Potential for political reforms was not used in Kazakhstan at presidential election - OSCE

Date: 10:12, 11-06-2019.

Almaty. June 11. KazTAG - The potential for political reform has not been used in Kazakhstan at the presidential election, said Urszula Gacek, head of the observation mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), .
“Today, after examining the entire election process, we can conclude that insufficient respect for fundamental freedoms and widespread violations on election day reserve unused potential for political reform,” Gacek said at a press conference.
However, she stressed the lack of opportunities for real political competition, including no possibility of nominating independent candidates and the failure to perform previous recommendations of the OSCE.
In addition, she noted violation of  rights for peaceful meetings and freedom of expression including ongoing detentions of protesters and  speedy trials on them.
Gacek also drew attention to the restriction of media freedom - restricting access to online sources that criticize the authorities “either by completely blocking such sources, or by significantly reducing the speed of access to social networks”, as well as various violations fixed during the elections.

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