Director, Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law
Yevgeniy Zhovtis is a prominent human rights lawyer and the current director of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, a member of the OSCE ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Assembly, and a member of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Council. He received a PhD in mining economics, but in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he turned to promoting democracy, rule of law and human rights in Kazakhstan and the post-Soviet space. He has been an outspoken critic of human rights violations in Kazakhstan for the past 30 years. Zhovtis has been the recipient of numerous human rights awards, including the EU and US Democracy and Civil Society Award in 1999, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Human Rights Award in 2007, and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award in 2010.