Kazakhstan
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The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression remained severely limited. Critics of the authorities faced politically motivated prosecution. Torture and other ill-treatment remained widespread. Human rights defenders faced harassment and civil prosecution for libel. LGBTI people faced stigma and abuse. People with disabilities were deprived of their rights. The worsening economic situation caused by the pandemic reduced access to education and increased child labour.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist for ordinary crimes only

Retains the death penalty only for serious crimes, such as those committed during times of war

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