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Parliamentary questions
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21 April 2015
E-002412/2015(ASW)
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002412/2015

The most recent meeting of the EU-Kazakhstan Human Rights Dialogue, held on 12 November 2014, included discussions on issues related to freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of religion or belief, women's rights and the prevention of torture. The EU encouraged the Kazakh authorities to consider accepting a number of recommendations that it initially did not support during the Universal Periodic Review second cycle on 30 October 2014. During the meeting, the EU raised concerns regarding elements of the new Criminal Code, emphasised the important role played by an independent press, and made reference to a number of individual cases. The EU emphasised its readiness to continue cooperating with Kazakhstan on human rights issues, including in the development of a new National Action Plan for human rights. The EEAS is available to assess demands for in-camera debriefings to MEPs following Human Rights Dialogues, as requested by the DROI sub-committee.

The EU — Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) places a strong emphasis on democracy and the rule of law, as well as the importance of human rights and fundamental freedoms..

The EEAS is paying utmost attention to the issues that were identified in the EP resolution on the negotiations for the new PCA, including requests for reforms and follow-up on the individual cases mentioned in the report. The European Union is providing financial support for the reform of the judicial sector in Kazakhstan that was called for by the resolution and is devoting EUR 12 million to this effort under the Development Cooperation Instrument.

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