Kazakh lawyers voice concerns about violation of their professional rights

September 13th, 2016 § 0 comments

On 8 July 2016, the Third Republican Conference of the Bar Councils’ Delegates took place in Astana, Kazakhstan. In their resolution, the participants of the event noted that there is a growing number of cases of violation of lawyers’ rights by the Kazakh national authorities, which are undermining the independence of the Bar.

They also pointed out the attempts of violation of freedom of expression on matters of legality, law reform, and observance of human rights, including freedom of expression in social networks and the media.

In their common statement, the delegates addressed the national authorities, listing the measures which could strengthen the rule of law and guarantee everyone protection of their rights and freedoms, including the right to a fair trial. In particular, the delegates of the conference called on the Kazakh state authorities to observe the guarantees of lawyers’ professional activities set forth by international law and Kazakh national legislation.

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