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United States – Kazakhstan High Level Dialogue on Human Rights and Democratic Reforms

The United States and the Republic of Kazakhstan convened the third annual United States-Kazakhstan High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights and Democratic Reforms on May 20, 2024, in Astana, Kazakhstan.  The U.S. delegation was led by Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya.  The Kazakh delegation was led by Assistant to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for External Affairs, Ambassador Erzhan Kazykhan.

During the dialogue, the United States and the Republic of Kazakhstan underscored their commitment to advancing human rights.  The delegations discussed a range of key issues, including rule of law; protection of freedom of expression, including for members of the media, and freedom of religion or belief; protection of members of vulnerable and marginalized populations; disability rights; and multilateral cooperation, including with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and C5+1 Platform. 

Protection of human rights, including freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly, and respect for independent media are essential for a healthy and thriving democracy.  The United States reaffirmed its strong support for the full implementation of President Tokayev’s reform agenda and commended the Republic of Kazakhstan for progress made in the advancement of human rights including the passage of the April 2024 law recriminalizing domestic violence, a very important step in protecting survivors.  At the same time, the U.S. delegation encouraged advancement of Kazakhstan’s reform efforts with the full participation of, and in consultation with, civil society partners for transparency and accountability.  Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are integral to a prosperous, vibrant “New Kazakhstan,” where independent media, civil society groups, and political parties can operate freely, without undue restrictions.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/united-states-kazakhstan-high-level-dialogue-on-human-rights-and-democratic-reforms/

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