Kazakhstan makes amendments to counter-terrorism law
Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan.5 / Trend D. Mukhtarov/
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the Law "On amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on counter-terrorism", the Kazakh presidential press service said on Saturday.
"The head of state signed the Law "On amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on counter-terrorism" aimed at improving the legal foundation of the state counter-terrorism system," the report says.
The President submitted the document to the Parliament on Nov.1, 2012.
It envisages amendments and additions to the Criminal Code, the Penal Code, the Code of Administrative Offences and ten laws.
The law was adopted given prevailing tension, radicalization of some part of population, as a consequence, the growth of terrorist activity in the country, the President said.
The law envisages clear demarcation of powers and competences of the state and local authorities in combating terrorism, legal regulation of effective mechanism to organize and coordinate their activities, clarifying conceptual framework and eliminating collisions in the legislation.
According to the developers, the rules of law "will also help reduce the social base of terrorism, increase public confidence in the authorities and increasingly involve civil society in the counter-terrorism process".It envisages review of the key concept "terrorism".
The law provides a fundamentally new definition of terrorism as an ideology of violence and practice to influence decision-making by government authorities or international organizations by making a threat of committing violence and (or) other criminal acts, frightening the population and aimed at detriment of the individual, society and the state.
Antiterrorist commissions headed by governors of regions, cities and districts are envisaged to be established in regions for prevention of terrorism.