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Resource Centre mission to Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan, May 2012

In May 2012 our Eastern Europe & Central Asia Researcher & Representative Ella Skybenko (based in Kyiv) and Deputy Director Mauricio Lazala (based in London) spent a week in Almaty & Atyrau (Kazakhstan) and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).  You can watch their short video reports on the mission here.

The purpose of the Resource Centre’s regional research missions like this one is to gather information on business & human rights issues, which we can then help bring to a global and influential audience.  The mission focused largely on environmental pollution affecting health, workplace discrimination, health & safety in the oil industry, labour rights, revenue transparency in extractive sector, and child labour in agriculture and construction sectors.

Ella and Mauricio met with local activists; NGOs; independent foundations; journalists; and business associations (see list below).  They encouraged people to send us reports on alleged abuses and examples of positive steps that companies are taking in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.  They also let companies know that we invite them to respond to concerns raised about their conduct.



Onthe mission, Ella and Mauricio met with representatives of the following organizations:

Green Salvation

Crude Accountability

Transparency International

Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law

Association of Civil Society Development “ARGO”

NGO Drevo Zhizni (EITI)

NGO League of Child Rights Defenders

Children’s Fund of Kazakhstan

Counterpart International

Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) 

Kaspi Tabigate

Mugidek Alime

NGO Demos

NGO Megapolis

Soros Foundation Kazakhstan

Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan

International Business Council

Kazakhstan Petroleum Association