KAZAKHSTAN NEEDS JUDICIAL REFORM - UN HIGH COMMISSIONER
Astana. July 12. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay believes Kazakhstan's judiciary is in need of serious reform.
"A judicial reform is essential, if Kazakhstan wants to become a genuinely democratic state," Pillay said meeting the Chairman of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan Igor Rogov in Astana on Wednesday.
According to her, "the procedures of nominating and firing judges as well as determining their terms of office and salaries should not be the exclusive remit of the President."
"I strongly recommend that legal amendments should be introduced that will ensure a fairer balance between the branches of the government, particularly to give more weight to the judiciary," the High Commissioner emphasized.
Pillay said she was "worried by the fact that the Constitutional Council cannot become a counterbalance to the presidential power". "The Constitutional Council has no right to revise presidential decisions and is subject to the presidential veto," she noted.
"The Constitutional Council is a very important consultative body that gives expert opinions on many issues. The role of the Council should grow and its recommendations should be binding on the government," Pillay concluded.