from un-free nations living in exile or seeking asylum in 
Kazakhstan. 
 
2. (SBU) In the course of my work, I do, however, regularly meet 
with leading Kazakhstani democracy and human rights activists, 
including Yevgeniy Zhovtis, director of the Kazakhstan International 
Bureau for Human Rights, Galymzhan Zhakiyanov, chairman of the Civil 
Society Foundation, and Zauresh Battolova, head of the Polyton Club. 
In addition, I frequently meet with the leadership of the main 
opposition political parties, including Bulat Abilov, Oraz 
Zhandosov, and Tulegen Zhukeyev of Azat (the former True Ak Zhol 
party), and Zharmakhan Tuyakbay and Amirzhan Kosanov of the National 
Social Democratic Party. 
ORDWAY

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