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International Legal Initiative Foundation


The International Legal Initiative Foundation (ILI) was founded in 2010 with the aim of protecting and promoting human rights in Kazakhstan.ILI works on legislative reforms in the country and provides free legal aid for victims of human rights violations and to the family members of ethnic Kazakhs imprisoned in political re-education camps in China. It advocates to protect the victims of gross human rights violations in Xinjiang.


Human rights defenders in Kazakhstan are particularly active on legal and penal reform, social rights, freedom of expression, and ethnic minorities’ rights as well as democratisation. Unlike other central Asian countries, instances of direct targeting of critical media and influential NGOs are limited. Repression against human rights defenders often takes the form of economic and legislative obstacles, which are effective in hindering their work and more difficult to challenge.