Mazhilis approves amendments to Law on Peaceful Assemblies

Mazhilis approves amendments to Law on Peaceful Assemblies

The members of the Mazhilis, the Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament, agreed with the amendments to the bill ‘On the procedure for organizing and conducting peaceful assemblies in the Republic of Kazakhstan’ introduced by the Senate, the Upper House of the Kazakh Parliament.

“Having considered the amendments and supplements made to the bill by the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament, the Committee on Legislation, Judicial and Legal Reforms notes that the Senate’s amendments do not alter the concept and content of the bill approved by the Mazhilis of the Kazakh Parliament and that those amendments are aimed at improving some of the bill’s norms. In particular, it is proposed to establish the compulsory number of the specialized places for organizing and holding peaceful assemblies in the districts centers of the cities of national significance, in the Kazakh capital, as well as the administrative centers of the regions,” said Kanat Musin, the member of the Mazhilis.

In addition, Musin emphasized that ‘the amendments propose to exclude such reasons of not approving the holding of a peaceful assembly as disruption of the functioning of vital facilities, transport and other infrastructure, as well as the obstruction of free movement of the Kazakh citizens, because these reasons must be considered and prevented by the government authorities in advance at the stage of establishing a specific place for organizing the assembly.’

In addition, Musin noted that the rule on the termination of a peaceful assembly due to the misconduct of its individual participants should be excluded from the law if those violations were eliminated. The participants of the peaceful assemblies will also be allowed to use personal health protective equipment. The amendments to improve the structure of certain norms of the bill were also introduced.