Organisation: Human rights defender, Licensed Attorney in the State of New York (US)
Ms. Bota Jardemalie (Kazakhstan/Belgium) - a Kazakh human rights defender, licensed attorney in the State of New York and outspoken critic of the Kazakh regime, who was granted political asylum in Belgium in 2013. As a lawyer, she defends dissidents as well as opponents to the Kazakh regime. Bota also advocates for release of Kazakhstan’s political prisoners with various international political institutions. For years she has been facing continuous harassment by Kazakh authorities in an attempt to intimidate, silence, and punish her for her work as a lawyer, activist and human rights defender.