Kazakhstan’s “most significant” human rights problems identified by the Department of State include a limited ability to change the government through free and fair elections, a limited right to free expression, and the absence of an independent judiciary or due process. The report stated that a labor law passed in June 2014 “restricts workers’ freedom of association” by forcing independent unions to affiliate with larger unions at the regional or sectoral scale. Critics allege that these larger unions are too closely entangled with the political establishment to lobby effectively for workers’ rights.
Date of Report: July 8, 2015
Order Number: IF10251
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