New EU projects on human rights and democracy in Kazakhstan (13/01/2010)

ASTANA, 13 January 2010 - The EU Delegation to Kazakhstan announces the launch of five new projects to be implemented in co-operation with civil society organisations in the field of democracy and human rights. These projects will be funded by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EDIHR) programme.

The new projects will specifically address the prevention of human trafficking through legal education and dissemination of information, promotion of press freedom and media legislation reform, social protection instruments for vulnerable groups, civil society participation in local budgeting and enhancing human rights information in Kazakh language.

Geographically the new EU initiatives will cover all regions of the country, with the main activities taking place in Astana, Almaty, Aktobe, Atyrau, Karaganda, Oral, Oskemen, Petropavlovsk, Semey, Shymkent, Taraz and Taldykorgan.

Despite their geographical and thematic variety, all projects are aimed at several common goals:

  • to widen cooperation with local and national authorities and promote civil society's voice in the decision-making and legislation drafting;
  • to raise wider public awareness on human rights issues and make more information on this topics available to citizens;
  • to build the capacity of local human rights organisations and civil society advocates.

The projects will run from one to three years with the total budget of €670 000. The new projects complement the other three EDIHR 2009 projects started in October – November last year, making the overall EU financial contribution to this programme in the amount of €1 200 000.

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (previously known as the European Initiative for Democracy and Human rights) is the EU financing instrument to support civil society initiatives on promoting human rights and freedoms, civic participation, the fight against corruption and the rule of law. Since 1991, EIDHR has provided more than €8 million to nearly 100 projects in Kazakhstan. The projects have been implemented by Kazakhstan's non-governmental organisations covering all regions of the country.

More information on the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights could be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/how/finance/eidhr_en.htm

For more information, please contact Ms Madina Bakieva, EU Delegation Press and Information Officer at +7 (7172) 971148, madina.bakieva@ec.europa.eu.