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Kazakhstan and the United States continue a constructive dialogue on human rights and democratic reforms

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The third meeting of the annual High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights and Democratic Reforms between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United States was held in Astana, co-chaired by Assistant to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for International Affairs Yerzhan Kazykhan and the US Under Secretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights Uzry Zeya.

During the event, the parties constructively discussed interaction between Kazakhstan and the United States on issues of mutual interest in the field of human rights. The parties focused on further implementation of the political reform program of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, which includes expanding the rights of persons with disabilities, combating human trafficking, ensuring freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, supporting media development, as well as asset recovery and the fight against corruption.

The American side reaffirmed its strong commitment to fruitful and reliable cooperation based on mutual interests and common values. Deputy Secretary of State U. Zeya stated the continued support from the United States for the political and socio-economic reforms of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. Tokayev, emphasizing the importance of consistent implementation of the Action Plan in the field of human rights and the rule of law, signed by the President of Kazakhstan in December last year.

Particular attention was paid to strengthening the zero tolerance policy towards violence against women and children. In particular, the American side welcomed the decision adopted on April 15 of this year. a law that toughens penalties for domestic violence and violence against children in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The parties also discussed issues of promoting human rights at the level of multilateral and regional platforms, including cooperation through the UN Human Rights Council and the implementation of initiatives following the results of last year’s C5+1 Summit in New York.

As a result of the meeting, an agreement was reached to continue productive interaction and hold the next meeting of the Dialogue in 2025 in Washington.

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