Czech Diplomat Nominated for Secretary-General of OSCE

Czech Diplomat Nominated for Secretary-General of OSCE

On Feb. 15, 2017, the government of the Czech Republic approved the nomination of Štefan Füle for secretary-general of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The position is currently held by Lamberto Zannier who recently condemned the increase in violence in East Ukraine last week. He has also been an advocate for infrastructure security from cyber […]

Kazakhstan New Law Allows Government to Block Internet Sites, Internet or Cell Phones Without Warrant

Kazakhstan New Law Allows Government to Block Internet Sites, Internet or Cell Phones Without Warrant

An amendment to Kazakhstan’s internet law will allow officials to block internet access to networks without a court order. Article 41-1, “Procedure for suspension of networks and/or means of communication,” will amend Kazakhstan’s “On Communications” law. The Posecutor General or Deputy Prosecutor General will have the authority to instruct an authorized body to shut off […]

Kazakhstan New Criminal Code to Punish Rumors and Separatists With Up to 12 Years

Kazakhstan New Criminal Code to Punish Rumors and Separatists With Up to 12 Years

Expressing separatist ideas–even peaceful ones–will be illegal in Kazakhstan in the event that the country’s new draft Criminal Code becomes law. Spreading rumors will also be illegal, according to the new draft of the Code. Both crimes are liable to serious penalties. The punishment for expressing separatist sentiments in Kazakhstan will be a maximum of […]