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Kazakhstan’s ‘Reformed’ Protest Law Hardly an Improvement

Click to expand Image Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev takes the oath during his inauguration ceremony in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. © 2019 Vladislav Vodnev / Sputnik via AP   This week, Kazakhstan’s President Kasym-Jomart Tokaev signed into law new legislation supposedly reforming the right to protest in the country. But despite officials’ claims, the law doesn’t make it easier for people to exercise their right to protest –in some ways it will become more difficult. Reforming Kazakhstan’s law on public assemblies became popular after authorities detained thousands protesting presidential…

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