Kazakhstan: As Stable as Its Government Claims? Hearing Before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, January 25, 2012   [open pdf - 324KB]

This is the January 25, 2012 hearing "Kazakhstan: As Stable as Its Government Claims?" held before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. From the opening statement of Christopher H. Smith: "Today we will discuss the state of human rights and democracy in Kazakhstan. The Government of Kazakhstan, controlled by the authoritarian President-for-Life Nazarbayev, has long sought to obscure its serious human rights and democracy deficiencies by claiming that at least it is a haven of stability in Central Asia. Stability has in fact become the basis of the Government of Kazakhstan's claim to legitimacy. Of course, stability can never be an excuse for dictatorship or widespread torture and similar abuses. We simply can never accept the hidden premise of the Kazakhstan Government's talk of stability, that human dignity can be bargained away in some exchange for stability. Likewise, we cannot accept at face value the claim that Kazakhstan is in fact as stable as its Government claims. This claim must be carefully examined. That is what this hearing is about today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William Courtney, Susan Corke, and Sean R. Roberts.

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CSCE 112-2-2; Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe 112-2-2
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