OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

09/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2020 06:17

OSCE organizes online seminar for judges on freedom of expression and judicial regulation of defamation cases in Kazakhstan

An OSCE-supported seminar on the protection of freedom of expression and the judicial regulation of defamation took place on 24 September 2020 in Nur-Sultan. The OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan co-organized the event with the Supreme Court, the NGO Legal Media Centre, Internews Kazakhstan and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Forty judges of the Supreme Court and the city courts of Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent and regions (oblasts) throughout the country, as well as Master students of the Academy of Justice under the Supreme Court were familiarized with international best practices on judicial regulation of defamation cases. A judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) shared knowledge and expertise on how the ECHR deals with cases on defamation matters in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings. Participants also learned about international standards on defamation trials in the European Court.

The event is part of the Office's activities aimed at promoting media freedom and freedom of expression in line with OSCE principles and commitments.