On September 30, on the last day of the autumn session, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a written declaration “Political reform in Kazakhstan responsive to the needs and ambitions of its citizens”.
The authors of the declaration are 23 parliamentarians led by a Lithuanian MP, PACE Vice-President Laima Andrikienė, which include members of the Assembly Bureau, leaders of major political groups, MPs from countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, and Finland.
In the document, the text of which was published on the PACE official website, the European parliamentarians welcome the decision of Kazakhstan’s leadership to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aimed at abolishing the death penalty.
It was noted that this decision was in line with the values and principles of PACE.
“We mostly welcome the statement of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, at the General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, where he underlined the strong position of the state to fulfil the fundamental right to life and human dignity” - the declaration stated.
It was noted that Kazakhstan is an important partner of the Council of Europe in the context of the four-year programme “Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities for Kazakhstan”, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on April 4, 2019.
The declaration adopted in PACE confirmed the high assessment of democratic reforms in Kazakhstan, expressed by European MPs during their meetings with the delegation of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan in Strasbourg.