The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Kazakhstan at its plenary session in Strasbourg condemning human rights abuses and the violence that erupted after the peaceful demonstrations on 2 January, the EU parliament said on Thursday.
In Kazakhstan, a wave of anti-government protests erupted in early January over a sharp rise in fuel prices, culminating in violence that killed many.
In a resolution adopted by 589 votes to 35, with 47 abstentions, the EP called on the Kazakh government to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to release protesters and activists detained immediately.
MEPs condemned it Kaszim-Zsomart Tokayev inciting rhetoric, in particular, that the president called the protesters terrorists. The EP called on the Kazakh authorities to refrain from prosecuting terrorism “on the basis of an overly broad interpretation of the term” and to differentiate between peaceful demonstrators and those who used violence to commit crimes in accordance with international standards. el.
The EU Parliament expects an appropriate international inquiry into the crimes against the Kazakh people and called on the Kazakh government to set up a permanent task force under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to investigate whether the riots were caused by foreign intervention or internal violence. the results of the fighting and address their root cause.
György Hölvényi, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) emphasized in a statement to the MTI that instead of prejudging, the possibility should be given to investigate the escalation and 225 deaths within the country.
He recalled that the Kazakh authorities had already launched a formal national security investigation, so it was, in his words, disrespectful to make hasty statements in the form of a decision put together in a matter of hours, to go a long way in judging a country.
Violations have taken place, perpetrators of violence must be condemned, but every country has the right to settle its own internal conflicts. Therefore, we have to wait for the end of the Kazakh investigation
The politician has stated that the European Union’s interests in the region are only served by a strategy based on dialogue that avoids destabilization. Kazakhstan is one of the most important countries in the region, and its peace guarantees the stability of the region. The series of demonstrations is not comparable to the Arab spring, György Hölvényi added.
The EP adopted two more resolutions on human rights on Thursday. On the situation in Hong Kong, a diplomatic and political boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was called for, and a report on Sudan called for talks on civilian governance.
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