Example of Fellowship Programme for HRDs under threat by Front Line: Galym Ageleuov

April 15, 2013

Front Line Defenders hosted human rights defender Galym Ageleuov from Kazakhstan on its Fellowship Programme in Dublin between January and March 2013. Galym is the founder and head of human rights NGO Liberty – based in Almaty and established in 2011 to monitor and document human rights abuses and promote freedom of the internet in Kazakhstan, including through the You Tube project “Open Your Eyes” which broadcasts videos highlighting socio-political life in the country.

Liberty was one of the few organisations that succeeded in reporting from Zhanaozen and disseminating video footage following the massacre in 2011 when a demonstration by striking oil workers was violently suppressed by police, resulting in at least 14 deaths. Efforts to spread the awful truth of what happened there led to a serious defamation campaign against the organisation which included accusations of inciting violence and attempting to overthrow the government.

…..During his time in Ireland, Galym attended English classes, worked on his book documenting human rights violations at Zhanaozen, and was provided with an opportunity to take a break from the significant pressure and stress of his work environment.Frontline NEWlogos-1 condensed version - cropped


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