Kazakh Constitutional Court Nullifies NGO Law

by Nathan Hamm on 8/25/2005 · 1 comment

The Kazakh Constitutional Court has ruled that the recent NGO law is unconstitutional and cannot come into effect. Interestingly, it was the president who asked for the court’s review of the law, making me have to wonder whether or not the court’s decision is a round-about way for the government to back down without having to back down.

Regardless, it’s a welcome decision and will keep NGOs in Kazakhstan from having to deal with unnecessary burdens.


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Josh Narins August 26, 2005 at 5:58 am

Montesquieu writes that a Prince (for surely, in the late 1740s when the Spirit of Laws was written, most leaders were such) should never be a judge, because his most generous gesture to the people is the ability to pardon, and he can’t both convict and pardon without looking confused.

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