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Kazakhstan Human Rights and Rule of Law

Kazakhstan Human Rights and Rule of Law

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Extensive measures to improve human rights in Kazakhstan are set out in two current programs: the Kazakhstan Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2012 and the Legal Policy Concept for 2010-2020.
Extensive measures to improve human rights in Kazakhstan are set out in two current programs: the Kazakhstan Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2012 and the Legal Policy Concept for 2010-2020.

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Kazakhstan’s Commitment to Human Rights and the Rule of Law
 January 2013
Extensive measures to improve human rights in Kazakhstan are set out in two current programs: theKazakhstan Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2012 and the Legal Policy Concept for 2010-2020. Asthese policy documents are being implemented successfully, Kazakhstan is achieving a more efficient,consistent and coordinated policy on human rights, with the involvement of Government, civil societyand international organizations. Kazakhstan has already made progress that has brought Kazakhstancloser to EU and OSCE standards, following comprehensive work on the reform of law enforcement and judicial systems and in the area of human rights protection.The Kazakhstan Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2012 has been developed jointly with Kazakh and foreign NGOs. The Government is developing a National Human Rights Action Plan for 2013-2020, whichwill be adopted after consultation with civil society.
Kazakhstan’s activity in the field of human rights is reinforced by a constructive dialogue with the OSCE
(ODIHR) on a number of issues related to enha
ncing democratic processes in Kazakhstan. The ODIHR’s
recommendations are being taken into account and many are being implemented and incorporated intothe texts of legislative regulations.The Government and public organizations in Kazakhstan has also started implementing the guidelines of the Social Modernization Program of Kazakhstan, initiated by the Head of State, with a focus on revisinglegislation in the field of social care.In 2011, Kazakhstan chaired a number of authoritative international organzations such as theOrganization of Islamic Cooperation and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Kazakhstan is also
active within the UN and the OSCE Troika. During Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the OIC a standing
Committee on Human Rights was established. This Committee will now enable us to form a platform fordialogue and the exchange of views and experience on the issues of human rights and freedoms in allmember states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.Kazakhstan has successfully joined fundamental international human rights conventions andagreements, which allow the Government to implement human rights protection mechanisms better.Kazakhstan is pleased to has been elected to the UN Human Rights Council by a vote of the UnitedNations General Assembly. Kazakhstan took up our membership on 1st January 2013 and will sit on theCouncil until 2015. Kazakhstan pledges to lead not only from within the Council, but also at home, toguarantee that universal human rights are protected and observed not just across the globe, but inKazakhstan too.Kazakhstan do not see our election to the Council as a badge of honour. Kazakhstan see it as anopportunity to contribute to global efforts to make progress in this crucial field.
 
Kazakhstan has been actively supporting the work of the Human Rights Council. Our Minister of ForeignAffairs takes part in an annual high-level meeting of the Human Rights Council.One of the hallmarks of the Kazakh OSCE chairmanship in 2010 was the consistent work of theGovernment with civil society and international experts. A clear demonstration of this collaboration wasthe establishment of a Consultative Council on the OSCE Human Dimension in 2010, comprised of officials, civil society representatives and international experts from the United Kingdom, United States,
Netherlands, Estonia and Germany. Following the completion of the Council’s work, the international
experts and civil society representatives expressed their gratitude for the formation of this essentialbody and the possibility of having an open dialogue on the current and anticipated issues in the field of human rights.
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry announced the establishment of a Working Group on the Human
Dimension, which includes representatives of Government, political parties, and Kazakh civil society.Kazakhstan also invited representatives and experts from international human rights organizationsaccredited in Kazakhstan to this Group, including the Almaty Helsinki Committee, the KazakhstanInternational Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, Freedom House, NDI and others.The first meeting of the Working Group on Human Dimension took place at the Ministry of ForeignAffairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on January 14, 2013. Importance of human rights issues and
affirmative work experience at the OSCE Consultative Council on Human Dimension under Kazakhstan’sMinistry of Foreign Affairs, which was functioning in the year of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the
Organization, were the reasons to convene the Working Group on Human Dimension. As a platform fordialogue between government agencies and public sector, the working group might also be helpful in
Kazakhstan’s UN Human Rights Council membership activity starting from January 1, 2013.
 The session included representatives from government agencies, Parliament and political parties,domestic and foreign NGOs. Among attendees were Adviser to the President of KazakhstanYermukhamet Yertisbayev, Commissioner for Human Rights Askar Shakirov, Executive Secretary of theMinistry of Culture and Information Zhanna Kurmangaliyeva, Member of Mazhilis (the LoKazakhstanrChamber) of the Parliament Aigul Solovyeva, Secretary of the Commission on Human Rights under thePresident of Kazakhstan Tastemir Abishev, prominent human rights activists
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Zauresh Battalova,Yevgeny Zhovtis, Vitaliy Voronov, Sergey Zlotnikov, Tamara Kaleeva, Bakhyt Tumenova, ZhemysTurmagambetova, Ninel Fokina and others.The meeting was an open dialogue with representatives of NGOs on human rights issues. Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov opened the meeting by emphasizing the growing importance of human
dimension in implementation of Kazakshtan’s national policy. It is no coincidence that the head of state
in his Address to the nation on December 14, 2012 underlined the importance of focusing all our effortsto increase the quality of human potential in Kazakhstan. Idrissov urged members of the session toconduct a constructive dialogue on key issues of the agenda and asked representatives of thegovernment bodies and non-governmental organizations to learn to «listen and hear each other».

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