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Kazakhstan: Excise Tax Rates Amended

(July 7, 2014) Kazakhstan’s president approved amendments to the country’s law on excise tax rates on June 18, 2014. The revisions, adopted as Law No. 210-V, will increase the taxes due for alcoholic products and come into force on January 1, 2015. In Kazakhstan, excise taxes on alcoholic beverages apply to both production and storage […]

Kazakhstan: New Sentences for Exercise of Religious Beliefs

(Sept. 19, 2013) Kazakhstan was criticized recently by international human rights organizations for restricting specific religious groups and practices. ( Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs website (last visited Sept. 17, 2013).) Kazakhstan is a secular Central Asian state whose Constitution guarantees all citizens freedom of religion. (Constitution of […]

Kazakhstan: New Law on Religion Enacted

(Oct. 17, 2011) On October 13, 2011, President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan signed into law a series of amendments and supplements to a number of Kazakhstan's legal acts, addressing the issues of freedom of conscience and the activities of religious organizations. (President Nursultan Nazarbayev Signed the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Introduction of […]

Kazakhstan: Nationalization Law Considered

(June 21, 2011) It was recently reported that the Parliament of Kazakhstan has started to consider a new bill on state property that will consolidate current Kazakh legislation on management of property that belongs to the state, determine the legal status of state enterprises in Kazakhstan, and define to what degree the state may influence […]

Kazakhstan: Torture Cases Heard

(Mar. 21, 2011) On March 18, 2011, the Zhalkair District Court in Kazakhstan began hearings in a case in which prison officials are accused of torture of inmates and of abuse of office. The crimes are alleged to have taken place in a remand center in Kokshetau, which is the administrative center of one area […]

Kazakhstan: Constitutional Amendment and Early Presidential Elections

(Feb. 9, 2011) On January 31, 2011, the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan recognized as unconstitutional the amendment to the country's Constitution under which the term of office of the current president could be extended until 2020 by a popular referendum, without elections. (See Peter Roudik, Kazakhstan – Parliament Supports Extension of President's […]

Kazakhstan: Parliament Supports Extension of President’s Term of Office

(Jan. 6, 2011) On December 29, 2010, the Mazhilis (lower house of the legislature) of Kazakhstan voted to support the initiative of various public groups, which were recently registered by the Kazakhstan Central Election Commission, to conduct a national referendum on extension of the term of the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev until December 6, 2020. […]

Kazakhstan: Internet Recognized as Mass Media

(Aug. 26, 2009) According to amendments to the nation's Mass Media law signed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan on July 11, 2009, all Internet resources are now recognized as media outlets. That means that all websites, including blogs, chat rooms, web forums, electronic libraries, online stores, etc., must be registered with the Ministry for […]

Kazakhstan: Judicial Authorization of Arrests Required

(Apr. 2, 2008) On February 21, 2008, the legislature of Kazakhstan amended the nation's Code of Criminal Procedure and the Law on the Prosecutor's Office in regard to the application of preventive punishment in the form of arrest. According to the newly introduced procedure, when choosing arrest as a preventive measure, an investigator is supposed […]