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  • 27 November 2015

    Kazakhstan Adopts FOI Law; Critic Cites Shortcomings

    Kazakhstan Nov. 16 passed a freedom of information law. Text of the law in Russian. The law has “shortcomings” according to a statement by Dunja Mijatovi, the Representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) , who nevertheless praised the new law as a “major step toward greater transparency […]

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  • 1 October 2015

    Draft Kazakhstan FOI Law Needs Improvement: OSCE

    Freedom of information legislation being prepared in Kazakhstan needs improvement, according to an analysis prepared by the Organization for Security and Co?operation in Europe (OSCE). The critique was presented at a Sept. 25 conference, according to a report by the OSCE, one of the sponsors. Irish FOI expert Maeve McDonagh presented an evalution of the […]

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  • 14 December 2012

    Kazakh FOI Legislation Stalls Without Key Sponsor Asanov

    By Saule Mukhametrakhimova Mukhametrakhimova is Central Asia Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting which published this article on Dec. 11.  Reprinted with permission. A long-awaited bill on access to information in Kazakhstan is now highly unlikely to be passed this year as planned. Some of the civil society groups that invested great hopes […]

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  • 16 August 2011

    Kazakhstan Looking to 2012 for Consideration of FOI Bill

    Freedom of information legislation in Kazakhstan will not be considered until 2012, according to a key member of Parliament, Zh. Asanov. Asanov, who has been a leader in the drafting of a proposed law, said in July that further drafting work is necessary.  The draft law itself still needs elaboration, he said, and it is […]

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  • 24 August 2010

    Four Hearings on Draft FOIA Law Held in Kazakhstan

    Four public hearings were held in Kazakhstan during August as part of an effort to develop a Freedom of Information law. A conference to discuss the draft law is planned for Sept. 24 in Astana after the next draft is made public.   The effort has support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the […]

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  • 1 May 2003

    EBRD Modifies Disclosure Policy; US Says Reforms Insufficient

    The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development April 29 approved amendments to its Public Information Policy over the objections of the United States. Specifically, the United States urged the bank to release draft versions of proposed country strategies before they are sent to the executive board for approval. The United States also pushed for the […]

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  • 1 November 2002

    EBRD Announces Proposal to Modify Public Information Policy

    The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development Bank Oct. 23 proposed revisions to its Public Information Policy and invited public comment by Dec. 6. At the same time, the EBRD requested public reactions to an update of its policies on environmental reviews. Further, the EBRD unveiled a proposal for an “Independent Recourse Mechanism.” This would […]

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LEGAL DOCUMENTS Law on Access to Information  (2015) (English translation by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law)



Measuring Openness

Global Right to Information Rating
A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

Freedom House
The Freedom in the World report.

World Bank
Worldwide Governance Indicators

Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

Reporters Without Borders
The Press Freedom Index.