Human rights violations in Kazakhstan have been criticized by the European Parliament

On February 11, 2021 the European Parliament has adopted a resolution about the situation in Kazakhstan and has criticized the country’s government for human rights violations in many spheres.

The resolution has supported by all the political groups, despite the lobbying of Kazakhstan’s representation in Brussels against the resolution.

The European politicians emphasized the situation of vulnerable groups in Kazakhstan – the violation of the rights of ethnic minorities, women and LGBTI. The inter-ethnic clashes in the southern regions of the country have been mentioned, namely the anti-Dungan pogrom in February 2020 that resulted in at least 11 dead.

The Members of the European Parliament expressed their concerns regarding the deterioration in the general situation of human rights and a crackdown on civil society organizations and called the government of Kazakhstan to stop politically motivated persecution, reprisals, and harassment against human rights activists and to release all political prisoners. Following the European External Action Service (EEAS) the European Parliament noted that  Kazakhstan’s parliamentary elections of 10 January 2021 have become a missed opportunity for political reforms and modernization of the political system.

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