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ALMATY – Today in Almaty Chaplin Mega Park theatre hosted the opening of the IV European Film Festival, organized by the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan. The Festival will last from 5 to 7 November and present 16 films produced by the European Union Member States, as well as provide exclusive master-classes from the European filmmakers. The goal of the Festival is to present the best premieres of the European cultural heritage, to raise the interest of general public for cinematography art and enhance international cooperation.

At the request of the Ministry of Justice, courts in the Russian Federation have recently ruled to dissolve the movement For Human Rights, which is one of the oldest human rights organisations in the country, and the Centr

The European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan cordially invites you to the annual European Film Festival on 5-7 November 2019 in Almaty!

This year you will enjoy 16 best films produced by 16 European Union member states. Among the films, there are winners and nominees of high-level international film awards, including the winner of 3 Cesar Awards – Bloody Milk, the winners of David di Donatello awards – A Ciambra, The Vice of Hope, Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize winner – Diamantino, Locarno Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner – Ray & Liz, Venice Film Festival for Best Actor – Saint George, Karlovy Vary Film Festival awards for Best Director – The Line, Winter Flies, and numerous Bucharest, Slovenia, Slovakia, Montreal, Tokyo, Sundance film festivals winners in different categories.

KARAGANDY, November 1, 2019 – Social reintegration of prisoners after release was in the spotlight of the high-level delegation visit from the EU, the UN and the Netherlands. The delegation visited two pilot male and female prison facilities in Karagandy region within the framework of the programme “Supporting the management of violent extremist prisoners and the prevention of radicalization to violence in prisons”. The preliminary findings of the visit were presented today during the expert meeting hosted by the Akimat of Karagandy region.


Freedom of expression, in all its forms, is the very essence of democracy. Only with a thriving, free and independent media landscape, we can hold governments, businesses and society at large accountable. And precisely for this fundamental right, far too often, journalists and media workers are attacked, persecuted, harassed, or intimidated for carrying out their work. Most journalists are not wounded in the heat of war coverage, but suffer violence in our immediate surroundings. In 2018 alone, 94 journalists and media staff were killed in work-related incidents as reported by the International Federation of Journalists. Hundreds more have been subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention without ever having been tried in a court.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, hosted the leaders of the Western Balkans partners on Tuesday in Brussels for a working dinner.


The Brest Regional Court in Belarus has handed down a death sentence to Mr Viktar Serhil.

The European Union expresses its sincere sympathy to all those affected by the crime.

The European Union opposes capital punishment in all circumstances. Capital punishment is an inhumane and ineffective punishment, that fails to act as a deterrent.

Climate change is a global threat and demands global action: the more countries join forces, the bigger the chances we can master this major challenge of our generation. The European Union, Iceland and Norway today agreed to extend their cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

On 24 October we celebrate the laying of the first stone of the most universal multilateral project in history: the United Nations.