On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.
Extracts from the report on the situation in Kazakhstan


Due to the meeting within the framework of validation, NGOs from different coalitions of different regions were able to sit at the same table. To determine what as civil society representatives want to see in the EITI reports additionally, identify those types of information that would not only be of interest to the public , but would also be useful in terms of shaping the state's future policy regarding the receipt and distribution of revenues from the extractive industry.


Elections of akims of cities of regional significance, rural districts, settlements and villages that are not part of the rural district, which took place in August 2017 in all 14 regions of Kazakhstan, were completed. The CEC published generalized information, without details on gender, party affiliation, social status. 


When observing the elections of rural akims in 2013, we paid attention to schedules of consultations of district akims with the local population. At these meetings the akim should consult with the villagers about nominated candidates for the post of rural akim. 

Each time, when observing the elections, ECHO monitors how changes the attitude towards women, how many women participate in the elections and how many eventually become deputies and akims. This time we studied how many women were elected as rural akims during the August 2017 elections. 

The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed a law that amended the Constitutional Law "On Elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan." Part of the changes touched on the requirements for candidates for the presidency of the country. 

On June 1, 2017, in the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a round table was held on the implementation of the Kazakhstan Law on Access to Information. Previously, NGOs carried out practical experiments, what information can be obtained on the websites of government agencies.


In November-December 2013, public association Echo conducted a survey of the level of knowledge about the opportunities for Almaty residents to participate in decision-making at the city level. The survey included an inquiry of citizens representing different population groups, in particular, students, representatives of NGOs, representatives of SMEs. In addition, a survey of experts - lawyers, political scientists, representatives of various public and commercial organizations was conducted.