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Bolatbek Blyalov

Bolatbek Blyalov

HRD, Director
Institute for Democracy and Human Rights

Bolatbek Blyalov is a human rights defender who works on economic and social rights, and is the head of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights. Bolatbek Blyalov has been detained several times during peaceful protests.


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. 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.