European Parliament calls authorities of Kazakhstan to cease all forms of political repressions
Almaty. March 15. KazTAG - Kazakhstan must cease all the forms of political repressions, reads the resolution of the European Parliament adopted on March 14.
"The EP expresses its concerns about the curtailment of freedom of the media, freedom of expression, and freedom of association and assembly, including by means of restrictive legislation, pressure, censorship and criminal prosecution of activists; points out that freedom of speech for the independent media, bloggers and individual citizens is a universal value that must be upheld; urges the Kazakhstani authorities to amend the legislation relevant to the field of press, civic associations and political parties in accordance with international standards on freedom of expression and freedom of assembly; recommends Kazakhstan to apply the standards of the Council of Europe in its legal system," reads the resolution.
The EP asked for an end to be put to the judicial persecution, harassment and imprisonment of independent journalists, civil society activists, trade union leaders, human rights defenders, opposition political figures and other outspoken individuals in retaliation for their exercise of the freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms, a phenomenon that has intensified over the last couple of years; calls for a further abandonment of the practice of banning activists from attending human rights missions outside the country.
In the resolution the EP calls for the full rehabilitation and immediate release of all activists and political prisoners currently in jail, namely Mukhtar Dzhakishev, Maks Bokayev, Iskander Yerimbetov, Aron Atabek, Sanat Bukenov and Makhambet Abzhan, Saken Tulbayev, as well as for the lifting of restrictions placed on the movements on others; requests to implement the communications from the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture; calls for protection for victims of torture, for them to be provided with proper medical care and for proper investigation into incidents of torture; requests an end to abuse of its Interpol’s extradition procedures and a stop to the harassment of political opposition.
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