The bill establishes statutory continuity throughout Kazakhstan's regions for holding peaceful assemblies.
Peaceful assemblies are by default approved by local authorities.
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).
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.
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.
Number of days prior to assembly that an application must be submitted is reduced by two days to three days prior.
The bill clearly identifies the reasons for which an assembly or picket will be disrupted or prohibited:
The bill obligates government bodies to enable and support peaceful assemblies, including public safety, medical services, and fire safety.
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.
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.
The bill gives organizers the mechanisms to appeal decisions by local authorities.