Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Two Neighboring Countries – Going Opposite Directions In Its Constitutions

Posted by Info on 05/05/2010

Kazakhstan: A group of parliamentarians have proposed amending the constitution to give President Nursultan Nazarbayev the title, “Leader of the Nation,” and offering blanket immunity for “acts committed during the execution of presidential powers.”

Kyrgyzstan: The immunity of the recent dethroning of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was formally abolished yesterday.
Bakiyev, who fled the ex-Soviet state last month amid anti-government riots which toppled his government, stands accused by the new authorities of organizing the deaths of more than 80 protestors killed during the unrest. Interim Kyrgyz leader Roza Otunbayeva signed the decree, which means that Bakiyev can legally stand trial if Belarus, where he was granted asylum by Belarussian President Aleksander Lukashenko, agrees to extradite him.

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