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The release on parole of the prominent Kazakh activist Vladimir Kozlov, who was imprisoned following the Zhanaozen events of 2011, is positive news.
Further steps should now follow, leading to the full rehabilitation and release of all those civil society activists currently detained or under restriction of movement in Kazakhstan, in line with the country's international commitments.
The European Union recalls that the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Kazakhstan commits the Parties to cooperate in the promotion and effective protection of human rights, including through enhancing the existing human rights dialogue.
An independent and vibrant civil society is crucial for the sustainable development of the country.