The Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR) is a Kazakhstan non-governmental, not-for-profit human rights organisation whose mission is aimed at promoting:
observance of civil and political rights and freedoms in Kazakhstan and other countries;
development of democracy, the rule of law and civil society through education, monitoring (data collection, analysis and dissemination of information), advocacy activities, analysis of legislation and bringing it in compliance with international standards.
KIBHR was founded in 1993 and officially registered in 1995. In Kazakhstan, KIBHR has a network, which includes nine branches and two representatives. The head office is located in Almaty. KIBHR has a staff of 45, including some of the country`s leading experts in the field of human rights, lawyers, journalists, sociologists and analysts.
For nearly 19 years KIBHR was led by Yevgeny Zhovtis, a well-known human rights activist. In April 2012 he resigned as director of KIBHR, but still continues to serve as KIBHR Chairman, providing strategic management of the organisation. Yevgeny Zhovtis also continues to work as an expert-consultant and participates in a number of key projects. Since 2012 KIBHR is headed by Roza Akylbekova who has been with the organisation since its inception and has a wealth of experience to ensure continuity of the operations.
Over its 21-years history, KIBHR has become a human rights leader in Kazakhstan. KIBHR`s work has always been about achieving systemic changes in the sphere of political rights and civil freedoms, drawing attention to violations of human rights, and providing systematic analysis of trends. Today, the public, state bodies and international community at large consider KIBHR as a sort of a human rights brand of Kazakhstan.