FREEDOM HOUSE CONCERNED OVER LACK OF POLITICAL COMPETITION IN KAZAKHSTAN
Almaty. July 25. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The Freedom in the World 2012 Report released by Freedom House puts Kazakhstan in the group of "not free" countries.
"The report rates countries as free, partly free or not free depending on political rights and political freedoms. Unfortunately, according to this ranking, Kazakhstan is placed in the category of "not free" countries," President of Freedom House David Kramer said at a Wednesday press conference in Almaty.
In particular, he aired concerns over "personalized structure of power and lack of political competition."
"Certainly, the labor unrest in Zhanaozen last December is among the factors that influenced the ranking. We support the view of the UN human rights official for more through investigation," Kramer added.
Freedom House said that Kazakhstan suffered a decline in the index for transition countries. "In some categories, which include civil society and local democratic governance, the judicial system and independence, Kazakhstan has declined," he said.