Uniform Regulations

Uniform Regulations

The bill establishes statutory continuity throughout Kazakhstan's regions for holding peaceful assemblies.

Approved by Default

Approved by Default

Peaceful assemblies are by default approved by local authorities.

No Restrictions on Picketing

No Restrictions on Picketing

Peaceful picketing may be held in any public place throughout Kazakhstan, including outside government buildings. (excludes burial places, military areas, and the grounds surrounding the residences of the President and Elbasy).

Defines Types of Assembly

Defines Types of Assembly

The bill provides clarity between the form and nature of peaceful assembly thereby removing the burden on organizers to define the type of assembly planned.

Presumption for Peaceful Assembly

Presumption for Peaceful Assembly

The principle of presumption is applied in favor of holding peaceful assemblies, meaning that in the absence of justification to restrict or prohibit, the peaceful assembly will take place.

Reduced Period for Consideration

Reduced Period for Consideration

Number of days prior to assembly that an application must be submitted is reduced by two days to three days prior.

Comprehensive List of Prohibitions

Comprehensive List of Prohibitions

The bill clearly identifies the reasons for which an assembly or picket will be disrupted or prohibited:

  • seeking a forcible change of the constitutional order;
  • violating the integrity of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • posing a national security risk;
  • incitement of social, ethnic, racial, national, religious, class and tribal hatred;
  • violation of the Constitution;
  • carrying out illegal act or violating normative statutes;
  • threatening the public order, lives and health of fellow citizens.

Statutory Obligation to Support Peaceful Assemblies

Statutory Obligation to Support Peaceful Assemblies

The bill obligates government bodies to enable and support peaceful assemblies, including public safety, medical services, and fire safety.

Designated Special Assembly Locations

Designated Special Assembly Locations

Specialized locations will be designated for peaceful assemblies at or near the center of a municipal locale (picketing may take place in any public space.) These locations help to ensure authorities recognize the opinions, grievances and message the citizens are expressing. Importantly, such locations will meet public safety codes to provide a safe area for all participants, media and medical support.

Online Public Register

Online Public Register

Local authorities will be required to maintain a public online register providing information and schedule of each Specialized Location. The Register serves as a common resource for all stakeholders.

Mechanisms for Appeals

Mechanisms for Appeals

The bill gives organizers the mechanisms to appeal decisions by local authorities.